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Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Medical Risks | 0 comments

Final Stryker: Hip Replacement Maker Agrees to Settlement

About 3,000 of those who have used the help of a personal injury¬†lawyer and filed a personal injury claim against the hip replacement product’s manufacturer may be able to take part in a settlement program in lieu of going through the trial process.

Stryker Orthopaedics (aka Howmedica Osteonics Corporation) agreed to set aside $1 billion in a settlement fund in which eligible individuals may put in a claim instead of pursuing a lawsuit for injuries sustained when the Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Hip or ABG II Modular hip systems failed well short of its expected life span. It has been determined that the hip replacement products were defective in design and its metal-against-metal construction was inherently dangerous.

Each successful claimant would be entitled to a minimum $300,000 for each failed implant, and this compensation can go up on a case-to-case basis. The settlement agreement specifies that patients that had to undergo more revision surgeries and/or suffered more complications would receive more.

Stryker had issued a recall of these two hip implant products on July 3, 2012 on the wake of an alarming number of complaints coming in about the failure of the implant and the resulting pain in implanted patients. Upon investigation, it turned out that the implants deteriorated at a rapid rate, and produced metal debris that caused bone and tissue damage as well as pain and swelling. Stryker had categorized this as a potential risk of fretting or corrosion.

Stryker implants were supposed to last 15 years, but it had failed in a significant portion of its users (13%) within two years, a clear sign of something seriously wrong. The number of complaints rapidly swelled following the recall and the cases were eventually pulled into multidistrict litigation (In re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2441 District of Minnesota).

If you have been implanted with these Stryker hip implant products, you may be at high risk of developing serious complications. Consult with your physician about the risks, and a Stryker hip implant lawyer in your area to find out if you are eligible to make a claim.

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