Four Stryker Recall Suits Reportedly Settled in New Jersey Litigation
Four lawsuits filed over metal hip implants affected by last year’s Stryker recall have reportedly been settled by the manufacturer, according to NorthJersey.com.
The reported settlements, which were announced on December 17th by lawyers associated with the case, are the first to be reached over the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems after a series of mediation sessions that took place over the past two weeks.
An attorney referenced in the article says that six Stryker lawsuits were originally involved in the negotiations in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court, but two of the deals fell through.
1,000+ Stryker Lawsuits Now Filed in U.S.
Given that over 550 cases had been filed at the time of the litigation’s last Case List update, this week’s update agreement is just the “tip of the iceberg,” when it comes to the nationwide litigation of metal hip cases filed against Stryker Corp., the attorney said.
Not to mention the hundreds of cases have been filed in a federal Stryker proceeding established in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. As of December 16th, an update from the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) indicates that a total of 462 lawsuits had been filed in that litigation. A month earlier, that number had not yet surpassed 400. (In re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2441)
All of the cases filed in these proceedings were brought by patients who may have experienced pain, swelling, and symptoms associated with metal ion poisoning (metallosis) after receiving the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II modular-neck hip stems. These metal implants were recalled by the manufacturer on July 6, 2012 after their components were shown to fret and corrode, increasing their potential to cause patient complications. Since then, Stryker Orthopaedics has urged all patients who received the implants to seek routine blood testing and cross-sectional imaging to monitor for elevated metal ion levels in the blood stream. That recommendation doesn’t just apply to those experiencing signs of premature device failure, though: even asymptomatic patients have been shown to experience complications related to metallosis.
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