Minnesota Judge Orders Registration of all Stryker Hip Lawsuits
A federal judge overseeing Stryker hip lawsuits relating to the recall of the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems has ordered all attorneys register filed and un-filed claims in order to facilitate the recently-announced settlement program, according to recent reports.
A Pretrial Order issued in November by a federal judge in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota ordered that all lawyers involved in the multidistrict litigation register claims over the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. This includes all filed and un-filed claims, as well as those brought by patients who have not undergone revision surgery to remove their defective hip.
5,000 Cases Remain after Stryker Hip Recall Settlement
According to court records, there are currently about 5,000 Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip lawsuits filed in state and federal courts around the U.S., all of which alleging similar injuries caused by the metal hip components. These may include pain, swelling, a loss of mobility and symptoms related to metallosis (metal ion poisoning) that manifest after cobalt and chromium debris from the implant sheds into the recipient’s blood stream. Stryker’s recent settlement of Rejuvenate and ABG II lawsuits awards a base payment of $300,000 to all Stryker plaintiffs who underwent revision surgery on or before November 2nd, 2014, The ultimate payment to individual plaintiffs eligible to benefit from the settlement depends on the plaintiff’s age, whether or not they had prior hip revision surgeries or if they had another health condition. It may also increase if the lawsuits meet certain “enhancements,” or eligibility requirements.
Following the Minnesota court’s order for a full case registration of Stryker claims, the lawyers were permitted to do so as of November 14 and will have until December 14th to submit their lists. The federal judge stipulates that each case log-in must include certain client information and a Primary Law Firm, as well as indicate appropriate contact information. Claimants who wish to receive compensation through the settlement must then enroll between January 15, 2015 and March 2, 2015, according to court documents. Registration of a claim does not represent a commitment to participate in the settlement program.
All lawsuits filed over the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems follow a voluntarily recall of the devices on July 6, 2012. The hip manufacturer removed them from the market after post-release surveillance data showed their potential to fret and corrode at the modular-neck junction.
Contact a Stryker Hip Recall Lawsuit
Call a Stryker hip recall lawyer to start the process of pursuing a lawsuit against the manufacturer at (877) 779-1414.