Lawsuits filed over the recalled Stryker Rejuvenate hip made significant strides in May as the mediation plan for claims pending in a consolidated litigation in New Jersey was carried out and a judicial panel met to discuss the creation of a federal proceeding.

In the litigation underway in Bergen County Superior Court, an Order issued April 2nd by Judge Brian R. Martinotti asked both parties to pick five lawsuits for mediation. For this plan, a panel of third-party mediators was chosen in March.

According to the order, the litigation will continue to move forward as mediation takes place. Court records indicate 161 Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuits were filed in New Jersey as of May 2013.

Stryker Rejuvenate Cases Make Strides in U.S. Courts

The cases filed against Stryker Orthopaedics involve with the Rejuvenate modular-neck hip stem, which was recalled alongside the company’s ABG II device on July 6, 2012 after it was revealed that the components may have the potential to fret and/or corrode at the modular neck junction. Plaintiffs in lawsuits filed after the Stryker hip recall allege the metal components of the hip replacements may cause early hip failure complications which may include pain, swelling, infection, and symptoms associated with high metal ion levels and metallosis. The next case management conference for this litigation will be held June 18th, 2013.

In federal court, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation met on May 30th to hear Oral Arguments on whether to consolidate cases in a single proceeding. According to court documents, dozens of Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuits have been filed in jurisdictions throughout the U.S.

Following last summer’s recall, Stryker Orthopaedics has advised patients to undergo routine blood testing and cross-sectional imaging to find out if they are experiencing early hip failure complications. Even patients who are not experiencing symptoms out of the norm should seek medical attention, however. Tests have showed even asymptomatic patients experiencing high metal ion levels.

Find Out More about Stryker Hip Recall Complications

Recipients of the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip stems are urged to contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP to pursue the legal help of an attorney. Call the Firm at (877) 779-1414.

Published May 31, 2013 by