Plaintiffs Endorse Appointment of Special Master in Biomet Hip Lawsuit Litigation
A special master to aid in certain matters related to federally-filed Biomet hip lawsuit claims would be beneficial to the progress of the litigation, according to plaintiffs involved in the metal hip proceeding.
According to a Memorandum filed on October 25th, attorneys have formally endorsed the appointment of a special master, which they say is now common practice in multidistrict litigations, and that doing so will likely benefit federally-filed lawsuits involving the Biomet M2a Magnum hip replacement system. A special master would likely help in facilitating the resolution of certain discovery issues related to the proceeding currently underway in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, plaintiffs added.
The attorneys’ decision to endorse the appointment of a special master was reached after the federal judge overseeing the proceeding directed parties to weigh in on the appointment in an Order dated October 9th. Defendants have until November 1st to file an objection with the court. (In re: Biomet M2a Magnum Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2391)
725 Biomet Hip Lawsuits Filed in Federal Indiana Litigation
The federal Biomet hip replacement litigation is continuing to move forward. According to court documents, 725 lawsuits have now been filed in the proceeding over the Biomet M2a Magnum metal-on-metal hip replacement, which consists of a cobalt-chromium ball and cup that can be prone to wear and tear. As a result, metallic debris may shed into the plaintiffs’ blood stream and cause pain, swelling, metallosis (metal ion poisoning) and other complications. The defective design of the implant may then require revision surgery to correct complications allegedly caused by the device, lawsuits allege.
As Biomet metal-on-metal hip claims move forward, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has continued to crack down on this class of devices. In January 2013, the agency proposed new regulations that would require all new devices to receive premarket approval. Individuals who already received metal hip replacements have been advised to undergo blood testing to monitor for elevated metal ion levels.
Did You Receive the Biomet M2a Magnum Hip? File a Lawsuit Today.
If you sustained injuries after receiving the Biomet M2a Magnum hip replacement, contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries at (877) 779-1414.