Plaintiffs in Stryker Rejuvenate Lawsuits Await Federal Panel’s Decision of Whether to Consolidate Cases
Now that a judicial panel has met to discuss whether federally-filed Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuits should be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation, plaintiffs are anxiously awaiting its decision.
At a hearing session held on May 30th, 2013, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) heard Oral Arguments to decide whether claims filed over the now-recalled Stryker Rejuvenate modular-neck hip stem should be coordinated in a single proceeding. As of May 2013, at least 30 claims over the metal hip implant, which was recalled alongside the ABG II device on July 6, 2012, had been filed in jurisdictions throughout the U.S.
Stryker Rejuvenate Lawsuits Move Forward in State, Federal Courts
Plaintiffs in federal Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuits have previously filed motions with the JPML to create a single proceeding for these cases, but no location has been determined as of yet. These cases allege the implants were defectively designed given their potential to fret and corrode at the modular-neck junction. In turn, they claim this complication may cause a patient to suffer pain, swelling, infection, difficulty walking and metallosis (metal ion poisoning), which stems from the metal components to fret and corrode. This may result in adverse tissue reactions and the shedding of metallic debris into the patient’s blood stream.
Meanwhile, lawsuits filed at the state court level moved forward in May as the mediation plan put forth by the judge overseeing a consolidated litigation underway in Bergen County Superior Court was carried out. As part of the mediation plan, issued April 2nd by Judge Brian R. Martinotti, both parties in the Stryker Rejuvenate litigation were asked to choose five cases for mediation. As of May 2013, court records indicate there were 161 lawsuits pending in this proceeding.
The next case management conference in the litigation has been scheduled for June 18th, 2013.
Since the recall, Stryker Orthopaedics has begun to address the complications associated with the Rejuvenate hip by urging all recipients to undergo routine cross-sectional imaging and blood testing. Even asymptomatic patients are encouraged to seek medical attention, according to the company’s website, as many hip implant recipients have been seen to experience high metal levels in the blood even in the absence of symptoms.
Contact a Stryker Rejuvenate Lawyer for Help in Filing a Claim
Anyone who received the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip stem is encouraged to seek the legal advice of an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP. Call the Firm to learn more about Stryker hip replacement lawsuits at (877) 779-1414.