All lawsuits filed after the Stryker hip recall have now been consolidated in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court to be overseen by the same judge leading the state’s DePuy ASR litigation.

The action to coordinate Stryker hip recall lawsuits into a multicounty litigation proceeding was signed by the New Jersey Supreme Court on Jan. 24, and was made at the behest of 10 plaintiffs who filed a petition to do so on Sept. 19, 2013.

These cases were brought by patients who suffered complications after receiving the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems.

Judge Brian R. Martinotti has already been assigned several state court DePuy ASR hip lawsuits in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court. These claims were filed on behalf of plaintiffs who suffered injuries after being implanted with the DePuy ASR hip replacement device, recalled by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics in August 2010.

To keep Stryker hip lawsuits moving forward, Martinotti scheduled an initial conference for the Stryker hip litigation for Feb. 20.

Stryker Hip Recall Allegations

The Stryker hip recall was voluntarily issued in July 2012 by Stryker Orthopaedics and affected approximately 20,000 Rejuvenate modular-neck hip stems. Since then, cases have been filed on behalf of plaintiffs who allege the implant caused them to experience the following side effects: • pain and/or swelling at the local joint site; • metallosis; • loosening; • immobility; and • inflammation of the surrounding tissue.

Lawsuits also claim Stryker Orthopaedics failed to warn about the risks associated with its product, which were noted by the company on July 3, 2012.

The metal components of the hip replacement device had the potential to fret and corrode, Stryker said, which may cause a build-up of metallic debris in the patient’s blood stream and surrounding tissue. This condition is known as metallosis (metal ion poisoning), and can lead to a slew of harmful side effects.

How to File a Stryker Hip Recall Lawsuit

If you suffered side effects after being implanted with the Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II modular-neck stems, you may be eligible to file a Stryker hip recall lawsuit. Call a lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to learn more at (877) 779-1414.

Published January 31, 2013 by