Breaking News: $ 1.4 Billion Stryker Hip Settlement Reached

A global settlement was announced on November 3, 2014 between Stryker Corp. and thousands of Plaintiffs nationwide who were previously implanted with the company’s recalled Rejuvenate and ABG-II modular-neck stem hip implants. This settlement will help thousands of individuals who have had complications involving these defective hip replacements. Call the experienced attorneys at Pittman, Dutton & Hellums, P.C. at 866-515-8880 to see if you qualify for this settlement. Attorney Chris Hellums was appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee by the Judge overseeing all lawsuits filed in federal court against Stryker for these recalled devices.

Stryker Hip Replacement Recall

Stryker anticipates the settlement will exceed $1.4 billion. The settlement was the result of litigation involving Stryker’s recalled Rejuvenate and ABG-II modular-neck stems. The recall was issued after patients began reporting serious complications from metallosis related injuries caused by fretting and corrosion of the modular-neck stem.

Stryker sold more than 20,000 Rejuvenate and ABG-II hip implant stems, but court records show just over five thousand lawsuits have been filed. Unfortunately, these defective hip implants continue to fail, and patients continue to suffer. If you had hip replacement surgery, contact attorney Chris Hellums or attorney Jon Mann of Pittman, Dutton & Hellums, P.C. for a free consultation to learn about your rights and to determine if you qualify for compensation.

If you or someone you know has suffered pain or swelling, or had to face a corrective surgery as a consequence of having a Stryker Rejuvenate Modular or ABG II modular-neck hip stem system, contact attorneys Chris Hellums and Jon Mann of Pittman, Dutton & Hellums today.

The medical device manufacturer Stryker voluntarily initiated a recall of its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems in June of 2012. This recall was initiated due to the potential risk of injury associated with the modular-neck stem components having metal on metal fittings, which can lead to fretting and/or corrosion at or around the modular-neck junction. This can lead to significant pain and/or swelling, or other adverse local tissue reactions in or around the hip. If you were implanted with a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II modular-neck hip stem, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for any medical expenses, lost wages, or pain and suffering you have sustained as a result of the defective device.

Hip Replacement Components Subject to the Recall

Stryker has recalled the following hip replacement products:

  • Stryker Rejuvenate modular neck hip stems
  • ABG II modular-neck hip stems

Due to the recall, all products remaining on the market will be returned to the manufacturer, or otherwise disposed.

How To Tell if You Have a Recalled Device

Due to the recall, patients who were fitted with the defective products should have received a notice in the mail from the manufacturer or the surgeon that performed the implant procedure. If you have undergone a total hip replacement and are unsure if you received a Rejuvenate or ABG II modular-neck stem replacement, you should contact your surgeon to confirm the product that was used. Additionally, you can contact the hospital where your surgery was performed, and request a copy of the “chart stick” from your surgery.

The characteristic nature of both the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems is that the stems themselves contain a metal-on-metal modular junction, which can lead to fretting or corrosion, causing toxic metal debris to enter your bloodstream. These serious risks make it imperative that patient with these devices undergo testing and evaluation in order to monitor for adverse affects, even if you are not currently experiencing any symptoms.

Common Symptoms of the Defective Rejuvenate & ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems

Common symptoms or problems associated with the recalled stems include:

  • component misalignment
  • infection of the blood or surrounding areas
  • bone fractures
  • subsequent dislocation
  • unexplained loss of muscle mass
  • unexplained hip pain
  • thigh and groin pain
  • pain when walking
  • pain when rising from a seated position
  • clicking sounds

Additionally, subsequent x-rays or imaging may reveal metal debris, which can ultimately lead to inflammation of the surrounding tissue.

How the Recall Was Initiated

The recall was the result of adverse affects coinciding with a general heightened awareness of the potential dangers associated with metal on metal hip replacement components.

This recall has many parallels with the DePuy ASR hip recall of 2010, including similar symptoms of metallosis and toxic levels of metal in the blood stream, and similarly escalated failure rates, both leading to patients having to undergo revision surgeries.

In addition to the side effects of corrosion and fretting, and the pain, swelling, or adverse affects related to those matters, the manufacturer has also received reports of patients with mild or no symptoms who have tested positive for high levels of metal in their blood stream, or other evidence of local tissue reaction.

What Should I Do if I Received a Recalled Product?

Patients should always consult a doctor or relevant healthcare professional regarding medical concerns. If you have received a defective joint replacement component, speak with an attorney today regarding your claims. DO NOT SIGN A RELEASE FROM THE SURGEON OR STRYKER. It is imperative that you do not sign a release sent to you from your surgeon on behalf of Stryker. These releases will allow Stryker to obtain complete access to your medical records, and will also allow them to retain possession of the defective implant in the event that it is removed.

In determining a course of action, it is important to keep in mind that your case will be subject to a statute of limitations, which limits the amount of time you have to file a claim. Depending on your state, the clock may begin to run from the time the injury began or when you first realized the potential cause of the injury. Our product defect lawyers can help you determine the relevant statute of limitations and file your claim before it becomes time barred.

Call lawyers Chris Hellums or Jon Mann of Pittman, Dutton & Hellums today. You can call toll free (866) 515-8880 or fill out the form for a free consultation and immediate evaluation of your case. We are serving clients nationwide. Our attorneys can help you get a fair settlement, or determine whether to bring your case to trial.

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