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Prior to July 2012, when Stryker Orthopaedics recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, approximately 20,000 Stryker Rejuvenate devices were sold throughout the United States.
That means thousands of people were unknowingly implanted with devices that had the potential to cause them metallosis (metal ion poisoning), hip replacement failure, and other scary side effects that eventually required them to undergo (sometimes multiple!) revision surgeries to correct.
The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems were recalled by the manufacturer after post-market surveillance data revealed that their metal components had the potential to fret or corrode; causing toxic metal debris to seep into the patient’s bloodstream. That’s why more and more patients who received these devices have alleged complications related to metal ion poisoning, also known as metallosis, hip replacement failure, and more.
Adverse event reports logged by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have noted chronic pain, loosening of the device, immobility and inflammation.
If you have a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implant and claim to have experienced these side effects, which have forced patients to undergo revision surgeries to correct, keep reading. You may be eligible to file a Stryker hip replacement lawsuit.
Since the Stryker hip recall of July 2012, the litigation of lawsuits filed over the Rejuvenate hip replacement has grown significantly. On Feb. 28, 2013, NorthJersey.com reported that over 80 claims filed over the Stryker Orthopaedics-manufactured device were pending in New Jersey Superior Court. These lawsuits are currently being overseen by Judge Brian R. Martinotti, who was assigned the pretrial proceedings this January in an Order issued by New Jersey Supreme Court.
NorthJersey.com said the nationwide case over Stryker’s Rejuvenate devices is shaping up to be “one of the biggest mass-tort litigations in the country.”
A request in February from a federally-filed Stryker hip lawsuit plaintiff allowed insight into the federal litigation of these cases as well. In a motion to consolidate all claims in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Minnesota, the plaintiff said there were 30 Stryker hip lawsuits pending in federal court at the time. 10 of those claims had been filed in Minnesota federal court, which would make this location ideal for the creation of a multidistrict litigation (MDL). Along with ensuring the convenience of all parties, a MDL would also eliminate the possibility of duplicative discoveries in various trials, the request stated.
Meanwhile, it’s clear that Stryker Orthopaedics has been paying attention to the growing number of lawsuits filed against the Rejuvenate. The manufacturer recently partnered with third-party claims administrator, Broadspire Services Inc., to work directly with patients in managing claims related to medical treatment costs for patients affected by the recall. Expenses covered under the Stryker Broadspire Claims Program include “testing, treatment, revision surgery; if necessary; and other costs relating to this voluntary recall,” the company says on its website.
However, few other specifics about what these expenses may include are described clearly on the Stryker Broadspire Claims Program’s “Claims & Reimbursement FAQs” page.
For this reason, patients are encouraged to contact an attorney before reaching out to a representative from the Broadspire Stryker claims program. Any information you disclose to the company may be used during your Stryker hip lawsuit.
Since the beginning of 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has received more than 60 adverse event reports of metal corrosion, tissue inflammation and other complications stemming from the Stryker hip implants. The high number of these reports helped ignite concerns that ultimately led to the Stryker Rejuvenate ABG II hip recall.
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