Hundreds of additional patients injured as a result of defective Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implant systems can now participate in a nationwide settlement, extending the scope of a prior agreement.
This recent announcement is the latest development in litigation involving thousands of plaintiffs who sued the Kalamazoo, Michigan-based company. They allege that the two modular stem hip replacement models – manufactured by Stryker subsidiary Howmedica Osteonics Corp and recalled in 2012 – failed at alarming rates within two to three years, causing patients unnecessary pain, disability, loss of mobility, and the need for revision surgery to remove and replace the defective devices. In many cases, victims suffered tissue damage when metal components corroded, leeching metal into the bloodstream and areas surrounding the hip.
Due to the sheer number of suits, the cases from across the U.S. were consolidated into multi-district litigation in a Minnesota federal court and a New Jersey state court. In the first round of settlements, Stryker agreed to compensate individuals a base award of $300,000 for each failed implant, with additional money for those who experienced complications during corrective surgery.
More than 95% of the eligible patients enrolled in the initial program. Under this new agreement, additional patients are now eligible to receive the base award according to the following requirements:
- U.S. patients had surgery to remove their Stryker Rejuvenate hip stem and/or ABG II hip stem before December 19, 2016, and
- Claimants must register for the settlement program by March 1, 2017.
There are additional requirements to receive an enhanced benefit.
It is critical that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible to participate in the settlement and pursue your right to money damages!
Sommers Schwartz attorney Rob Sickels, himself a double hip implant recipient, represents a number of patients injured by the defective hip replacement devices. If you or a loved one was implanted with a Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II hip implant and are experiencing decreased mobility, inflammation and swelling, hip joint dislocation, hip joint infection, or severe pain in the hip, groin or thigh, please contact Mr. Sickels today!