New York, NY (PRWEB) March 02, 2013
Court records indicated that more than 80 Stryker hip lawsuits have been filed in a consolidated litigation underway in New Jersey state court since the announcement of the July 2012 recall of Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to filings in Bergen County Superior Court, plaintiffs allege the recalled Stryker hip implants shed dangerous amounts of metal ions when the metal components rubbed together, causing patients to suffer muscle, nerve and bone damage. Many of the plaintiffs further allege they were forced to undergo revision surgery to remove the device when their Stryker hips failed. (In re Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and the ABG II Modular Hip Stem Litigation, No. 296)
“The injuries alleged in the Stryker hip lawsuits filed in the New Jersey litigation echo what we have heard from our clients since the Stryker Rejuvenate recall. We believe hundreds of similar claims will be filed in New Jersey and elsewhere in the coming months,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is actively filing Stryker hip lawsuits in the New Jersey proceeding on behalf of individuals who suffered metallosis, hip implant failure and other complications, related to the Stryker Rejuvenate recall.
Stryker Rejuvenate Recall
The Stryker hip recall was announced in July 2012 after data indicated the metal hip stems were prone to fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction. According to court documents, the Stryker Rejuvenate litigation underway in New Jersey was established last month by an order of the New Jersey Superior court. According to a report from NorthJersey.com, plaintiffs’ attorneys have told the judge overseeing the proceeding that hundreds of additional Stryker hip lawsuits will be filed in the future, and legal experts say the litigation could become one of the biggest mass torts in Bergen County.* Judge Brian R. Martinotti, who is overseeing the New Jersey state litigation, held an initial conference on February 20th. Court records indicate that the next conference in the Stryker hip litigation has been scheduled for March 19th.
In addition to the New Jersey litigation, additional Stryker hip lawsuits stemming from the Rejuvenate recall have been filed in various federal courts throughout the country. On February 19th, a plaintiff in one of those lawsuits requested that the U.S. Judicial Panel on Mutidistrict Litigation transfer all federally-filed claims to the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota for pretrial proceedings. (In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, Case Pending No. 20 (JPML))
Stryker has warned that patients implanted with the recalled components may experience pain, swelling and adverse local tissue reactions. In its most recent recall update, Stryker advised affected individuals to undergo metal ion testing and cross sectional imaging, even if they are not experiencing any problems with their hip. According to the company, there have been reports of patients without symptoms who experienced high levels of metal ions in their blood and/or adverse local tissue reactions.*
Stryker has also announced that it had retained Broadspire Services, Inc., a third-party claims administrator, to work directly with patients to manage medical claims and address out-of-pocket costs relating to the Stryker Rejuvenate recall.** Bernstein Liebhard LLP has advised that potential claimants speak with an attorney before they begin a Broadspire Stryker claim. Any information disclosed in the course of the claims process could be used as evidence later should they choose to pursue a Stryker hip lawsuit.
Individuals affected by the Stryker Rejuvenate recall who have experienced hip implant failures, metal poisoning, pain, or revision surgery may be entitled to file a Stryker hip lawsuit seeking compensation for their medical care, pain and suffering, and other damages. A wealth of information regarding the Stryker hip recall is available at Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. Free lawsuit evaluations can be obtained by calling 877-779-1414.
About Bernstein Liebhard LLP
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993, including those who have been harmed by dangerous drugs, defective medical devices and consumer products. The firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the “Plaintiffs’ Hot List,” recognizing the top plaintiffs’ firms in the country, for the past 10 consecutive years.
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