Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Stryker Hip Settlement Over $1 Billion

Stryker has agreed to pay over $1 billion to the thousands of plaintiffs involved in Stryker hip recall lawsuits. These metal on metal hip implant lawsuits were filed after Stryker’s metal-on-metal hip implants failed in thousands of patients which led to the Stryker recall. Stryker, and other makers of metal-on-metal hip implants, have faced countless hip replacement lawsuits concerning serious hip replacement complications.

Nearly 4,500 Stryker hip recall lawsuits have been filed concerning the Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and ABG II devices. They have been consolidated into two Stryker recall MDLs, one in a Minnesota federal court with 2,271 Stryker metal hip lawsuits and the other in the Bergen County Superior Court in New Jersey, with 2,160 hip replacement lawsuits. 
The Stryker hip recall was issued in 2012 after the metal-on-metal hip implants were failing in patients across the country. The Stryker metal-on-metal hip implants caused many patients to experience hip replacement complications such as failed implants, swelling, metal poisoning (caused by metal particles being released into the blood stream), and others. Many have had to undergo hip revision surgery in order to manage the metal hip implant side effects caused by the Stryker hip.
After many Stryker hip recall lawsuits had been filed, a settlement program was announced in November 2014 that stated each victim could receive $300,000 for hip replacement complications. This number was subject to increase or decrease depending on the individual, including any complications or additional needs for hip revision surgery. Plaintiffs who required multiple surgeries because of hip replacement complications will most likely receive a larger award.

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