Developments in Hip Replacement Lawsuits

The DePuy settlements are going to finish paying out by the end of the month.

The Stryker lawsuit and the DePuy lawsuit are ongoing, but some major settlements have been reached.

A report released by on August 7th indicates that the DePuy ASR lawsuit is beginning to come to a close after a $2.5 billion settlement is now paying out to claimants in the DePuy lawsuit.

DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson and Johnson, recalled its ASR metal on metal hip replacements because they were faulty by design.

The metal on metal construction eventually lead to corrosion, metal poisoning (metallosis), and other painful problems.

Many who had the DePuy ASR hip replacement system had to have it surgically removed, resulting in risky surgery and months of painful rehabilitation.

DePuy Orthopedics Settles Majority of Claims

As of August 31st, 2014, Johnson and Johnson is scheduled to have completed payment of the landmark metal on metal hip replacement settlement.

Johnson and Johnson owns DePuy Orthopedics, a company that has been under fire because of their faulty and dangerous metal on metal hip replacements. Over ten thousand plaintiffs sued DePuy after having to have the dangerous and poorly designed hip implants removed,

In November of last year (2013) Johnson and Johnson agreed to a landmark settlement,  paying out approximately $2.5 billion to affected claimants who had the recalled DePuy metal on metal hip replacement systems implanted, and subsequently removed.

Each eligible claimant has been awarded a base DePuy settlement of $250,000, to be adjusted for more or less depending on the circumstances of each individual case.

This settlement is being paid out to victims who had either the DePuy ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip System, or the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System implanted ands had to have them surgically removed.

The settlement covers people who had their metal on metal hip implants removed prior to August 31, 2013.

The DePuy lawsuit is still open for claimants who had their DePuy ASR hip systems  removed after August 2013, or have not yet undergone the surgery.

The DePuy ASR Hips were recalled in 2010  after a high incidence of failure, resulting in injuries and corrective surgery.

Since the DePuy settlement is being paid out, the hip replacement litigation will now focus on the Stryker Lawsuit.

Johnson and Johnson knew the ASR Hip Replacement would Fail: Used it Anyway

The National Joint Registry of England and Wales reported that ⅓ of the DePuy ASR Hip Implant systems were failing.

At first, Johnson and Johnson denied the allegations. But, as documents were released during the DePuy lawsuit, it was uncovered that DePuy had conducted an internal study that revealed that up to 40% of the hip implants would fail within the first few years.

Hip implants are supposed to last 10-20 years before requiring revision.

It is estimated that about 31,000 people had a defective DePuy Hip implanted.

If Johnson and Johnson was correct, and 40% of them would fail in the first few years, that means that approximately 12,400 people would experience the excruciating pain and serious medical danger of a failed hip replacement.

Stryker Hip Lawsuits and Others Still Fighting in Court

As the $2.5 billion settlement from Johnson and Johnson’s DePuy Orthopedics is finally being paid out in full, courts are now focusing on the Stryker metal on metal hip replacement lawsuit and others.

Other metal on metal hip replacements that are currently, or expected to attract injury lawsuits include:

  • DePuy Pinnacle
  • Biomet M2a 38
  • Biomet M2a Magnum
  • Stryker ABG II
  • Stryker Rejuvenate
  • Accolade Femoral Stem Hips
  • Wright Conserve Hip Systems
  • Profemur Z Stem Hips Systems

If you have been hurt by these defective products, you may be eligible for a claim in the metal on metal hip replacement lawsuit. Contact us immediately to begin your Stryker lawsuit today, as the litigation is currently in process and settlements are expected to pay out soon.

 

by Bill Bohack

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Medical equipment manufacturer Stryker Orthopedics has recalled its two hip implants voluntarily.

The models that were recalled were Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II as these had the same type of modular neck hip stem.

There are other manufacturers such as Depuy and Zimmer that have also recalled hip replacements.

The Michigan based Stryker has made over $8 billion in sales, of which 13% was contributed by the hip implants before the Stryker Hip Recall was issued.

What Went Wrong with Stryker Hip Implants?

Stryker warned doctors about the potential risks associated with use of their hip implants two months before the official Stryker Hip Recall. This was in an attempt to downplay the initial fear factor that would arise when the recall was made.

The problem associated with these hip implants is that the stem runs deeper into the femur bone of the leg and has a tendency to corrode.

The Stryker models have displayed a high failure rate within a short period of time and there are speculations that there are very serious issues associated with the hip implants that were recalled.

This recall of the hip implants by Stryker has triggered fears from the patients who are recipients of Rejuvenate and ABG II devices and those that were negatively affected by the implant have filed Stryker lawsuits to potentially receive compensation for their suffering.

We can be of assistance if you think you may be eligible to join a Stryker Class Action Lawsuit. We offer a free case evaluation, and do not charge a fee unless you collect a fair settlement.

Reasons Behind the Stryker Hip Recall:

Stryker discovered that there were numerous problems associated with its two implants years before they took the initiative to announce the Stryker Hip Recall of the highly dangerous hip stems.

Even though the design was very different from the traditional hip implants, the company performed only a few laboratory tests before marketing it to the public.

While the traditional hip implants had two parts such as femoral stem with a ball and cup, the Rejuvenate and ABG II implants had 4 parts such as femoral stem, tabular cup, metal neck and a ball.

Problematic Design of the Hip Implants:

The concept behind such a design was to allow the surgeon to choose the required length and angle for the individual as the implants had 4 parts. The problem with the new design was that it was metal on metal while the traditional devices were made of fiber and plastic.

Therefore, whenever the metal brushes with its metal joint, it results in fretting and corrosion. As the friction increases between the joints, the metal on metal hip implants release great levels of chromium and cobalt ions into the bloodstream, which can lead to metal poisoning, called metallosis.

Find Out if you Qualify for a Stryker Hip Lawsuit

Before the Stryker Hip Recall, were you or a family member implanted with the Rejuvenate or ABG II hip device?

If the answer is yes, and you have experienced one or more of the following side effects, you may have an excellent case against Stryker.

  •  Fretting
  •  Corrosion
  •  Hip dislocation
  •  Metal poisoning
  •  Intense pain in the hip joints
  •  Crackling
  •  Popping in the metal joints

You may be eligible to receive remuneration for all the pain and suffering you have undergone, or for the invasive hip revision surgeries that you would never had needed the device had not been faulty.

If your Stryker hip implant affected you negatively, contact us today.

We offer free Stryker Hip and other Hip Implants Recalls case evaluations to determine if you are eligible to file a lawsuit.

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