What’s Happening in the Stryker Hip Lawsuit in 2014

The Stryker lawsuit in underway and in its beginning phases.

The Stryker metal on metal hip implants have caused very serious injuries.

Stryker is a major medical equipment manufacturer who released the ABG II Modular Neck Stem Hip Implant, as well as the Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Implant in 2009.

In July of 2012 these metal on metal hip replacements were voluntarily recalled by the company.

These devices were failing an an alarmingly high rate, causing infections, pain, swelling, metal poisoning or metallosis, tissues damage, and even dislocation or displacement of the hip implant.

Many of the recipients of the Stryker hip implants have had to have their devices removed surgically, and replaced by a working product.

These surgeries are very dangerous, costly, and require months of painful rehabilitation afterwards while the patient adjusts to their new hip.

Stryker Hip Lawsuit is in Discovery Phase

The Stryker lawsuit has formed a Stryker multidistrict litigation, or Stryker MDL.

A multidistrict litigation, or MDL is a way of organizing hundreds or even thousands of injury claims, as is the case with the Stryker lawsuit,

Click here to learn all about the Stryker MDL, and what it means to you.

You might be asking, “Just what is a discovery phase?”

A discovery phase is the very beginning of the pretrial procedures, in which all parties are exchanging relevant information and documents.

Both the plaintiffs and the defendant share information with each other that will help them build their own cases. For example, the defendant, in this case Stryker, will want to know about any possible witnesses the plaintiffs will call to stand.

If one party objects to sharing a certain piece of information during the discovery phase, the opposing party can file a motion in court to try and compel it.

The discovery phase is the very first part of the pretrial litigation.

Stryker Hip Lawsuit Bellwether Trials are Coming Soon

After the discovery phase, the next step is for the court to hear the bellwether trials.

Bellwether trials happen when the court selects a few claims to be heard in court which act as representatives for the thousands of other very similar claims.

For example, if the court hears 10 Stryker bellwether trials, and each one of them moves for a Stryker settlement, the court and the defendant can assume that a settlement will be necessary for all the Stryker claims.

Thus, the courts and legal counsel do not have to litigate thousands of claims because the bellwether trials represent the group as a whole.

The bellwether trials for the Stryker lawsuit are scheduled to be heard in spring and summer of 2015.

Why You Need to File Your Stryker Hip Lawsuit Right Away

If you have received a faulty Stryker hip implant, or other metal on metal hip implant the time to act is now. The lawsuits are underway.

Yes, Stryker is offering compensation for the surgery to removed or correct the hip implant, but they are not offering compensation for your pain and suffering. That is where a Stryker lawsuit comes in.

Additionally, there is a statute of limitations on the Stryker lawsuit. The statute of limitation varies state per state, but may be as short as 1 year after you received your hip implant.

A Stryker lawsuit will pause the statute of limitations, giving you some time to sort it all out.

Getting reimbursement from Stryker itself does not stop the statute of limitations, and can lead to you missing out on your rightful Stryker settlement.

At Consumer Claims Center of America we work with the major lawyers on the case. We offer a free claims consultation, and you will not incur any legal fees unless you collect a fair and just Stryker settlement.

You have nothing to lose and much to gain, so start your Stryker claim today by filling out the online claims form on this page, or calling the number below to speak with a live representative.


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


What is the Stryker Multidistrict Litigation?

The Stryker MDL is in session, located in the District of Minnesota.

Forming a multidistrict litigation, abbreviated as an MDL is an organizational method the judicial system uses in large cases such as the Stryker lawsuit.

As is, the Stryker lawsuit consists of thousands of claimants (also called plaintiffs) that live all over the United States, in multiple court districts.

Since these plaintiffs all have very similar complaints (they received a faulty hip replacement that resulted in personal injury), they can combine their claims in the Stryker MDL to save both time and resources.

The Stryker MDL will save the plaintiffs, the defendant, and the court system resources by cutting litigation costs, and centralizing the Stryker lawsuit into one court room.

When a large number of people are hurt by a defective product and an MDL is formed, the individual claims are transferred to a federal court that has been selected to hear the case.

Presiding over this federal, or District court is a District Judge.

Judge Donovan W. Frank has been appointed to the Stryker MDL.

The Stryker MDL has been scheduled to be carried out in the District of Minnesota.

The Stryker MDL Process: What Happens in an MDL

When there are lots and lots of very similar personal injury claims, these claims are often consolidated into an MDL. Each individual claim is transferred from it’s original district and court to the federal court that has been selected to handle the MDL.

MDLs are in charge of pretrial proceedings only.

Often, cases such as the Stryker lawsuit are settled in the pretrial stages and do not need to move on to trial litigation.

The judge of the Stryker MDL must determine if the claim is valid. Frivolous claims will be dismissed at this stage in the process.

When the decision to form the Stryker MDL was made, hundreds of Stryker lawsuits were transferred to the District of Minnesota. These cases will go through the pretrial proceedings in the District of Minnesota, and will likely be settled in the Stryker MDL, rather moving on to trial.

One of the first things that happens in an MDL is the judge will select a Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, or PSC.

The Stryker PSC is a group of attorneys appointed to represent the needs of the plaintiffs. This group of lawyers fight for the rights of all the claimants involved in the Stryker lawsuit. The Stryker PSC was appointed in November of 2013.

After the PSC is appointed, the discovery phase will begin.

The discovery phase is where all parties involved exchange pertinent information and documentation. For example, if a witness is going to be called to the stand, all parties will be informed that the witness will be called so they can prepare to examine them.

After the discovery phase, bellwether trials are heard by the court to determine if the claims merit a settlement, or compensation for damages and losses.

In an MDL a handful of cases (5-10 or so) are selected to be heard in the court as a representative sample. These are called the bellwether trials. These cases are similar enough to represent the large body of plaintiffs making Stryker claims.

The verdicts from the bellwether trials can be used for the court and defendant (Stryker) to determine if they should settle.

Settling at this stage could save Stryker money, and also get the compensation to the plaintiffs sooner. If Stryker sees that there is little chance that they could win the lawsuit by fighting it in court, they will offer a settlement ($$$) in the Stryker MDL, during the pretrial stages.

This will save all parties involved time, effort, and legal fees. It would get the Stryker claimants the money they deserve faster, so they can concentrate on healing.

Often, the defendant (Stryker) will offer a settlement during an MDL. If the plaintiff (the injured party) is not happy with the settlement offered, they have a right to reject it.

If a plaintiff rejects a Stryker settlement offer, the case will be transferred out of the MDL back to the original court district the complaint was filed in.

After the case has been transferred to it’s original court district the plaintiff’s Stryker Lawyer can take it to court and litigate, or fight for a higher settlement amount.

So, in summary, the Stryker MDL consolidates the cases to be heard in one federal courtroom, by one judge. The judge hearing the case appoints a Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, or PSC to represent the plaintiffs. The court then proceeds in the discovery phase and the bellwether trials.

At this point Stryker will likely offer a settlement, which individual plaintiffs can chose to either accept or reject. If the plaintiffs accept the settlement, they will be paid in full by a specified date.

If a plaintiff rejects the settlement, it is their right to take the Stryker lawsuit to court, and the claim will be transferred back to its original district for litigation.

Consumer Claims Center of America

At Consumer Claims Center of America we are consumer advocates. Our role is to serve and assist claimants through every step of the Stryker lawsuit process.

Part of our role is to inform you of your legal rights, and keep you up to date on the Stryker lawsuit, and the Stryker MDL.

If you choose to proceed with us, we will evaluate your claim at no cost to you. If you are eligible for a Stryker claim, we will work tirelessly until you collect your rightful compensation.

We work with Stryker lawyers on the Stryker PSC, both directly and indirectly. We will make sure your Stryker claim gets the attention it deserves, and is not “warehoused” among the masses.

We will fight for you, so you can concentrate on healing.

We do not charge a fee until you collect your Stryker settlement.

Call Consumer Claims Center of America to speak with a live representative. The statute of limitations may be running out on your Stryker lawsuit, so the right time to call is now; we can help.


Update on the Stryker Hip Recall Lawsuit

This hip recall was classified as a Class II recall by US FDA. This means that the health consequences caused by these devices are temporary or medically reversible and the probability of these causing serious adverse health concerns is remote.

After the Stryker Hip Recall, the company volunteered to reimburse the costs related to this recall that were incurred by the recipients.

A Law Firm Can Handle Your Stryker Hip Recall Lawsuit

Since the hip recall, there have been many lawsuits filed across the country over the Stryker hip replacement devices and the number has been increasing significantly.

The recipients who have filed these lawsuits are demanding compensation for suffering due to pain, lost wages, past, present and future unforeseen medical expenses and other claims.

The Stryker Multicounty Litigation (MCL) has been proceeding in New Jersey since January 2013.

As of September, there were 382 plaintiffs in the MCL court in the Stryker hip recall lawsuit cases. It is important to note that in January 2013, there were only 10 participating plaintiffs. The figure increased to 306 in August 2013 and to 382 by September.

In June 2013, the U.S Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, also called as JPML, unified all Stryker hip recall lawsuits at the federal level to form a MDL or multidistrict litigation in Minnesota. The number of plaintiffs in the MDL is also increasing rapidly.

As of August 2013, there were 198 cases whereas now in October 2013, there are 290 plaintiffs, showing that there has been a 46.5 percent increase. These consolidations to form the MCL and MDL have happened in both New Jersey and Minnesota respectively to increase the efficiency of the pretrial proceedings in both the courts.

Stryker Orthopaedic’s Reponse to the Stryker Hip Recall Lawsuits

Due to the staggering increase in lawsuits being filed against it, the Stryker Corp. has partnered with a third party claims administrator to work directly with the recipients. The third party administrator is expected to manage all the claims related to the hip recall.

As with all other claims procedures, there are a number of finer points that will require thorough study, under the microscope so to speak.

Potential claimants should first contact our Stryker Hip Recall Lawsuit attorneys before they get in touch with the representatives of the Stryker hip recall claims program.

They work for Stryker; we work for you.

It has become very evident that the number of people who have been affected by these hip devices is large. The number of lawsuits being filed nationwide is a reminder that the impact of the Stryker hip recall has spread across the country and not specific to a single region or state.

Contact Us For A Free Stryker Hip Recall Claim Review

If you have been fitted with one of these defective hip devices and suffered complications, you may be eligible for compensation.

In the case that you’ve been affected, you should contact the experienced trial litigation attorneys for a free Stryker Hip Recall Lawsuit case review.  Our attorneys have experience litigating against big corporations for big settlements. Help may be just a phone call away. Contact us now!


Stryker Hip Lawsuit Help: 1-800-272-0491

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.


Stryker Rejuvenate Recall Litigation in State and Federal Courts

Stryker Orthopaedics has ceased to recruit subjects for its longitudinal study on one of its two recently recalled hip implant models, but it has continued to try to resolve lawsuits filed by the ailing patients of both hip replacement stems.

Meanwhile, a major orthopedic medical journal has published a study that confirmed the corrosive potential of such devices.

The New Jersey-based medical technology corporation Stryker, voluntarily recalled its Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems and announced July 6, 2012, that it had “terminated global distribution of these products” based on data derived from “continued post-market surveillance.

These were not all-metal devices.  Nevertheless, the necks, for instance, were made of a “cobalt chrome alloy,” according to Stryker’s answer to lawsuits filed in state court in New Jersey.  The metal parts posed certain adverse-reaction risks including metal poisoning.

Ultimately, as New Jersey’s multi-county litigation center quoted the manufacturer, “These risks include the potential for fretting and/or corrosion at or about the modular-neck junction, which may result in adverse local tissue reactions manifesting with pain and/or swelling. … Possible adverse outcomes allegedly include metallosis, necrosis and osteolysis.”

Study Published on Complications of Affected Stryker Hip Recipients

The May 2013 edition of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery published research in accordance with the reported damage that plaintiffs in Stryker class action lawsuits have suffered.

“Corrosion at the modular neck-body junction in dual-tapered stems with a modular cobalt-chromium-alloy femoral neck can lead to release of metal ions and debris resulting in local soft-tissue destruction,” concluded researchers from Northwestern University and Indiana University medical schools and from Rush University Medical Center.

They evaluated the case studies on 12 new hips at multiple medical centers.  “Adverse local tissue reaction should be considered as a potential cause for new-onset pain in patients with these components, and early revision should be considered given the potentially destructive nature of these reactions.

“A workup including serologic studies (erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein), serum metal levels, and MARS MRI can be helpful in establishing this diagnosis.”

Some of the adverse-event reports were serious enough that Stryker stated in its patient follow-up guidance, “Stryker is suggesting that surgeons consider performing a clinical examination, such as blood work and cross sectional imaging, on all patients who received a Rejuvenate or ABG II modular-neck hip stem regardless of whether a patient is experiencing pain and/or swelling.”

Continuing to observe the performance of the Rejuvenate model, Stryker has been sponsoring a clinical trial since November 2010, for which data was scheduled to be collected through November 2022.  Trial researchers reported April 12 that the study had ceased recruiting subjects.  The Stryker Rejuvenate patients “will be evaluated for freedom of hip revision at 5 years and clinical outcomes for up to 10 years after surgery,” according to a summary of the study made available by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

Many patients, especially those who have been injured by the Stryker Rejuvenate Recall, have turned to their surgeons for help, an option Stryker has been recommending.

Some have taken the additional step of exercising their right to seek compensation after experiencing side effects related to the Stryker Rejuvenate Recall.

Stryker Orthopaedics on the Defense

Stryker has been defending itself from hip replacement failure litigation filed at the state and federal levels.  The door is still open for injured patients to follow suit. Stryker has been financially equipping for the formidable challenge following the Stryker Rejuvenate Recall.

Referring to the cost of dealing with product liability lawsuits on one hand and reimbursements for patient testing, treatment and revision surgeries on the other, Stryker estimated that “the probable loss to resolve this matter [would] be in the range of approximately $190 million to $390 million, before third-party insurance recoveries,” according to Stryker’s recently released annual report for 2012.

Claimants’ causes of action include negligence, defects in design and in manufacture, and the failure to warn of increased risks of serious complications.  Some lawsuits have sought compensation for impairment of marital relations that hip replacement injury and surgical revision have caused.

Multi-county state-court litigation has been centralized in New Jersey, the home state of Stryker Orthopaedics, before Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Bergen County.  The next status conference has been scheduled for June 18.

Meanwhile, federal multidistrict litigation was designated for oral arguments at a May 30th hearing in Louisville, Kentucky, where two plaintiffs motioned for the consolidation of certain actions to federal district court in Minnesota and to federal district court for the Northern District of Illinois.

We Can Help with Your Stryker Lawsuit

Anyone who has suffered tissue damage and related injuries that may be traced to the Stryker Rejuvenate Recall or ABG II may be entitled to compensation for their suffering.

One way to determine your legal options, without charge, is to seek a free consultation from the experienced trial litigation attorneys we work with here at Consumer Claims Center of America.

Complete our Free Case Review Form located in the right side bar or call 1-800-272-0491 to speak with a claims representative today.

Do not become a victim of the Stryker Rejuvenate Recall, exercise your legal rights now!