Safety Alert: Stryker Recalls
Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Replacement Settlement
Hip replacement surgery is a procedure that alleviates chronic pain, increases functionality, and overall it improves a patient’s quality of life. It should be the solution to to a devastating and excruciating ailment, not the cause of more problems and grief. A global settlement was recently announced that will help thousands of individuals who have had complications involving their defective Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip replacements. The settlement will have an unlimited fund to compensate patients for their damages, and will potentially provide in excess of one billion dollars in restitution to injured individuals throughout the United States. The settlement proposal includes a base award of $300,000 to each claimant who has undergone revision surgery on or before November 2, 2014. At Zimmerman Reed, we’ll walk you through the settlement process, discuss the potential ranges of compensation, and answer questions. If you or a loved one have experienced these complications please call us today at 1.800.519.1226 to see if you qualify for this settlement. For more information on the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Replacement Settlement select one of the further readings below.
If you are not eligible for the Stryker hip recall settlement program, all of your legal rights and claims are preserved and will not be affected by the settlement program. We will be glad to explain your options moving forward if you fall in this category.
Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Recall
Zimmerman Reed is a member of the Lead Counsel Committee in the litigation involving Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems. Stryker recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems in July 2012 because of the potential risks associated with fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction. Patients who experience device failure from this recalled hip often must undergo early revision surgeries to replace their hip device because of elevated cobalt levels, metallosis (metal toxicity in the patient’s blood) and damage to the surrounding tissue and muscle. Some orthopedic surgeons are recommending their patients undergo blood tests to check for elevated cobalt and chromium levels, which may indicate the device is failing.
Stryker Hip Lawsuits
Thousands of people implanted with Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II stems have filed lawsuits to recover compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. In 2013, a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL) was formed for all Rejuvenate and ABG II plaintiffs with lawsuits filed in federal court. Zimmerman Reed’s founding partner, Charles Zimmerman, is appointed as one of the Lead Counsel attorneys to lead the litigation on behalf of all injured persons in the MDL across the nation. MDLs are established to help create a more efficient and fair process by assigning one judge to preside over all of the individual lawsuits. Although all cases are grouped together before one judge, it’s important to know this is not a class action. Each person is still pursuing an individual lawsuit with claims related to their unique injuries.
Many people who underwent revision surgeries to replace the defective devices have already settled their lawsuits. Zimmerman Reed helped negotiate a settlement program that is estimated to pay more than $1.4 billion in settlement awards to affected individuals. Settlement awards help individuals recover for pain and suffering, lost wages, and the reimbursement of medical expenses.
How We Can Help
We understand this may be a difficult time. We are reviewing claims for individuals nationwide. If you would like to talk with us about your potential claim, call us toll-free at 1.800.519.1226 or submit a Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Replacement Settlement Case Review form. We’re here to listen and welcome all questions and comments.