New York, NY (PRWEB) February 23, 2013
Stryker hip lawsuits stemming from the recent recall of Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck hip stems are moving forward in a consolidated litigation now underway in New Jersey Superior Court, Bergen County. According to court documents, Judge Brian R. Martinotti, who is overseeing the New Jersey state litigation, has scheduled a case management conference for March 19, 2013. (In re Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and the ABG II Modular Hip Stem Litigation, No. 296)
We are pleased to see this litigation moving forward. We have heard from numerous individuals affected by the Stryker Rejuvenate recall who have suffered premature failure of their implant and other debilitating complications, says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free Stryker hip lawsuit evaluations to individuals who suffered metallosis, hip implant failure and other complications, related to the Stryker Rejuvenate recall.
Stryker Hip Recall
All of the lawsuits pending in the New Jersey litigation were filed in the wake of the Stryker Rejuvenate recall, which was announced in July 2012. According to the company, data indicates the Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems are prone to fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction. In its most recent recall update, Stryker advised patients affected by the Stryker Rejuvenate recall 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 also recently 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 is advising patients that they should consider speaking with an attorney before they begin a Broadspire Stryker claim, as any information they disclose in the course of the claims process could be used as evidence in their Stryker hip lawsuit.
In addition to the Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuits pending in New Jersey Superior court, a number of claims stemming from the recall have been filed in 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. According to the Motion for Transfer, at least 30 Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuits have been filed in 12 federal districts since Stryker announced the Rejuvenate recall . The Motion also points out that some 53,000 Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stem units were produced by Stryker after the components were brought to market in 2008, and asserts that many more plaintiffs will file similar claims in the future. (In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, Case Pending No. 20 (JPML))
Individuals who have suffered hip implant failures, metal poisoning, pain, or revision surgery allegedly due to the recalled Rejuvenate and ABG II components 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 Rejuvenate recall is available at Bernstein Liebhard LLPs 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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