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Stryker Hip Recall

Issue: Recalled Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants

Stryker began selling the Rejuvenate hip system in 2009 and the ABG II hip system in 2010. Two years later, Stryker recalled these hip implants. Stryker did not conduct any clinical testing on the safety and effectiveness of the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip systems before selling the devices.

On November 3, 2014, the parties announced a settlement of the litigation valued at over $1 billion.

Stryker Settlement

Under the settlement, Stryker will provide a base payment of $300,000 to patients that received the Rejuvenate or ABG II hip systems and underwent revision surgery by November 3, 2014, to remove and replace the devices.

The base award may be adjusted upward depending on certain factors. For example, payments will be increased for extraordinary medical injuries, such as multiple surgeries (re-revisions) or infections and other medical complications suffered as a result of revision surgery.

The deadline for eligible patients to submit their claim for payment under the settlement is March 2, 2015. The first payments under the settlement program are expected to begin in the Summer of 2015 with enhanced payments being projected for disbursement at the end of 2015 and early 2016.

Importantly, the Stryker settlement is not for a fixed sum. In other words, Stryker's ultimate liability is not capped. It is expected that total amount of payments under the settlement will far exceed $1 billion dollars.

Recall of Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Implant Systems

Stryker marketed the Rejuvenate and ABG II systems as being the "next generation" and "latest evolution" in their hip replacement product lines. Most artificial hip implants consist of a one-piece neck and stem, and a cup. Stryker's Rejuvenate and ABG II systems included multiple neck and stem components that the surgeon could choose from.

The ABG II system had eight right stems, eight left stems, and ten modular necks, which were supposed to offer greater stability and minimal bone stress. The Rejuvenate hip, with six stems and sixteen necks, was marketed to younger patients who were promised longer-lasting devices that offered a better range of motion.

Physicians and health regulators have focused substantial attention on the dangers to patients from the release of tiny metallic particles by, and the widespread failures of, all-metal (also called metal-on-metal) hip implants. Stryker's Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stem systems are not considered metal-on-metal devices, since they do not have a metal ball that rubs against a metal socket. However, because the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II necks are made of chromium and cobalt, and the stems are coated with titanium, they do have a metal-on-metal junction and can release metallic debris into nearby tissue and the blood stream.

In April 2012, Stryker issued an "Urgent Safety Alert" to surgeons for the two hip replacement systems. The alert listed "excessive metal debris and/or ion generation" as one of the safety risks to patients. According to Stryker's Safety Alert, the following problems can result:

  • Metallosis (release of metal ions into the tissue and blood stream);
  • Necrosis (premature tissue death);
  • Osteolysis (bone dissolution); and,
  • Pain and loosening of the hip implant requiring revision surgery.

Stryker Hip Recall Lawsuits

In lawsuits filed against Stryker, patients with faulty hip implants charge that the Rejuvenate and ABG II devices are defective because the modular neck is prone to fretting, degradation, and fracture. Further, the lawsuits allege that Stryker knew or should have known that the Rejuvenate and AGB II hip systems were not safe for the patients, yet continued to market and sell the products. The lawsuits by the Stryker hip patients seek compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses including the cost of replacement surgery, and lost past and future wages.

Important Notice for Stryker Hip Recall Patients Not Covered Under Settlement

Patients with a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip systems that fail and require revision surgery after November 3, 2014, are not eligible for this phase of the settlement and retain their rights to pursue claims for compensation against Stryker. If you fall within this category, please contact The Bongiorno Law Firm for a FREE consultation.

 

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RECENT RESULTS

$450,000

For a laborer who sustained a broken leg because of improperly stacked sheetrock.

$315,000

For a woman who suffered foot injuries resulting from a car accident.

$425,000

 For a pedestrian who was knocked down by a car and required back surgery.

$225,000

For foot injuries sustained by a woman who tripped on a walkway outside of a supermarket.

$150,000

For a woman who was burned by steam from a defective radiator in her apartment.

$125,000 and $175,000

For a couple who sustained back and neck injuries in a car accident.

$100,000

For a woman who suffered multiple injuries when her car was hit head on by a vehicle traveling in the wrong direction.

$100,000

For a shoulder injury caused by a car accident.

$188,000

For an iron worker who injured his Achilles heel when a pallet jack rolled down a ramp at the World Trade Center construction site.

$100,000

For a man who sustained back injuries due to a car accident.

$272,500

For a woman who sustained back injuries caused by a car accident.

$100,000

For a woman who injured her shoulder in a car accident.

$100,000

For a mentally and physically disabled boy who was inadequately supervised while attending a school for special children.


$200,000

Obtained for a young man who slipped and fell on snow and ice at a car wash resulting in a fractured tibia/fibula.

$125,000 

Obtained for a man who sustained shoulder injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

$110,000

Obtained for a construction worker who sustained injuries to his foot as a result of defendant's violations of New York State Labor Laws on the construction site.

$100,000

Obtained for a young woman who sustained knee injuries in an auto accident.

Attorney advertisement. The results of previous cases with particular facts and law. Therefore The Bongiorno Law Firm does not, cannot and will not make any guarantee, promise or warranty that the outcome of your case will be the same or similar to previous results. Every case is different. Results in prior cases do not guarantee same.

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All 5 boros, New York City, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Upstate New York, Monroe County, Broom County, Dutchess County, Ulster County, Sullivan County, Putnam County, Buffalo, Erie, Albany, Westchester and Rockland Counties.

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NOTABLE RESULTS

$13,500,000

For catastrophic burn injuries due to accidental fire in building with electrical violations.

$11 Million

Obtained for a construction worker who sustained an amputated leg as a result of defendants' violation of several New York State Labor Laws at the construction site.

$2 Million

Reached during trial for our client who sustained erectile dysfunction as a result of a fall caused by the fault of the New York City Transit Authority and the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

$1.9 Million

Obtained for construction worker whose foot and ankle were crushed when a lull forklift dropped a 2500 lb bundle of rebar onto his leg.

$2,000,000

For a construction worker that sustained injuries on the job when his lower leg was ran over by an excavation machine.

$1,500,000

For a young man that suffered head injuries when his car hit a tree after the car dealership that balanced his tires failed to properly reattach his front tire.

$1,200,000

For a woman that was sexually abused by a police officer in the precinct.

$1,200,000

For a woman who was run over by a car and suffered a broken ankle.

$1,000,000

For an epileptic woman that fell out of a window that the landlord failed to equip with protective bars.

$950,000

For a man struck by an automobile that suffered a fractured leg.

$850,000

For a man that needed back surgery after an automobile accident at intersection with missing stop sign.

$800,000

For a trip and fall accident that caused a fractured leg.

$850,000

For a man that suffered a back injury due to a defective ladder.

Attorney advertisement. The results of previous cases with particular facts and law. Therefore The Bongiorno Law Firm does not, cannot and will not make any guarantee, promise or warranty that the outcome of your case will be the same or similar to previous results. Every case is different. Results in prior cases do not guarantee same.