Additional settlements in the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II defective hip implant cases were announced today. This latest agreement follows the first round of settlements, which took place in November of 2014. Thousands of patients who were implanted with these metal-on-metal hip replacements suffered failures of the devices, leading to numerous complications, including metallosis, dislocations, and the need for additional surgeries. “Today’s settlement is a good result for our clients, marking the culmination of a joint effort involving significant work,” said attorney Ryan Keane.
Defendant Howmedica Osteonics Corp. issued a voluntary recall of the Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular hip implants in 2012. Thousands of injured patients sued for damages, in various state and federal courts. Many of the cases were consolidated for pretrial proceedings in federal court in Minnesota.
There are many key differences between the 2014 round of Stryker settlements and today’s settlements. For example, enhancements related to a qualified revision surgery must be sought at the same time the base award claim is submitted. In addition, the appeals process has changed—any appeal regarding enhancements will result in the whole award being delayed. Claimants will not be able to get their base award until all appeals are resolved. Also, the process requires that the loser pay all costs of the appeal.
If you or a loved one has suffered damages after implantation with a Stryker hip replacement device, and you have not already filed a claim, time may be running out. The attorneys at Keane Law LLC are experienced in handling Stryker hip implant cases. Contact us today for a free consultation.