Howmedica Osteonics Corporation / Stryker Orthopaedics have agreed to a global settlement estimated to be over $1 billion to resolve thousands of claims related to injuries suffered as the result of defective hip implant parts. The settlement was overseen by Judge Brian R. Martinotti of the Superior Court of New Jersey, along with Judge Donovan W. Frank who presides in the U.S. District of Minnesota. Howmedica/Stryker was facing thousands of lawsuits in the United States related to its Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Hip Implant, which it recalled in July 2012 amid reports of unusually high rates of device failure.
Navan Ward, a lawyer in our firm’s Mass Torts Section, has been heavily involved in the cases against Howmedica / Stryker Orthopaedics in the New Jersey consolidated hip implant litigation which is in front of Judge Martinotti. Navan was involved in the negotiations of this settlement, along with other lawyers on the Plaintiffs Steering Committee (PSC) in the Multidistrict Litigation (MDL).
Since the Rejuvenate and ABG II metal hip devices were pulled from the market in July 2012, lawyers in our firm, along with several other law firms around the country, have worked hard to expose the problems with these products, as well as the similar problems seen with several of the other failed metal-on-metal hip devices made by other manufacturers. Due to the highly invasive nature of these particular hip devices, the revision surgeries suffered by many of our clients have been catastrophic in nature, leading to permanent damage to their hip and femur areas.
Lawyers at Beasley Allen are looking forward to resolving our clients’ Rejuvenate and ABG II claims as soon as possible in order to provide the clients the much needed compensation they deserve. Resolution of the claims against Howmedica/Stryker was a direct result of the hard work of our lawyers, along with many lawyers around the country, who pushed this litigation on multiple fronts. Holding Howmedica/Stryker accountable for manufacturing these devices was the result of their cooperative hard work.
An estimated 20,000 people were implanted in the U.S. with the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip products. Since these devices were the “stem” part of the hip components, revision surgeries required the stem of the component to be removed from the femur. That results in further hip/femur instability. Compared to most of the other metal-on-metal hip failures, the post revision damages have typically been more severe with these hips. Patients are reporting problems within as few as two years after receiving these hip implants. These hip implants have shown that the metal-on-metal friction between the stem and neck of the components cause metal debris to accumulate, resulting in a condition called metallosis, or metal poisoning. Metallosis is caused by metal shavings from the devices entering the bloodstream.
Navan and all of the lawyers working on this litigation and the settlement did a tremendous job for the persons who will get their cases resolved and who will benefit greatly from the settlement. If you need more information on this settlement, contact Navan Ward, who is in our firm’s Mass Torts Section, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Navan.Ward@beasleyallen.com.
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