Individuals who received Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II hip implants were granted some extra time to register to participate in the record $1.4 billion settlement against the manufacturer. Following the extension of the deadline to March 16, victims of these defective devices have a last-minute chance to receive their share of the award.
About the Stryker Hip Implant Lawsuit
In June 2012, Stryker Corp. and its subsidiary, Howmedica Osteonics Corp. issued a recall for its Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacement devices after it was discovered that the devices posed an unreasonable risk of failure. Due to issues with the devices’ metal-on-metal connections, they were prone to fretting and corrosion – resulting in serious injuries and medical complications for those who had undergone hip replacement surgery. Common problems included:
- Blood poisoning from chromium or cobalt being released into the bloodstream (known as Metallosis)
- Muscle, tissue, and bone deterioration
- Pain and swelling at the implant site
Ultimately, these problems required the defective devices to be removed in a follow-up surgical replacement procedure. The lawsuit covers individuals who received Stryker hip implants and had them removed prior to November 3, 2014.
Settlement Awards for Stryker Hip Implant Patients
The litigation was settled in November 2014 for a record $1.4 billion, with recipients of the defective implants who participated in the lawsuit receiving anywhere from $10,000 to $600,000 for their injuries. Most victims are expected to receive a base payment of $300,000, with individuals who suffered catastrophic injuries being eligible for an enhanced award.
The settlement agreement requires at least 95% of the 20,000 Stryker device recipients to participate in order for the $1.4 billion to be dispersed. If you did not register to participate by the deadline, you will need to file your own lawsuit in order to obtain financial damages for your injuries.
Legal Representation for Victims of Defective Medical Devices
While cutting-edge medical devices provide new opportunities for individuals to recover from debilitating illnesses and injuries, as the Stryker settlement demonstrates, they can also present serious risks. When manufacturers or the doctors who implant the devices make mistakes, those mistakes can leave patients worse off than they were before receiving the device. If you are suffering as a result of a defective medical device, you are entitled to compensation. At Carey, Danis & Lowe, we represent clients nationwide in fighting for the compensation they deserve.
For More Information, Contact Carey, Danis & Lowe Today
If you received a Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II hip implant and do not yet have legal representation, we urge you to contact us right away. We can help you understand the Stryker settlement and what it means for you. Call us now at (877) 678-3400 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation about your case.