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Despite the voluntary recall of Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II systems, numerous lawsuits against Stryker Orthopaedics and ongoing Multi-District Litigation efforts, the fact remains that thousands of people have yet to file their rightful claim for compensation. Do a quick Google search, and you will find hundreds of websites dedicated to the discussion of Stryker hip lawsuits. Even though the voluntary Stryker hip recall may be widely publicized, it does not mean that every patient is aware of his or her legal rights or has the technological means to learn about the Stryker hip recall.
The reality is that vulnerable patients with Stryker hip devices may be unable to physically move or conduct research on the recall. Family members of elderly patients with Stryker hip implants may need to investigate their loved one’s conditions and assist them in filing a legal claim. Stryker hip implant attorneys are compassionate and attuned to the needs of affected patients.
How Many People Have Stryker Hip Devices?
The exact number of patients with Stryker hip implants remains unknown, however, research does indicate that about 20,000 defective Stryker hip devices had already been sold at the time of the recall. Stryker Orthopaedics recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II systems in 2012. The voluntary recall cited the corrosion of the modular-neck junction, pain and adverse local tissue reactions suffered by patients as the reasons for the recall.
Number of Stryker Rejuvenate Lawsuits in the U.S.
Approximately 1,500 Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuits have been filed throughout the U.S. The majority of lawsuits have been consolidated in New Jersey and Minnesota. Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuits have also impacted patients in:
- Illinois: 67 cases
- Florida: 13 cases
- Arkansas: 33 cases
- Louisiana: 17 cases
- California: 24 cases
- Alaska: 4 cases
- Nevada: 1 case
- Arizona: 3 cases
- Utah: 4 cases
- New Mexico: 2 cases
- Colorado 3 cases
- Texas: 2 cases
- Oklahoma: 4 cases
- Nebraska: 1 case
- Mississippi: 3 cases
- Alabama: 9 cases
- Georgia: 7 cases
- Missouri: 3 cases
- Tennessee: 10 cases
- Wisconsin: 1 case
- Kentucky: 7 cases
- Virginia: 2 cases
- Indiana: 1 case
- West Virginia: 1 case
- Ohio: 5 cases
- Michigan: 2 cases
- Pennsylvania: 1 case
- Connecticut: 1 case
- New York: 9 cases
- Massachusetts: 3 cases
Pending Stryker Rejuvenate Multi-District Litigation Efforts
Multi-District Litigation is a system that has been used to manage the hundreds of Stryker hip cases filed in New Jersey and Minnesota. Federal District Court Judge Donavan Frank has consolidated over 600 Stryker cases in the District of Minnesota. New Jersey Superior Court Judge Brian R. Martinotti has proceeded to manage over 900 cases in Bergan County. Judge Martinotti has ordered mediation in an effort to reach an agreement for the ongoing Stryker hip recall cases in New Jersey. The judges will proceed to appoint “exemplar” cases that will serve as representative samples of the injuries that Stryker patients have suffered as a result of their hip devices.
The Disparity Between Lawsuits Filed and Number of Individuals with Recalled Stryker Hip Devices
Even though 20,000 or more people could potentially have Stryker hip implants at this moment, approximately 1,500 lawsuits have been filed against Stryker Orthopaedics in court. Even if we can expect forthcoming claims in the future, the number of lawsuits still seems relatively small in relation to the number of people who may have a Stryker hip implant.
Various entities including Stryker Orthopaedics, the FDA and legal profession may need to do a better job in educating Stryker hip patients about their legal rights. These entities may need to consider that elderly patients may not have access to a computer to learn about the ongoing litigation efforts. Instead, these patients may require a mailed notice or phone call to learn how they may have been impacted by Stryker hip devices.
Do You Have A Recalled Stryker Hip Prosthetic? Know Your Legal Options
If you suspect that you may have received a Stryker hip implant, it is not too late to learn about your legal rights. Our legal team is here to help all victims who have been impacted by the Stryker hip recall. We are legal advocates who understand that you may just now be learning about the Stryker hip recall and can provide you with guidance in filing a claim.
Note: This entry was prepared 5/9/14 and compiled according to data at the time.