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The news that Stryker has settled some of the lawsuits filed against it by patients affected by its Rejuvenate Modular Hip Stem and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stem systems has many people pondering the value of the cases settled and how much their own cases are worth. Many of the details required to make that assessment remain shrouded in mystery due to the secrecy maintained by both Stryker and those who agreed to settlements about the terms agreed upon and the compensation provided. Even in the event of a mass settlement, what each individual can expect will depend solely upon his or her own circumstances and experiences while experiencing complications related to either of these products.
Economic and Non-Economic Damages
There are two primary forms of damages considered in any personal injury lawsuit which make up what is referred to as compensatory damages. Economic damages are those which can be physically proven in the form of medical bills, lost wages or earning potential and the cost of ongoing treatment. Non-economic damages are more difficult to quantify because they involve pain and suffering, reduced quality of life and damaged relationships with others due to the injuries and complications endured. It is far easier to tailor expectations on economic damages because of the greater ease in proving their worth.
Expectations Based on Similar Metal-On-Metal Hip Cases
Several manufacturers of similar products have reached settlement agreements that we can refer to when seeking compensation for your injuries. Some of the lawsuits involving DePuy products ended in multimillion-dollar judgments for the plaintiffs before DePuy’s parent— Johnson and Johnson— agreed to a $4 billion settlement which provides a base compensation of roughly $250,000 to each plaintiff. Each claimant could receive more or less than this amount, depending on the unique circumstances involved in each case. Biomet agreed to a similar settlement which offers a base settlement of $200,000 for each individual affected by its defective hip replacement products.
These settlements do not guarantee the same results for those seeking damages due to complications resulting from a Stryker device, however. Some of the plaintiffs in a similar case heard in 2002 were only awarded $1,000 if they did not undergo revision surgery, for example. It is always best to seek the advice of an attorney who has experience with these types of cases and can assess the value of your case after gathering all of the relevant information.
Our Approach To Metal-Hip Cases
Our attorneys have assisted clients with various types of defective hip devices across the county. While many of these cases have been consolidated into judicial classes, we recognize the individual impact of these cases. Consequently, in addition to complying with court-ordered discovery, we regularly go beyond what is requested by the court to provide defendant-manufacturers with additional documentation and evidence (such as photos, videos, and employment information) so that we may present your case in the most favorable way possible. In some instances, these extra efforts have resulted in our clients receiving compensation above what was prescribed by the court-ordered settlement.
If you have been injured or suffered severe complications after receiving a defective Stryker hip replacement, contact us today to arrange a free consultation with a lawyer. Our lawyers will be able to answer any questions that you may have about your rights, the legal process and what you can expect in the form of compensation for your injuries and pain and suffering. Our work is guaranteed and we will never require payment for our services or advice unless we are able to successfully recover money on your behalf.