Articles Posted in Stryker Hip

Nationwide, patients, doctors, and manufacturers are becoming more aware of the potential risks of knee and hip implants. For the victims of the defective medical devices, the realization may come after severe pain, complications, and the need for reconstructive or rehabilitative surgeries. In a new medical study published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, researchers conclude that the Stryker Rejuvenate systems had high rates of failure between June of 2009 and July of 2012. During this time, 28% of patients who received hip implants had to return for revision surgery. According to the authors, the patients of the study had their surgery performed by an experienced and skilled surgeon.

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Patients who have suffered from hip replacement complications may entitled to significant compensation. Our Boston hip implant attorneys are dedicated to raising awareness and to helping our clients move forward after a defective hip replacement. We understand that significant pain, loss, and expense of defective medical devices and will take every necessary step to protect your rights and interests. Though the risks of Stryker hip implants have been known for years, this study confirms the alarming rate at which patients suffer failure.
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As an increasing number of Americans are faced with the difficult decision of whether to pursue hip or knee replacements, an increasing number of cases involving complications. This has given rise to hundreds of thousands of lawsuits, millions in medical expenses, and ongoing health issues for patients. Now Bristol-Meyers Squibb has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new supplemental drug for deep vain thrombosis, which could result in pulmonary embolism in patients who have undergone hip or knee replacement surgery.

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The new drug, known as Eliquis is intended to prevent deep pain thrombosis in patients who have undergone hip or knee replacement. Advocates for the drug claim that the approval is a significant milestone for the medication and for the patients who suffer from additional health risks associated with knee and hip implants. Our Boston products liability attorneys are dedicated to helping victims or defective or dangerous products recover just compensation for their injuries. In addition to pursuing financial claims, we are committed to raising awareness surrounding the complications associated with medical device injury.
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Stryker hip replacement products have prompted more than 1,500 lawsuits nationwide by patients alleging problems with hip replacement devices. Recently, eight of these cases settled. Because of confidentiality agreements, North Jersey.com reports that it’s not clear how much money was recovered by the plaintiffs. Still, the settlements provide hope to other patients affected by Stryker hip problems because the victims of these defective joint replacements were at least able to recover some money for their damages and losses. to-sign-a-contract-2-1221951-m.jpg

The cases that settled are important because they did so as part of a court-ordered mediation process that took place in a Superior Court in Burgen County, New Jersey. More than half of all Stryker cases have been consolidated in this court under Judge Brian Martinotti. The cases are part of a multi-county litigation (MCL). Remaining cases in the MCL will continue to move forward, with a second phase of mediation expected to follow.
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Stryker Corp. is the manufacturer of hip replacement and resurfacing products including the Stryker Rejuvenate and the Stryker ABG II hip implants. The orthopaedic device company recalled both of these products in 2012 amid complaints that the devices had a high failure rate and that patients were suffering serious injuries as a result of product defects. hospital-room-449234-m.jpg

Unfortunately, before the Stryker products were recalled, our hip implant lawyers know that an estimated 20,000 Americans already had either a Rejuvenate or ABG II medical device used in their hip replacement procedure. Many of the patients who used these Stryker hip replacement devices have now begun to experience serious complications and, as a result, have filed lawsuits against the Michigan-based manufacturer. Several of these claims have now settled and many more cases could soon be resolved with plaintiffs being offered compensation out of court for their losses.
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Plaintiffs throughout the United States have filed lawsuits against Stryker because of its Rejuvenate hip implant product. Many of these cases have been consolidated into a multi-county litigation in New Jersey State Court, and there are currently more than 430 cases pending in coordinated litigation before the New Jersey judge. Approximately ¼ of those cases were filed within the past three months. shaking-hands-1097209-m.jpg

In October, Judge Brian R. Martinotti issued a case management order to try to work towards resolving some of these pending cases. Our Boston defective hip implant lawyers know that defective medical device cases often settle outside of court if the device manufacturer and plaintiffs are able to agree on the value of the cases and the defendant offers to pay a reasonable sum to victims. The judge’s case management order is designed to help facilitate the parties reaching a settlement, as it outlines the process by which mediation will occur.
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Stryker hip replacement products continue to fail at high rates and cause serious complications for patients implanted with a hip replacement system that turned out to be much more dangerous than expected. Even as more patients continue to experience serious problems with Stryker products, cases are moving forward across the country with injured victims seeking to hold Stryker accountable for the damage the medical device company’s products have done. balance-875413-m.jpg

The cases moving forward include claims that have been consolidated both into multi-county litigation and multi-district litigation. Our Boston Stryker hip lawyers know that many of these cases are proceeding on schedule and that plaintiffs may soon have the chance to be fully compensated for problems including metal toxicity, severe pain and failed hip replacements resulting in the need for revision surgery.
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A surprising trend in recent years: middle-aged Americans are increasingly taking advantage of medical procedures that were typically reserved for the elderly. According to The Bulletin, “hundreds of thousands of [younger] Americans” are undergoing medical procedures to implant devices that can improve mobility. relaxing-220269-m.jpg

Our Boston defective hip implant lawyers know that metal-on-metal hip implant products were largely marketed to younger consumers because they were supposed to provide advantages to the young and mobile. Unfortunately, these new metal hip replacements backfired when they turned out to be unreliable and dangerous. This means that as the medical device market shifts to accommodate increasingly younger patients, it is important that device manufacturers do everything possible to avoid future mistakes that lead to more defective products coming into the market.
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Stryker Corp. recalled its ABG II and its Rejuvenate hip implants from the market last year because the products were causing serious harm to patients. Our Boston defective hip implant lawyers know that in the United States, as many as 20,000 of these Stryker devices have already been implanted in patients. The recall comes too late to protect these patients from complications. But fortunately these patients will get financial help and future harm will be prevented since these dangerous medical devices have now been taken off of the market. money-trading-4-1415242-m.jpg

The recall is also expected to result in a massive cost to Stryker, which may be why the recall took so long for the company to order even once it became apparent that its hip replacement products were not working as promised.
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Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Stryker Orthopaedics as a result of its defective hip-implant products and the company routinely faces claims from new plaintiffs as the hip implants continue to fail. Almost 400 Stryker cases have been consolidated in New Jersey alone as part of a multi-county litigation following the recall of the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems. And evidence continues to mount that the Stryker devices have a high failure rate and are prone to loosening. Yet, even amidst this storm of litigation, the Motley Fool speculates that the company could be destined for greatness due to its favorable financials. forex-trading-concept-1-1425516-m.jpg

Our Boston defective hip implant attorneys know that the statistics on the hundreds harmed by these defective medical products only begin to tell the story of the losses caused. Every individual plaintiff has his own story and deserves a chance at justice. But unfortunately, medical device manufacturers often forget about these individual victims when they release dangerous products into the marketplace that they expect will earn a handsome profit.
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Imagine you just bought a brand new car, fresh on the market.
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Days later, you learn that a number of the parts are defective, part of a manufacturer’s flaw. Even so, when you return the dealership, you are expected to pay extra to fix those problems.

Such a situation would be fundamentally unfair, and would violate state and federal lemon laws. And yet, our Boston product liability attorneys understand this is exactly what we are expecting of those who have been given faulty hip and knee replacements.
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