Attorneys at Coplan & Crane Announce Firm Is Handling Claims Related to Stryker Hip Stem Settlement

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Chicago personal injury lawyer Gregory F. Coplan, a principal in the law firm of Coplan & Crane, says affected patients must take action before December 14, 2014, to be eligible for compensation under the Settlement Program.

We are continuing to monitor developments related to recall of the Stryker products and the settlement. We also continue to offer free case evaluations to help patients see if they qualify for benefits under this settlement.

Chicago law firm Coplan & Crane announced today it is handling claims related to the recently announced settlement involving Stryker Corporation’s Rejuvenate Modular-Neck and ABG II Modular-Neck hip implant stems.

According to a Stryker Corp. news release, the company announced a settlement agreement* to compensate eligible U.S. patients who had surgery before November 3, 2014, to replace one or both of the hip stems. (“Stryker Orthopaedics Announces Settlement Agreement to Compensate Eligible U.S. Patients Who Had Surgery To Replace Their Rejuvenate Modular-Neck and/or ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems,” Nov. 3.)

Attorney Gregory F. Coplan, a Chicago lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience representing victims of negligence and families who lost loved ones, said anyone who may eligible for compensation should contact Coplan & Crane immediately. All potential Stryker hip recall claims must be registered by December 14, 2014, to participate in the Settlement Program, Coplan explained.

“We are assisting any patients who received the Rejuvenate or ABG II hip stems,” Coplan said. “If you underwent a revision surgery because you needed to replace your hip stem, or if you or a loved one was too ill to have that revision surgery, we urge you to contact us. We are continuing to monitor developments related to recall of the Stryker products and the settlement. We also continue to offer free case evaluations to help patients see if they qualify for benefits under this settlement.”

According to the Stryker news release, the company will spend more than $1.4 billion to resolve claims. According to a Bloomberg News article, Stryker Corp. will pay a base amount of $300,000 per case to patients who had the devices surgically removed, one of Stryker’s lawyers told a New Jersey judge. The company faces more than 4,000 lawsuits consolidated in New Jersey state court and federal court in Minnesota, Bloomberg reports.

On July 6, 2012, Stryker initiated a voluntary recall of its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published Stryker’s statement about the recall on the FDA website. The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems contain metal components that may rub together, grinding metal particles off the implant, and allowing them to contaminate the tissue around the joint. Stryker says the problem may result in an adverse local tissue reaction, as well as possible pain and/or swelling in or around the hip.

*The cases are In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and ABG II Modular Hip Stem Litigation, Master Docket No. BER-L-936-13, Case Code 296, Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen County; and In re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 13-2441, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota.

About Coplan & Crane
Serving clients in Oak Park, Chicago and all of Illinois, Coplan & Crane handles a wide range of cases, including hip implant recalls and other defective medical devices, car accidents, truck accidents, bus accidents, railroad accidents, workplace injuries, medical malpractice and birth injuries. The law firm has a strong track record for obtaining large recoveries, including several, high-profile, multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts. A free consultation is available to all interested clients. The law firm works on a contingency fee basis. That means people only pay if they win.

Coplan & Crane
1111 Westgate St
Oak Park, IL 60301
(708) 358-8080
http://www.coplancrane.com

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