New York, New York (PRWEB) April 23, 2013
Stryker hip lawsuits stemming from the July 2012 Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stem recall continue to mount in courts throughout the country, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to an updated Case List posted on the Court’s website, some 145 Stryker hip replacement lawsuits were pending in a coordinated proceeding now underway in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court as of April 22nd. The Court’s previous Case List had noted that 81 claims had been filed as of March 21st. (In re Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and the ABG II Modular Hip Stem Litigation, No. 296)
“Numerous individuals continue to contact our firm seeking information regarding Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuits. We are not surprised that the number of filings in the New Jersey litigation has grown,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is actively filing Stryker hip replacement lawsuits in the New Jersey litigation on behalf of alleged victims of Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems.
Stryker Rejuvenate Lawsuits
The Stryker Rejuvenate recall was announced in July 2012, after the metal hip components were found to be prone to fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction. According to Stryker, this may lead to pain, swelling and adverse tissue reactions that may necessitate early revision of the hip implant. Recently, a report published by the Palm Beach Post raised concerns that revision rates associated with the Stryker Rejuvenate recall could exceed 50%. Florida surgeon, Dr. Robert Zann, reported that his Stryker revision patients have suffered a number of serious complications, including measurable metal contamination on blood tests, and painful, fluid-filled pseudotumors around the artificial joints.*
In addition to the litigation proceeding in New Jersey state court, plaintiffs have also petitioned the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to transfer all federally-filed Stryker hip replacement lawsuits to a single federal court for pretrial proceedings. Court documents indicate that some 30 Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuits are already pending in 17 federal districts. The JPML has scheduled Oral Arguments on the proposed federal consolidation for May 30th. (In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, Case Pending No. 20 (JPML))
Individuals affected by the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stem recall should be aware that Stryker has advised that all patients fitted with these components should undergo blood tests and cross-sectional imaging, even in the absence of symptoms. According to the company, some patients have presented with elevated metal ion levels and adverse local tissue reactions, despite reporting no symptoms that would indicate their hip was failing.** Stryker has also retained Broadspire Services, Inc., a third-party claims administrator, to help address patients’ out-of-pocket costs relating to the Stryker Rejuvenate recall.*** Bernstein Liebhard LLP is advising patients that they should consider speaking with an attorney before they begin a Broadspire Stryker claim, as any information they disclose in the course of the claims process could be used as evidence in their Stryker hip lawsuit.
Bernstein Liebhard is offering free legal evaluations to Individuals who have suffered hip implant failures, metal poisoning, pain, or revision surgery allegedly due to the recalled Rejuvenate and ABG II components. A wealth of information about filing a Stryker hip lawsuit is available at Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. Free lawsuit evaluations can be obtained by calling 877-779-1414.
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Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993, including those who have been harmed by dangerous drugs, defective medical devices and consumer products. The firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the “Plaintiffs’ Hot List,” recognizing the top plaintiffs’ firms in the country, for the past 10 consecutive years.
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Felecia L. Stern, Esq.
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