Stryker Hip Lawsuits Move Forward, as Master and Short Form Complaints Approved in Federal Litigation, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports

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The Firm is representing clients in Stryker hip lawsuits who allegedly suffered injuries related to the Stryker hip recall for Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems.

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The adoption of these standardized complaints will provide plaintiffs who choose to file cases in the federal Stryker hip recall litigation a more efficient means of doing so.

The federal judge overseeing hundreds of Stryker hip lawsuits ( filed in the wake of the 2012 recall for Rejuvenate Modular-Neck Hip Stems has approved the use of Master and Short Form Complaints, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to an Order issued in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota on January 23, 2014, the Master Complaint will detail all of the allegations common to federally-filed Stryker hip lawsuits, while the Short Form Complaint will address each individual plaintiff’s specific claims, the implants that were used, their side effects, recovery treatments and follow-up procedures. (In re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2441)

“The adoption of these standardized complaints will provide plaintiffs who choose to file cases in the federal Stryker hip recall litigation a more efficient means of doing so,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm continues to offer free legal evaluations to individuals who have suffered serious complications, allegedly related to the Stryker recall for Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems.

Stryker Hip Lawsuits
According to court documents, more than 500 Stryker hip lawsuits are currently pending in the federal multidistrict litigation underway in the District of Minnesota. At least 664 additional complaints have also been filed in a multicounty litigation underway in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court, where Bernstein Liebhard LLP is actively filing claims. (In Re Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and the ABG II Modular Hip Stem Litigation, No. 296) All of the lawsuits filed in these proceedings similarly allege that plaintiffs suffered serious and debilitating complications due to the propensity of the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems to fret and corrode.

Court records in the state proceeding underway in New Jersey indicate that five Stryker hip recall claims have resolved as a result of early mediation efforts that are underway in that jurisdiction. According to an Order dated January 28, 2014, efforts continue in some cases selected for Phase I of early mediation, while the process of selecting additional Stryker lawsuits for Phase II of that process is now underway.

The Stryker hip recall was announced in July 2012, after it was determined that Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems were subject to a high rate of fretting and corrosion at the modular-neck junction, resulting in pain, swelling and adverse local tissue reactions. However, because not all patients with a defective component will experience symptoms, Stryker has recommended that every Rejuvenate and ABG II recipients undergo blood and imaging tests to ensure their device is functioning properly.*

Individuals who were allegedly harmed by devices included in the Stryker hip recall may be entitled to compensation for their injury-related damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and other damages. To learn more about filing a Stryker hip lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website, or call 800-511-5092 to arrange for a free, no-obligation case review.


About Bernstein Liebhard LLP
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 11 consecutive years.

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