New York, New York (PRWEB) February 28, 2013
Bernstein Liebhard LLP announces that they have begun to file Stryker hip lawsuits in the consolidated litigation recently established in New Jersey Superior Court, Bergen County, for product liability claims stemming from the July 2012 recall of Rejuvenate and ABGII Modular-Neck Hip Stems. The Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuits, which were filed in Bergen County Superior Court on February 25, 2013, name Howmedica Osteonics d/b/a Stryker Orthopaedics as Defendant. (In re Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and the ABG II Modular Hip Stem Litigation, No. 296)
“We have heard from many patients impacted by the Stryker hip recall who have experienced serious complications, allegedly due to the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems. We expect to file additional Stryker hip lawsuits in this litigation in the future,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free legal evaluations to individuals who suffered metallosis, hip implant failure and other complications, related to the Stryker Rejuvenate recall.
Stryker Hip Recall
All of the Stryker hip lawsuits pending in the New Jersey litigation were filed in the wake of the Stryker Rejuvenate recall, which was announced after data indicated the metal hip stems were prone to fretting and corrosion at the modular neck junction. Judge Brian R. Martinotti, who is overseeing the New Jersey state litigation, held an initial conference on February 20th. Court records indicate that the next conference in the Stryker hip litigation has been scheduled for March 19th.
According to Stryker, patients implanted with the recalled components may experience pain, swelling and adverse local tissue reactions. In its most recent recall update, Stryker advised affected individuals to undergo metal ion testing and cross sectional imaging, even if they are not experiencing any problems with their hip. According to the company, there have been reports of patients without symptoms who experienced high levels of metal ions in their blood and/or adverse local tissue reactions.*
Stryker also recently announced that it had retained Broadspire Services, Inc., a third-party claims administrator, to work directly with patients to manage medical claims and address out-of-pocket costs relating to the Stryker Rejuvenate recall.** While some Stryker hip recall patients may have already received a letter from their doctor outlining the claims process, Bernstein Liebhard LLP has advised that they speak with an attorney before they begin a Broadspire Stryker claim. Any information disclosed in the course of the claims process could be used as evidence later should they choose to pursue a Stryker hip lawsuit.
In addition to the New Jersey litigation, additional Stryker hip lawsuits stemming from the Rejuvenate recall have been filed in various federal courts throughout the country. On February 19th, a plaintiff in one of those lawsuits requested that the U.S. Judicial Panel on Mutidistrict Litigation transfer all federally-filed claims to the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota for pretrial proceedings. According to the Motion for Transfer, at least 30 Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuits have been filed in 12 federal districts since Stryker announced the Rejuvenate recall. (In Re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, Case Pending No. 20 (JPML))
Individuals affected by the Stryker Rejuvenate recall who have experienced hip implant failures, metal poisoning, pain, or revision surgery may be entitled to file a Stryker hip lawsuit seeking compensation for their medical care, pain and suffering, and other damages. A wealth of information regarding the Stryker hip recall is available at Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. Free lawsuit evaluations can be obtained by calling 877-779-1414.
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 10 consecutive years.
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