New York, New York (PRWEB) January 31, 2013
The New Jersey Supreme Court has designated all Stryker hip recall lawsuits filed in the state alleging injuries from Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems a Multicounty Litigation, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to a notice dated January 24, 2013, all pending and future cases will be transferred to Bergen County Superior Court before Judge Brian R. Martinotti. Court documents indicate that numerous Stryker hip lawsuits have already been filed in New Jersey, and Judge Martinotti has scheduled an initial conference for February 20th. (In re Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and the ABG II Modular Hip Stem Litigation, No. 296 (N.J. Super. Ct., Bergen Cty.))
“Although the focus of most of the metal-on –metal hip lawsuits has been on hip implants where the metal ball slides against the metal cup, the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II lawsuits involve friction at the modular stem. This is one of the first state court consolidated litigations to address this type of metal hip defect,” 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 affected by the Stryker Rejuvenate recall.
Stryker Hip recall
Stryker recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular neck-stems on July 6, 2012, due to a potential for fretting and corrosion at the modular-neck junction that may result in pain, swelling and adverse local tissue reactions. The company has since advised that patients fitted with the recalled components undergo metal ion testing and cross sectional imaging, even if they are not experiencing symptoms of a failing hip implant. According to its most recent recall update, some patients have experienced high levels of metal ions in their blood and/or adverse local tissue reactions, even in the absence of symptoms.*
Stryker also announced that it has 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 hip recall.** Bernstein Liebhard LLP is advising patients that they should consider speaking with an attorney before they begin the Broadspire Stryker claims process, as any information they disclose to a Broadspire representative or in the course of the claims process could be used as evidence in their Stryker hip recall lawsuit.
Individuals who have suffered hip implant failures, metal poisoning, pain, or revision surgery allegedly due to the recalled Rejuvenate and ABG II components may be entitled to file a Stryker hip recall lawsuit seeking compensation for their medical care, pain and suffering, and other damages. A wealth of information regarding the Stryker Rejuvenate recall is available at Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s Stryker hip recall website. Free lawsuit evaluations can be obtained by calling 877-779-1414.
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