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On November 3, 2014, Stryker announced a settlement of the lawsuits involving patients whose Rejuvenate or ABG II hip replacement systems were revised prior to November 3, 2014. This settlement was valued at over $1 billion. Stryker’s liability is not capped. It is expected that the total amount of payments under the settlement will far exceed $1 billion dollars. Payments under the settlement program are projected for disbursement at the end of 2015.
Physicians and health regulators have focused substantial attention on the dangers to patients from the release of tiny metallic particles from all-metal (also called metal-on-metal) hip implants.
Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stem systems contain components made of chromium, cobalt, and titanium. Friction created by the normal movement of the components that make up Stryker hip replacement systems can release microscopic shavings and metal debris into the surrounding tissue and blood. This can lead to a condition called metallosis, which is characterized by painful, inflammatory reactions in the tissue and a high blood-metal count.
Patients who have received Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II hip systems should be aware of the symptoms which may indicate that their devices are not functioning properly.
In April 2012, Stryker issued an “Urgent Safety Alert” to surgeons for the two hip replacement systems. The alert listed “excessive metal debris and/or ion generation” as one of the safety risks to patients. According to Stryker’s Safety Alert, the following problems can result:
You should contact an attorney at your earliest convenience. You are invited to contact our law firm today by using the form below or by calling us directly at 1-800-229-7989.
However, you retain your rights to file a lawsuit against Stryker and seek compensation for the injuries you suffered as result of the implant failing. Keep in mind though, the statute of limitations (the deadline to file a lawsuit) varies by state and may preclude you from filing a claim if you do not contact an attorney promptly.
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