MONTGOMERY, Ala. (November 3, 2014) – Howmedica Osteonics Corporation / Stryker Orthopaedics have agreed to a global settlement to resolve thousands of claims related to injuries suffered as the result of defective hip implant parts. The settlement was overseen by Judge Brian R. Martinotti of the Superior Court of New Jersey, along with Judge Donovan W. Frank, who presides in the U.S. District of Minnesota. Howmedica/Stryker faced thousands of cases in the U.S. related to its Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular Hip Implant, which it recalled in July 2012 amid reports of unusually high rates of device failure. Beasley Allen attorney Navan Ward, Jr., was involved in the litigation for cases against Howmedica / Stryker Orthopaedics in the New Jersey consolidated hip implant litigation in front of Judge Martinotti.
“Since the Rejuvenate and ABG II metal hip devices were pulled from the market in July 2012, my firm, along with several law firms around the country, has worked hard to expose the problems with these products, along with the similar problems seen with several of the other failed metal-on-metal hip devices made by other manufacturers,” Ward said. “Due to the highly invasive nature of these particular hip devices, the revision surgeries suffered by many of our clients have been catastrophic in nature, leading to permanent damage to their hip and femur areas. We are looking forward to resolving their Rejuvenate and ABG II claims as soon as possible in order to provide our clients the much needed compensation that they deserve. Resolution of these claims was a direct result of the hard work that our attorneys, along with many attorneys around the country, in pushing this litigation on multiple fronts and holding Howmedica/Stryker accountable for manufacturing these devices.”
An estimated 20,000 people were implanted in the U.S. with the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip products. Since these devices were “stem” parts of the hip components, revision surgeries required the stem of the component to be removed from the femur, which results in further hip/femur instability. Compared to most of the other metal-on-metal hip failures, the post revision damages have typically been more severe with these hips. Patients are reporting problems within as little as two years after receiving these hip implants. These hip implants have shown that the metal-on-metal friction between the stem and neck of the components cause metal debris to accumulate, resulting in a condition called metallosis, or metal poisoning, resulting from metal shavings from the devices entering the bloodstream.
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