$1.4 Billion Stryker Hip Settlement
Stryker set aside $1.43 billion to settle thousands of metal on metal hip implant lawsuits filed by patients who’ve had surgery to remove their Rejuvenate or ABG II hip replacements. But the settlement deadline cutoff was a year ago. That leaves out anyone who either didn’t file a claim in time or who had revision surgery BEFORE November 2014. Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. is accepting these out of deadline cases.
Here are the details of the settlement:
- The agreement pays out a base compensation of $300,000.
- That amount could be much higher if the patient had complications, infections, multiple surgeries, or if their medical needs are extraordinary.
- The settlement includes all patients who had revision surgery BEFORE November 3, 2014.
- March 2, 2015 was the deadline to submit a claim for the settlement.
Our firm has posted the entire master settlement agreement on our website for you to download and review.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
Stryker insists that you do not need an attorney to participate in their settlement program, but that could be a costly mistake. The payment amount for your case could be worth more than Stryker’s $300,000 base payout. Our attorneys will negotiate on your behalf to make sure you get the settlement payout that you deserve to pay for your medical needs.
What if my Stryker Hip Goes Bad AFTER the Settlement Date?
Our law firm is accepting ALL Stryker hip cases, even those that are NOT part of the settlement. If you have not had revision surgery yet, we can still represent you in future litigation. We advise Stryker hip patients not to contact Broadspire or call Stryker’s hotline without an attorney representing you. It is possible you could sign away your rights to future litigation or compensation.
Why Were Stryker Hips Recalled?
In July of 2012, Stryker recalled the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II due to the potential for fretting and corrosion around the taper neck junction which could result in adverse local tissue reactions. Symptoms of these reactions include pain and swelling.
Stryker Rejuvenate Lawsuit Filed in New Jersey
Our attorneys recently filed a Complaint against Stryker Howmedica over a defective Rejuvenate Hip Replacement in Bergen County, New Jersey. The Complaint includes some of the orthopedic surgeon’s notes about what he found when removing the defective Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant. You can read excerpts of the troubling results of the plaintiff’s severe metal poisoning below, or download a copy of the entire lawsuit Complaint: Plaintiff v. Stryker Orthopaedics. Complete excerpts of the surgeon’s medical notes are detailed on pages 13 and 14 of the Complaint.
“The neck was removed from the stem and there was the typical black sludge corrosion.” –Plaintiff v. Stryker Orthopaedics, Filed in Bergen County, NJ – Case No. 296
“Debridement of all the dead necrotic tissue was performed.” –Plaintiff v. Stryker Orthopaedics, Filed in Bergen County, NJ – Case No. 296
What’s Wrong With a “Modular” Hip Stem Design?
The Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II products are “modular” hip stems. A hip stem is a slender metal rod that is implanted into a person’s femur bone as part of a Total Hip Replacement surgery (THR). A regular, “non-modular” stem is made of one continuous piece, which curves inwards towards the hip socket at the top, or the neck, of the stem. Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II products are different and have a rarely used “modular” design. That means the stem and neck connect as two separate components instead of one continuous piece.
Howmedica Osteonics, a subsidiary of Stryker, sold 20,000 Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems throughout the United States. Due to defects in the design of the modular neck, it is prone to:
- The release of titanium, cobalt, and chromium debris into the patient’s body
- Pseudotumor formation
Some of the biggest problems with traditional “non-modular” hips are actually even worse in “modular” hip implants such as these. Researchers have known for decades that fretting and corrosion are common problems where the neck and the head of the hip implant attach to each other. The corrosion leads to the release of metallic particles in the body that have caused extensive damage to bone, tissue, and even distant organs and systems.
The “modular” design of the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II products magnify this problem by adding a second connection point between the stem and the neck. And to make things EVEN WORSE, these two parts of the Stryker hip stem are made of different metals: The stem is a titanium alloy and the neck is a cobalt chrome alloy.
What the Research Says About What Can Go Wrong with a Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II
A study released 18 years before Stryker started making these hip implants concluded that the combination of a cobalt-alloy component with a titanium-alloy component in a modular femoral hip stem was dangerous and should be avoided (Collier JP, Surprenant VA, Jensen RE, Mayor MB, Surprenant HP. Corrosion Between the Components of Modular Femoral Hip Prostheses.” J Bone Joint Surg. Br. 1992:74-B:511-7.)
At each connection point, the components undergo microscopic motion which causes the two parts to wear and release metal particles. Further, the junctures are prone to create pockets of space where fluid collects. When this happens, the titanium stem is especially prone to corrode. This corrosion further exacerbates metal wear problem.
Revision Surgery Can Be Traumatic
The metal wear can cause the tissue and muscle in your hip area to die off or necrotize. Patients usually face having another surgery to remove the damaged Stryker hip components. If the orthopedic surgeon has to remove the entire metal stem that has grown into the femur bone, it becomes an incredibly invasive operation. The surgeon may have to cut and peel away part of the femur from the implanted metal stem to get it out.