The first federal Stryker hip lawsuits were filed in August of 2012 for injuries caused by the Rejuvenate and ABG II devices, but thousands have since been filed in federal, state and local courts around the U.S. for those devices and Stryker’s LFIT V40 device. Stryker LFIT V40 lawsuits have recently been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Boston.
Stryker hip lawsuits include injuries caused by the:
- Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Neck-stem
- Stryker ABG II Modular Neck-stem
- Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head
Stryker hip devices were approved under the 510(k) Premarket Notification Process which is a fast-track exemption allowing the manufacturer to avoid costly clinical trials by claiming the devices are similar to others already on the market. Consequently, the Stryker devices did not undergo implantation in humans before being released onto the market. By the time post-market adverse event reports began piling up, thousands of patients had already been injured.
The Stryker line of hip implant devices has a troubled history. The company has been forced to issue recalls of their devices on multiple occasions including recalls for ABG II and Rejuvenate devices in 2012 and recalls of certain models of the LFIT V40 Femoral Head in 2016 and 2017.
Stryker Hip Lawsuit Claims
Stryker hip lawsuits have accused the company of developing a product with a faulty design and of failing to disclose information about risks of the devices to both the public and the medical community. Plaintiffs have said that the devices were never properly tested and have resulted in numerous injuries from defects.
Plaintiffs filing lawsuits against Stryker may have experienced:
- Severe pain and inflammation
- Loss of mobility
- Bone loss or fracture
- Systemic inflammation due to metal poisoning
- Hip dislocation
In most cases, patients who suffered early device failure were forced to undergo revision surgery and may have required multiple reconstructions. Each additional surgery poses additional risk of pain, infection and requirement for extended recovery time.
Stryker Hip Lawsuit Settlements
Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II hip lawsuit history began with the first lawsuits being filed in 2012 but was quickly followed with hundreds of additional lawsuits. Federal lawsuits were consolidated into multidistrict litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and more than 700 state lawsuits were consolidated into multi-county litigation in New Jersey. Numerous lawsuits were also filed in other states and local courts and according to regulatory filings, the company was forced to set aside $1.3 billion for settlements in 2013.
By 2017, Stryker had paid out more than expected, over $1.5 billion for hip implant injuries with a minimum estimated award of $300,000, but New Jersey ABG II lawsuits had yet to be heard. In addition, the company is now facing more than 1000 lawsuits for injuries caused by the Stryker LFIT V40 Femoral Head implant.
The LFIT V40 metal Femoral head lawsuits filed in federal courts have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The first trial hearings, known as “bellwether” trials are set for 2019. Bellwether trials help determine if future lawsuits will be successful and may prompt the company to offer settlements rather than face costly and time-consuming trials.
Stryker has faced other lawsuits for its knee implants in the pasty and was sued by its malpractice insurance company after they had exhausted claims for lawsuits. No announcements have been made about excesses for hip implants, but similar lawsuit consolidations of other manufacturers have also reached into the $billions. Similar complaints faced by another manufacturer, DePuy Orthopaedics have resulted in over $2.5 billion in settlements for 8,000 lawsuits.
Filing a Stryker Hip Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has been injured, required blood testing or required to undergo revision surgery after receiving a Stryker hip implant device such as the Rejuvenate, ABG II or LFIT V40 femoral head, you might be entitled to financial compensation. You do not need to know exactly which components were used in your hip replacement surgery to contact an attorney.
Past medical injury lawsuits have compensated victims for lost wages, medical costs and pain and suffering. In some cases, plaintiffs have also received punitive damages if it could be proven the company knew a device was defective or dangerous but continued to sell it anyway.
Notwithstanding claims relating to this product, the drug/medical device remains approved by the U.S. FDA.