! STRYKER HIP SETTLEMENT ALERT !
Attention Detroit, Michigan Residents - there has been a 1.4 billion dollar settlement in the Stryker Hip Implant MDL. Please take the time to get fully informed about the Stryker Master Settlement Agreement.
Detroit, Michigan Hip Metallosis Lawyers and Lawsuits Information:
Information Regarding the Stryker Rejuvenate / Hip Recall
After the huge fanfare surrounding the DePuy ASR hip recall in August of 2010, it seemed that the Stryker Rejuvenate hip recall slipped by with very little coverage, two years later in July, 2012. The Stryker ABGII hip recall occurred in conjunction with the Rejuvenate recall. There was speculation about how this latest metal hip recall would affect Stryker’s financial bottom line. In January, 2013, as more lawsuits were filed, Stryker set aside $133 million to defend and settle lawsuits, however in November, 2014, Stryker settled a portion of the lawsuits to the tune of more than $1 billion, and there are many more lawsuits to defend and settle.
The difference between the DePuy ASR hip recall and the Stryker Rejuvenate hip recall could rest in the sheer numbers. There were between 93,000 and 100,000 DePuy ASR hip implants sold, as compared to about 20,000 Stryker Rejuvenate and ABGII implants. If you were affected by the Stryker Rejuvenate hip recall and you suspect you are a victim of Stryker Rejuvenate hip dangers, it is important that you see your physician and have blood testing, x-rays, an MRI and ultrasound done to ensure your health has not been adversely affected.
Have You Been Exposed to DePuy Pinnacle Hip Dangers?
If you are the recipient of a DePuy Pinnacle hip implant, you may have been exposed to serious DePuy Pinnacle hip dangers. DePuy is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson and has been in business for over a century as one of the first orthopedic companies in the United States. The DePuy Pinnacle hip implant was designed to increase mobility and last longer than other devices, and were marketed toward a younger, more active demographic.
The Pinnacle has not been recalled and is still in use, although the metal liner used with the system was discontinued. While the metal design of the DePuy Pinnacle eliminated plastic particles, the metal liner resulted in much more dangerous cobalt and chromium shards being released into the body. DePuy Pinnacle hip dangers include synovitis, ALVAL, the development of pseudo-tumors, metallosis and chromium and cobalt hip poisoning.
When You Must Deal With DePuy ASR Hip Metallosis
Your DePuy ASR metal hip may have left you with symptoms of DePuy ASR hip metallosis. Metallosis is a local toxicity caused by the metal particles which have been deposited into the hip tissues. Inflammation of the hip tissues can occur as well as chronic pain in the hip, groin and thigh areas. Osteolysis and necrosis—dissolution and death of the bone and surrounding tissues are a symptoms of DePuy ASR hip metallosis as well. Osteolysis and necrosis occur due to the inability of the body to supply oxygen and other nutrients to the hip area. DePuy ASR hip metallosis can result in the necessity of DePuy ASR hip revision surgery.
The Many Symptoms of DePuy Pinnacle Hip Metal Blood Poisoning
When the cobalt and chromium ions find their way to the bloodstream, patients may develop DePuy Pinnacle hip metal blood poisoning with symptoms such as neurological disorders, gastrointestinal issues, renal and thyroid disorders, a higher incidence of heart attack and other cardiovascular issues, diminishment or loss of vision and hearing, asthma and other respiratory issues, short-term memory loss, vertigo, anxiety, depression, irritability, skin rashes, tremors, seizures, nerve impairment, DNA disruption and the development of pseudo-tumors.
Understanding the Detroit, Michigan Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Statute of Limitations
As a result of the defective metal hip implants manufactured by Stryker, thousands of lawsuits have been filed by injured parties. The legal rights of those injured by a dangerous metal hip implant are bound by a specific amount of time in which to file claims known as the statutes of limitations. Failure to file a claim within the allotted time will forever bar you from receiving compensation for your injuries. The statutes vary from state to state, however the state of Michigan allows consumers to file a civil cause of action for a product liability case within two years of the date the injury occurred. The facts surrounding each and every case are unique, and determining exactly how much time you have to bring a claim is best determined by a well qualified Detroit, Michigan hip metallosis attorney.
Hip Metallosis Litigation and Detroit, Michigan
You may be considering filing a hip metallosis lawsuit against a hip implant manufacturer, depending on which device you received (Stryker Rejuvenate / ABGII, DePuy ASR / Pinnacle, Smith & Nephew R3, Wright Systems Conserve THS / Profemur, Zimmer Durom or Biomet M2A Magnum), and your level of injury. Thousands of people across the United States have filed lawsuits, and some of those lawsuits have settled. The recalled ASR had over 11,000 lawsuits filed against DePuy and Johnson & Johnson, however approximately 7,000 of those settled in late 2013 for $2.5 billion.
The Pinnacle has approximately 5,400 lawsuits filed for injury suffered, and only one has gone to trial, resulting in a decision for the defendant. DePuy and Johnson & Johnson maintain the Pinnacle is safe, so these lawsuits will likely continue to be set for trial. Stryker has had over 4,000 lawsuits filed for the recalled Rejuvenate and ABGII, however Stryker issued a partial settlement within the last few days (the first week of November, 2014) for $1 billion to all those patients who had undergone revision surgery prior to November 1, 2014. The remainder of the cases are pending.
Detroit, Michigan Hip Recall Lawyer
If you have suffered harm from a metal hip implant, it could be beneficial to speak to a knowledgeable hip metallosis attorney who can determine which hip implant you have, and the strength of your case.