As previously discussed, in our prior post “STRYKER HIP RECALL LAWSUITS“, STRYKER initiated a market withdrawal of their modular necks stems during June 2012. While the company has used related press releases to describe their recall as “voluntary”, this is openly questioned by lawyers and victims that had to have a revision surgery to remove their failing Rejuvenate Modular or ABG II Modular Neck Stem. “Voluntary” usually means that it is something the proceeded from the will or from one’s own choice or consent. Under the circumstances it is more likely that mounting advere event reports, “red flags” and scrutiny forced a market withdrawal in June 2012 as announced by the company and U.S. Food & Drug Administration.
As part of a post recall risk mitigation strategy the company has outsourced and involved a third party to help administer related claims and complaints. However, this is no substitute for legal advice or representation under the circumstances. As a result, our office has continued to investigate related cases, and encourages victims to seek legal assistance in measuring their damages and legal remedies.
During December of 2013, reports emerged that STRYKER had in fact reached confidential settlements with a handful of patients. These confidential settlements were first reported in Reporter Mark Hollmer, in FIERCE MEDICAL DEVICES in a story entitled “Stryker Agrees to Settle Four Metal Hip Lawsuits as Hundreds More Loom“. These particular settlements were reached through confidential Mediation conferences where lawyers for both parties present their case before a neutral third party in an effort to reach a compromise. Our office anticipates that in combination with more lawsuits, and directives from the court, STRYKER HIP RECALL LAWSUIT SETTLEMENTS will be considered by parties involved in the litigation. We also anticipate that related HIP RECALL LAWSUITS will total thousands as patients come forward. However, knowing potential legal rights and remedies is something that is arguably best determined with the assistance of qualified legal counsel that is prepared to advocate on behalf of a victim. Our office is prepared to provide legal counsel and services upon request.
The number of STRYKER HIP RECALL LAWSUITS continues to grow across the United States. This includes the centralization of cases in a number of locations or venues. Specifically, in Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where our office is headquarted. A Federal Mult-District Litigation has also been established in the United States District Court, District of Minnesota. Additionally, cases have been centralized in Superior Court in Bergen County, in the State of New Jersey, where STRYKER has a headquarters. As a result, the company is facing STRYKER HIP RECALL LAWSUITS in a number of locations, while lawyers continue investigating the development of the product, failure history and circumstances giving rise to the market withdrawal.
Published reports indicate that as of May 2014, there were at nearly 2,000 cases pending with many more expected as the two (2) year anniversary of the STRYKER REJUVENATE RECALL approaches.
In addition to our prior post, “STRYKER HIP RECALL LAWSUITS” , and this post, we have initiated an effort to help raise awareness by maintaining a HIP RECALL LAWSUIT website that offers free legal consultations to victims. Additional information is available by clicking on this link HIP RECALL LAWSUIT
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