On Monday, November 3, 2014, medical technologies giant Stryker agreed to pay at least $1.43 billion to settle defective hip implant lawsuits filed by injured patients who underwent revision surgeries to remove the implant.
The hundreds of lawsuits that have been filed against Stryker stem from two hip implants that Stryker recalled in 2012 due to corrosion and other problems. The two hip devices were the Rejuvenate Modular-Neck or the ABG II Modular-Neck. Lawsuits allege the metal components of the device could rub together, creating tiny particles of metallic debris to enter the body, causing severe damage to a patient’s tissue and muscle.
President of Stryker Orthopaedics, William J. Huffnagle, said, “This settlement program provides patients compensation in a fair, timely and efficient manner.”
Stryker’s settlement of $1.43 billion is one of the largest settlements against a medical device manufacturer. In 2013, the DePuy division of Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $2.5 billion to resolve 8,000 lawsuits for injuries sustained due to metal-on-metal implants similar to Stryker’s devices.
If you or a loved one is having trouble with a hip or knee implant, you’re advised to talk to your physician. Y our device may be one that has been recalled. It would be wise to speak with a personal injury lawyer who can explain your rights as a patient and the compensation that you might be eligible for. As always, Wilson Kehoe Winingham offers a free consultation to talk about your specific case and injuries. Contact us today at WKW.com or 317-920-6400.