Federal Stryker Hip Lawsuits Consolidated in Minnesota

Staff Writer | June 18th, 2013

Stryker Hip Lawsuit FundingOn June 12, 2013, all federal lawsuits involving the Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II hip implants were transferred to a single district court for pretrial proceedings. Invoking a procedure called multidistrict litigation, or MDL, the Stryker hip plaintiffs successfully petitioned the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate the claims against Stryker Orthopaedics into a single district in order to move the cases along more efficiently. The Stryker MDL will take place in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota and will be presided over by the Honorable Judge Donovan W. Frank. Stryker hip lawsuit funding is now available to the dozens of plaintiffs awaiting the outcome of the MDL.

Federal lawsuits allege defects in Stryker implants

The Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II hip implants have become the subject of so much litigation due to their alleged propensity to cause severe and debilitating injury. Both implants were built with metal-on-metal construction, in which metal components may rub against each other causing premature wear and corrosion. As a byproduct of this corrosion, metal ions may be released into the tissues surrounding the implant, causing inflammation, pain, tissue damage, and tissue necrosis. The end result is often the early failure of the artificial joint, accompanied by severe pain, loss of mobility, and the need for subsequent surgery to repair the damage and replace the joint.

Due to a massive number of reports of early device failure, Stryker recalled the failing Rejuvenate and ABG II components in July of 2012. The company has been sued by plaintiffs alleging that the devices were unsafe due to defects in the design, manufacture, and/or instructions for use, and that Stryker failed to provide adequate warning about the risks of the devices, including the fact that they had not been tested adequately and that reports were flowing in about the failure of the Stryker hips and other metal-on-metal hip systems.

Plaintiffs suffer catastrophic economic losses

In addition to the physical pain and suffering caused by a failed Stryker implant, people injured by these devices face major economic losses. A failed implant usually means additional surgeries, which are more difficult, complicated, and expensive than the initial hip replacement. Recovery from these surgeries can take up to a year, during which the patient will have limited mobility and will need regular medical care and rehabilitation. Even with surgery and physical therapy, many patients suffer permanent disability, including pain and loss of mobility, that may interfere with future income and earning potential.

Many plaintiffs and their families struggle to pay these expenses and make up for lost time and income while they await the outcome of their lawsuit. Stryker hip lawsuit funding, which is a cash advance against the value of the expected verdict or settlement, is one option plaintiffs can turn to in order to meet their financial needs while awaiting the resolution of their claim.

Rejuvenate hip replacement lawsuits could take years to resolve

While the MDL is designed to streamline pretrial proceedings and encourage settlements, it is still a very lengthy process and could take years to resolve. Attorneys on both sides will be requesting and reviewing documents, interviewing potential witnesses, making motions to admit or exclude evidence and testimony, and selecting representative plaintiffs as candidates for early bellwether trials which will serve as case studies for settlement negotiations. Even if a case eventually does end in a settlement, Stryker hip pre-settlement loans are a smart choice for plaintiffs who don’t want to or can’t afford to wait years for the settlement to be negotiated and approved.

Stryker hip lawsuit funding is available now

LawStreet Capital is offering Stryker hip pre-settlement loans to plaintiffs who have a complaint pending against the company, either in the MDL or another court of law. These loans are 100% risk free and are only paid back if and when you get your verdict or settlement award. Call 1-866-FUND-662 today for 24-hour approval with no credit check and no collateral.