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#Strykerhiprecallnews June 2012, #Stryker Corporation recalled its Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems due to "fretting and/or corrosion" in the implant which may lead to an "adverse local tissue reaction, as well as possible pain and/or swelling, in or around your hip."  
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An estimated 500,000 patients in the United States have received metallic hip implants. While marketed by device manufacturers as more durable than earlier generation artificial implants using ceramic, plastic, and other materials, many recipients of all-metal hip implants have experienced the premature failure of their implants. As a result, the injured patients have had to undergo further painful and costly operations, called revision surgery, to remove the faulty metal implant and insert a new device.
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As explained by Lieff Cabraser injury attorney +Wendy Fleishman, "J&J will provide a base award of $250,000 to U.S. citizens and residents who were implanted in the U.S. or at a US military hospital with a ASR XL or ASR resurfacing device, and who underwent surgical revision (removal and replace of the faulty hip implant) of the DePuy device more than 180 days after implantation and before August 31, 2013." 
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Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy will reportedly settle the more than 7,500 lawsuits in federal and state courts brought by patients that received the recalled DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant for a $4 billion payout.
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Described as the most widely misunderstood story in America, the NY Times examines what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque woman who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald's, while exploring how and why the case garnered so much media attention.
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Latest news for patients that received the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG-II hip implants from +Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP attorney Lexi Hazam.
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An epidemic of medical mistakes is killing as many as 440,000 Americans a year, making it the nation’s third leading cause of death.
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Attorney +Wendy Fleishman provides answers to common questions on the Stryker and Howmedica metal #hiprecall
 
Why were the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants recalled? Howmedica Osteonics Corporation, which operates under the name of Stryker Ortho-paedics, recalled the Stryker Rejuvenate Modular Primary Hip System and Stryker ABG II modular neck hip system in the United States in June 2012. 

The Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II were recalled due to the risk of fretting and corrosion at the neck juncture of the hip implant devices.

The trunnions, located at either end of the neck piece, are also made of metal. Body fluids can become trapped underneath the trunnions, corrosion occurs, and metal ions are released into the body just as with the all- metal implant. The trunnions on the neck snap into the stem on one end and the ball on the other, giving surgeons the ability to select the size components for each individual patient’s anatomy and needs.

Learn more about the #Strykerhiprecall  and the legal rights of #Strykerhip  patients by reading the FAQ linked below.
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On November 19, 2013, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal reported that Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay at least $2.5 billion to resolve thousands of defective DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuits.

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"All-metal replacement hips like the A.S.R. were once highly popular with orthopedic surgeons who believed the devices would last longer than traditional replacement devices made of plastic and metal. But the metal devices are rarely used anymore because of their high early failure rates.

While the settlement, if approved, would resolve much of the litigation against DePuy involving that device, it continues to face thousands of lawsuits involving another all-metal hip that it no longer sells called the Pinnacle."
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The first case to be heard in federal court charging that the DePuy ASR hip is a defective medical device has been delayed. However, the next state court trial in California and in New Jersey brought by hip replacement patients implanted with a defective DePuy metal hip remain on track. Both cases are set to start in mid-October.

On September 20, 2013, U.S. District Judge David A. Katz continued the trial of the first bellwether trial in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation (MDL) for 90 days. Judge Katz explained the reason for the delay: “[T]he scheduling of expert witnesses by both parties has become an extremely difficult task [due to the initial continuance]. Additionally, issues remain with regard to scheduling of additional depositions and pretrial discovery which are necessary for the thorough preparation and presentation of this bellwether case.”

A bellwether case is one selected by the parties and the court as typical of the litigation and therefore useful in allowing the parties to test their arguments, with the goal of moving the overall litigation towards resolution.

Another case, entitled Ottman v. DePuy, remains on schedule for mid-October start. This trial will be in California state court before San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard A. Kramer. Mr. Ottman underwent a right total hip replacement using the ASR XL in August 2008. Like many of the injured patients in the DePuy ASR lawsuits, Mr. Ottman was forced to undergo revision surgery within five years of the date of his implant surgery due to the metal hip failing.

The case in New Jersey is called MacDonald v. DePuy and is set for jury trial on October 21, 2013 before the Honorable Brian R. Martinotti, Judge of the Superior Court in Bergen County, New Jersey.
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This Google+ page is sponsored by the national plaintiffs' law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP:

Hip implants composed of all-metal surfaces have been failing at unprecedented rates compared to traditional artificial implants made of ceramics and plastic. These failures force hip implant patients to undergo costly, intrusive, and often painful revision surgery to correct the problems caused by their all-metal (also known as metal-on-metal) hip implants.

The manufacturers and devices included in recent lawsuits by patients who implant failed include:
  • The Stryker Rejuvenate
  • Stryker AGB II
  • Wright Profemur-Z hip system
  • DePuy Orthopaedics ASR XL Acetabular
  • DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing system
  • certain DePuy Pinnacle hip implants
Metal Hip Recall & Lawsuits

Patients represented by Lieff Cabraser have filed lawsuits against DePuy, Stryker, Wright, and other manufacturers seeking compensation for pain, suffering, and other physical injuries, and the cost of replacement surgery and other financial difficulties as a result of the failure of their hip implants. The hip recall lawsuits charge that the manufacturers variously concealed the fact that their metal hip implants were defective and likely to suffer early failure from patients and physicians.

Contact Lieff Cabraser

Please visit http://www.lieffcabraser.com/Personal-Injury/Devices/Hip-Implant-Recall.shtml to contact an attorney at Lieff Cabraser for answers to your questions concerning metal hip recalls and a free review of your case.  This will ensure the quickest response to your inquiry.

Please do not post case inquiries within the comments section of our Google+ page. 

Trademark Notice

DePuy, ASR, and Pinnacle are Registered Trademarks of Depuy Orthopaedics and of Johnson & Johnson Company. The Rejuvenate Modular Primary Hip System and the AGB II Modular Hip System are Registered Trademarks of Stryker Corporation. The Wright Medical Profemur-Z is a Registered Trademark of Wright Medical Technology, Inc.

Nothing in this page has been authorized or approved by any of these companies; the use of these Registered Trademarks is for informational and product identification purposes only. Lieff Cabraser is not affiliated with any of these companies.

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