Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuits

As of March 2023, there were 344 active Stryker hip replacement lawsuits. Stryker agreed to a confidential LFIT V40 Femoral Head settlement in 2018. It paid $2 billion in 2014 to settle Rejuvenate and ABG II hip lawsuits. Attorneys are now investigating complications with its Tritanium Acetabular Shells.

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Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuit Updates

As of March 16, 2023, there were 273 Stryker hip replacement lawsuits pending in multidistrict litigation number 2768 in Massachusetts. This MDL covers claims that the LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral head is defective in design. A second MDL, number 2441 in Minnesota, has 71 lawsuits pending regarding Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants design defects.

These lawsuits claim faulty hip implants caused severe pain and other complications that required additional surgery to repair. The lawsuits blame metal parts in the implants for releasing toxic metal ions into the body. The metals can cause tissue damage, loosening of the implants and other complications. Most plaintiffs had to undergo revision surgery to correct the problems.

Stryker hip lawyers are still accepting cases even though settlements were reached in 2014 and 2018 with most claimants. As of March 2023, the MDLs had not been closed.

Tritanium Acetabular Shell Lawsuits

No approved settlements or jury verdicts had been reached in Tritanium Acetabular Shell lawsuits as of March 2023. Stryker hip lawyers are still taking cases and litigation continues.

The devices, which are designed to replace a person’s hip socket, are supposed to fuse to bones by encouraging bone growth, but they don’t always work. Sometimes the hip implants loosen shortly after surgery, causing pain that can only be fixed through more surgery.

If you’ve had a Tritanium hip device implanted within the past five years and are experiencing pain or have been told you need revision surgery, you may want to speak with a Stryker hip lawyer. A hip replacement should last decades — not months — and revision surgeries are expensive and painful. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering and other expenses.

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LFIT V40 Femoral Head Settlement

Stryker and lawyers for plaintiffs suing the company over its LFIT V40 Femoral Head announced an initial settlement agreement on Nov. 2, 2018. Federal court documents confirm that the agreement would include lawsuits combined in a New Jersey multicounty litigation. Terms of the settlement were confidential as both sides finalized the agreement. As of March 2023, there were still 273 lawsuits pending in mass litigation in a Massachusetts federal court.

Hundreds of people filed lawsuits over the company’s LFIT V40 components after Stryker recalled 42,519 units in 2016, citing “higher than expected” complication rates. One of those claimants was Mern Direnzo. Direnzo received the Accolade TMZF and LFIT Anatomic V40 Femoral Head in October 2009. Following the hip replacement, blood tests showed high levels of metal ions in her blood and urine. She underwent a revision surgery to remove the device. Direnzo filed a lawsuit in 2014.

$2 Billion Rejuvenate and ABG II Settlement

In 2014, Stryker agreed to pay $1.43 billion to settle thousands of hip replacement lawsuits. It extended the settlement to more patients in 2016, raising the total settlement amount to between $2 billion and $2.2 billion. The average amount paid for each problematic hip implant was $600,000.

Under the settlement, the deadline to file a lawsuit over those hip replacements was March 2017. Stryker expected all settlement payments to be delivered by the end of 2017. But as of March 2023, there were still 71 lawsuits pending in a Minnesota federal court as part of the Rejuvenate and ABG II multidistrict litigation.

Stryker recalled nearly 44,000 Rejuvenate and 9,000 ABG II implants in April 2012. The company sent out an Urgent Field Safety Notice that warned “fretting and/or corrosion” could lead to “metallosis, necrosis, and/or pain” for people implanted with the devices.

Timeline of Rejuvenate & ABG II Litigation
  • July 2012
    Stryker issued a market withdrawal of all Rejuvenate and ABG II hip implants worldwide after the company alerted doctors to potential health complications of the hips.
  • August 2012
    The first lawsuit was filed in New Jersey state courts.
  • June 2013
    U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation combined federal lawsuits into Minnesota federal court.
  • December 2013
    The first trial was canceled as Stryker offered to settle.
  • November 2014
    The company offered a $1.4 billion settlement.
  • December 2016
    Stryker extended the settlement.
  • March 2017
    The time period to apply for the settlement ended; Stryker promised to have all settlement payments sent out by end of year.
  • August 2019
    There were 1,209 lawsuits still pending in federal court in Minnesota.
  • March 2023
    There were 71 lawsuits still pending in Minnesota federal court.

Choosing a Stryker Hip Lawyer

When choosing a Stryker hip lawyer, the most important thing to look for is experience with similar hip implant cases. Stryker hip implant lawsuits are complex litigations that require a legal team with experience handling defective medical device cases.

Some examples of other defective implant lawsuits include the DePuy ASR hip; Exactech knee, ankle and hip implants; and hernia mesh claims. Styker hip lawyers who have handled cases like these will have the experience and financial backing to take on a big medical device manufacturer such as Stryker.

Make sure to ask the Stryker hip lawyer you speak with for their experience obtaining settlements and jury verdicts against big corporations. An experienced attorney can explain the process, guide you through litigation and help fight for your settlement or jury verdict.

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