Hip Replacement Manufacturer To Pay Over $1 Billion in Major Settlement
Stryker Corp, a major manufacturer of artificial hip implants, announced on Monday, November 3rd that it has reached a settlement agreement with the thousands of patients that were harmed by their all-metal Rejuvenate and ABG II hip-replacement models.
Stryker, a subsidiary of the DePuy division of Johnson & Johnson, originally recalled these models in July of 2012, citing numerous complaints by patients and medical professionals alike that the metal-on-metal construction caused serious complications. In almost all cases, the all-metal artificial joints corroded quickly, causing inflammation in the tissue surrounding the implants, as well as elevated levels of dangerous metals in the blood.
This settlement deal will cost Stryker over 1 billion dollars, making this agreement one of the largest sums paid by an implant manufacturer in the last year. An estimated 250,000 hip replacement procedures take place around the country every year, and metal-on-metal devices once accounted for nearly two out of every three of these procedures.
This number has plummeted since the original Stryker recall, with physicians now recommending hip replacement devices that use a combination of plastic, ceramic and metal materials.
The defective product and medical malpractice attorneys of The Yost Legal Group have a proven track record of standing up to big manufacturers and securing the maximum compensation for our clients that have suffered due to negligent or defective medical devices. If you or a loved one have experienced any of the following symptoms due to a metal-on-metal hip implant, contact the experienced attorneys at The Yost Legal Group immediately:
- Osteolysis, or bone dissolution
- Synovitis, or inflammation of the synovial membrane in joints
- Joint fluid
- Tissue or bone necrosis
- Hypersensitivity to metal
Medical devices are designed to reduce pain and increase mobility and longevity. When these procedures instead cause pain, complications and unforeseen expenses, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side. The caring product liability attorneys at The Yost Legal Group will speak with you for free to discuss your situation and help you understand your rights.
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