A number of major hip replacement settlements have been announced to resolve several high-profile medical device litigations. Compensation from a hip settlement could provide eligible claimants with funds to cover medical bills, lost wages and other injury-related damages.
The hip replacement attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have helped hundreds of people obtain compensation for complications and injuries related to allegedly defective hip components. In recent years, our clients have participated in lawsuits involving:
If you or a loved one experienced premature device failure or other complications that may be associated with a faulty implant, please call our office at (888) 994-5118 to learn more about hip replacement lawsuits and settlements.
Biomet Hip Replacement Settlements
The Biomet M2a line of metal-on-metal hip replacements was brought to market in 1996. Biomet introduced the M2a Magnum Large Metal Articulation in 2004, and it quickly became the company’s best-selling hip implant. However, within years of its introduction, hundreds of lawsuits had been filed on behalf of patients who allegedly experienced pain, swelling, premature device failure and fracture due to the M2a Magnum’s metal-on-metal design. In February 2014, Biomet announced a hip replacement settlement to resolve many of these claims. Eligible plaintiffs include those who were forced to undergo the revision of an affected Biomet hip within 180 days of their initial implant surgery.
DePuy ASR Hip Settlements
DePuy Orthopaedics recalled its metal-on-metal line of ASR hip implants in August 2010, after a registry in the United Kingdom indicated that the devices were associated with an unacceptably high rate of premature device failure. Three years later, DePuy announced a $2.5 billion hip replacement settlement to resolve thousands of lawsuits that had resulted from the recall. The agreement stipulated that eligible ASR recipients would receive a base award of $250,000. However, that amount could be reduced due to prior medical history and other factors. Other circumstances, including multiple revision surgeries or “certain extraordinary injuries” in the future, could also entitle some plaintiffs to a greater award.
Stryker Hip Settlements
A Stryker hip recall was announced in 2012 for thousands of Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck hip stems due to a potential for fretting and corrosion at the modular-neck junction. Thousands of patients would eventually go on to file lawsuits over injuries and complications allegedly associated with the recalled implants. In November 2014, Stryker agreed to pay $1.43 billion to settle a large portion of these claims, including those involving recall-related revision surgeries that had occurred by November 3, 2014. Patients who required revision but who were medically unable to undergo the procedure were also eligible to participate in the initial settlement program. In December 2016, Stryker agreed to expand the hip replacement settlement to include Rejuvenate and AGB II recipients who had undergone a revision as of December 19, 2016.
Wright Hip Settlements
In November 2016, Wright Medical announced that an agreement had been reached to settle nearly 1,300 hip replacement lawsuits involving its Conserve, Dynasty and Lineage metal-on-metal hip implants. The Wright hip settlement agreement would provide eligible Conserve hip patients with $170,000, while those who had the metal-liner Dynasty and Lineage devices would receive $120,000. Eligible claimants include individuals who underwent revision of their hip within eight years of their initial hip replacement surgery, and whose lawsuit was filed within their state’s statute of limitations. Before the Wright hip replacement settlement can take effect, 95% of eligible plaintiffs must agree to its terms.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP continues to provide free, no-obligation legal reviews to individuals who were harmed by allegedly defective hip implants. To discuss a case with our legal team today, please call (888) 994-5118.
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