According to an article posted by Mass Device, Stryker, a Medical Device and Equipment Manufacturing Company has reached a settlement in regards to multi district litigation (also known as MDL’s) filed over complications with the company’s hip replacement devices. Judge Indira Talwani in Massachusetts who is presiding over one of the MDL’s announced that stayed discovery through July 31, 2019, “so walk-away rights or settlements can be confirmed” according to the article. The medical manufacturer told Talwani Nov. 2 that it and a pair of committees representing plaintiffs in the Bay State MDL and another in New Jersey “have reached a confidential settlement agreement to resolve the claims of certain eligible patients who had surgery to replace their LFITTM CoCr V40TM femoral head along with related hip system components,” according to court documents.”
Even though exact knowledge of what devices are being covered under the agreement is unknown, V40 heads, Accolade TMZF, Citation, Accolade 2, Meridian, as well as Rejuvenate are thought to be included as reported by one of the firms representing a plaintiff in the matter. Stryker found themselves in hot water after it was found that many of their hip devices caused metal on metal grinding, leading to metal particles breaking off and entering the bloodstream. Furthermore, some of their devices also experienced loosening of the hip ball within the device which could cause significant movement problems. As a result of these issues, revision surgery is often needed to fix the negative effects of the device. For further information on these devices and metal on metal devices, visit our other blogs here and here.
If you or a loved one have a Stryker implant device, contact our office at (303)-999-9999 or (303)-835-9342 regarding any questions. Please also visit our website at www.boesenlaw.com for more information.