Stryker may be on pace to settle ABG II and Rejuvenate hip replacement lawsuits across the globe, according to expert predictions. More than 1,000 patients have filed Stryker hip implant lawsuits across the United States alleging that the ABG II and Rejuvenate metal-on-metal hip replacements caused serious injuries.
Stryker issued an ABGII and Rejuvenate recall in 2012, after more than 20,000 of their hip devices had been surgical implanted in patients. A report in the British Medical Journal found that patients who received a Stryker hip replacement could be at risk for severe side effects, including toxic levels of metal debris in the blood stream.
If Stryker does not choose to settle, the hip lawsuits would likely go to bellwether trials, which could determine outcomes of future lawsuits. Patients who have suffered from ABGII and Rejuvenate side effects began filing lawsuits in 2012 after the recall, and the company settled several of the lawsuits in 2013.