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Stryker settlement not slowing down new hip implant lawsuits

April 10th, 2015

More than 2,300 Stryker Rejuvenate lawsuits are pending in a multi-district litigation against the company as of March 2015. The hip replacement lawsuits were filed against the company after patients experienced severe side effects from the metal-on-metal implants.

Stryker agreed to settle thousands of hip device lawsuits against the company for more than $1.4 billion, but the settlement does not prohibit new patients from filing lawsuits. Stryker issued a Rejuvenate recall in 2012 after studies found that the device was much more likely to fail and cause severe complications than alternative hip replacements.

Many patients who received a Stryker device such as the Rejuvenate or ABG II suffered complications that required revision surgery. Stryker hip replacement side effects include pain, limited mobility, tissue damage and toxic levels of cobalt and chromium in the blood stream, also known as “metallosis.”

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