An estimated 300,000 people undergo hip replacement surgery annually. If you are among this population, you likely know that some major implant systems have been recalled over recent years. In 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics recalled their Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems after the products suffered a very high failure rate. Due to metal-on-metal corrosion, patients can experience swelling, pain, tissue damage, metal poisoning, bone deterioration and other devastating health issues. The Stryker company stopped sales and production immediately, but – for many patients – it was too late, and costly revision surgery was the only option.
What’s the good news, you might ask? As a result of these recalls, Stryker is now offering a base award of $300,000 per failed implant, providing the patient underwent revision surgery on or before November 2, 2014. Even if you have not had your implant removed, you may have rights under the settlement. Read on to learn more about this settlement, and how you can benefit from the support of an experienced medical device litigation team.
Who is eligible for the $300,000 base payment from Stryker?
If you had a recalled Stryker hip implant removed prior to November 2, 2014, you are likely entitled to the $300,000 award. This base award value will not be reduced even if a patient smoked or was considered obese at the time of surgery. However, there are certain factors that may warrant an adjustment to the total amount. For example, patients age 70 and above will receive a reduction, not to exceed 20 percent of the base. Patients who had two recalled Stryker hip implants removed are eligible for substantially more than the $300,000 award.
What is the base award intended to cover?
The company will still pay for medical bills related to your revision surgery in addition to the $300,000 base award. The base was intended to help patients recover from pain and suffering, disability and loss of income. Certain add-on payments may be available based on your unique circumstances (such as if you suffered a stroke or serious infection as a result).
What does this mean for my current case against Stryker?
Patients who are currently pursuing a claim may qualify for this award. If you do not wish to accept the $300,000 amount, you may be entitled to opt out and continue your original claim.
What if I have not had revision surgery?
If you have not yet faced revision surgery, or if you simply have not experienced problems with your Stryker hip implant, it is still wise to contact us. While outside the current settlement guidelines, there may still be a compensation plan to assist with your future needs. It is important that you know your rights, even if you have not had your Stryker hip implant removed.
No matter where you are in the process, Ward Black Law can provide sound advice with your full recovery in mind. With a 20 year history of helping North Carolina residents pursue claims of this nature, we understand the complexities of medical device litigation. Whether you live in NC or across the country, our dedicated team can help you understand your rights and work within the strict time limitations set forth by the court. Contact us toll free at 800-531-9191 or email us today.