Stryker Orthopaedics, a medical device manufacturer based in Bergen County, New Jersey is facing more than 80 lawsuits, according to an article published on NJ.com. The lawsuits assert the company sold defective hip replacement or prosthetic systems.
Stryker guaranteed buyers that the hip replacement implants AGB II and Rejuvenate would last for decades, however many of the devices failed after just months. This failure prompted a mass recall in July 2012. Since the recall, dozens of lawsuits have been filed against the company. One attorney claimed that she’s filed suit for 30 patients and is preparing to file on behalf of another 150.
According to NorthJersey.com, the matters surrounding the Stryker defective hip implants may become one of the largest mass-tort litigations in the United States. The New Jersey Supreme Court ordered that all NJ Stryker lawsuits be heard in Hackensack before Judge Brian R. Martinotti.
Plaintiffs have experienced nerve, bone, and muscle damage as a result of the defective hip implants. This damage stemmed from the metal-on-metal design, which caused metallic elements to be released into the bloodstream and absorbed by tissue. Some plaintiffs have required revision surgery.
If you or a loved one has suffered as the result of a defective medical device in New Jersey, the product liability lawyers at Blume Forte can examine your potential claim and determine whether it may have merit. For more information on your potential legal options, call us for a no-cost consultation at 973-845-4421.