Hip Replacement Lawsuits, Recalls, Settlement Amounts
Metal on metal hip implant systems may cause severe health issues, including metal poisoning and organ damage. Manufacturers are now being forced to take responsibility for their defective medical devices. The number of metal on metal hip replacement lawsuits filed across the country grows every day.
Have you suffered an injury or required revision surgery because of a defective metal hip implant system? Rosen Injury Lawyers can help you obtain compensation from the negligent manufacturer. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free consultation. Our attorneys will review your case and answer any questions you have.
Why Are People Filing Metal on Metal Hip Implant Lawsuits?
Metal on metal (MOM) hip implant systems are made up of a ball and a socket. The ball and socket rub together and create friction. Over time, the metal implant degrades. This allows cobalt and chromium ions and metal shards to break away. These metal particles can get absorbed into your bloodstream, tissue, and/or muscle. This can cause dangerous and potentially life-threatening health issues, including metallosis, vision loss, and heart failure.
Lawsuits have been filed against metal on metal hip implant manufacturers. Manufacturers are accused of being negligent in the design, manufacture, and marketing of MOM implant systems. Lawsuits allege that the devices are unreasonably unsafe and carry unforeseeable risks. Injured hip replacement patients are demanding compensation for the injuries they’ve suffered because of a defective MOM implant.
What is the Average Metal on Metal Hip Settlement Amount?
Many metal on metal hip replacement lawsuits have been merged into something known as multidistrict litigation, or MDLs. In an MDL, similar cases are consolidated to be tried in a single district court before one judge. This helps to streamline the legal process and give everyone their day in court.
In the event that the parties are unable to resolve their differences, bellwether trials are held to allow the jury to resolve the disputed issues in the litigation. A bellwether trial is, in essence, a test case during which both sides present their arguments to the jury which in turn enters a verdict at the conclusion of the trial. The results of bellwether trials help to reveal how metal on metal hip lawsuits litigation may unfold. If a plaintiff wins a bellwether case, the amount he or she is awarded can help to establish an average value of metal on metal hip injuries. Manufacturers that lose bellwether trials may be more inclined to settle other cases.
Metal on metal litigation is still relatively young. Despite this, many cases have already been settled or resolved in court. Awards have varied, based on the injuries suffered by the plaintiff, the manufacturer and specific implant involved, and the conduct of the manufacturer in designing, testing and marketing the implant.
Hip Injury Lawsuits and Settlements – Stryker, DePuy Pinnacle
Tens of thousands of product liability lawsuits have been filed against metal on metal hip implant manufacturers. Many of these cases have yielded positive results for injured patients.
Stryker Hip Lawsuits
Stryker has been named in thousands of MOM injury lawsuits across the country. Patients are seeking compensation for injuries caused by the following defective metal implant systems:
- LFIT V40
- Rejuvenate, and
- ABG II.
$1 Billion Settlement. In 2014, the company agreed to pay $1 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits for injuries caused by Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II devices.
Private Settlement. Stryker recalled its popular LFIT V40 femoral head implant in April 2017. In November 2018, Stryker reportedly agreed to settle 265 MDL cases privately.
In late 2019 and early 2020, more than 1,000 Stryker lawsuits pending in an MDL before a judge in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota were dismissed. Many were dismissed without prejudice, which means that the plaintiffs are free to refile their lawsuits and attempt to recover compensation in the future.
As of April 2020, one Stryker MDL remains. More than 300 cases were still pending in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts.
Have you developed adverse health issues after getting a Stryker metal on metal hip implant? Contact Rosen Injury Lawyers to learn about your legal rights.
DePuy Pinnacle Hip Lawsuits & Settlements
DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is being sued for injuries caused by some of its most popular metal implant systems. These include the:
- ASR XL, and
$4 Billion Settlement. In 2013, DePuy agreed to pay $4 billion to settle more than 8,000 lawsuits for injuries caused by its defective ASR hip implant system.
$420 Million Settlement. In 2015, DePuy paid an additional $420 million to settle 1,800 additional ASR injury cases.
$502 Million Verdict. In 2016, DuPuy was ordered to pay $502 million to five plaintiffs for injuries caused by its Pinnacle hip implant. A judge later reduced the award to $151 million. An appellate court threw out the verdict on appeal.
$247 Million Verdict. In 2016, a Texas jury ordered DePuy to pay $247 million in damages to six plaintiffs for injuries caused by its Pinnacle implant system.
$1 Billion Verdict. In 2016, six plaintiffs were awarded $1 billion for injuries caused by DePuy’s Pinnacle device. A judge later reduced the award to $543 million.
$247 Million Verdict. In 2017, a Texas jury ordered DePuy to pay $247 million in damages to six plaintiffs for injuries caused by its Pinnacle implant system. The verdict was later reduced to $245 million.
$1 Billion Settlement. In 2019, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $1 Billion to settle an undisclosed number of Pinnacle injury lawsuits. It’s believed that the settlement will resolve up to 95 percent of the 6,000 lawsuits pending across the nation. The $1 billion figure includes $400 million that had already been committed during previous settlement negotiations.
Have you suffered health issues after getting a DePuy metal on metal hip implant? Contact Rosen Injury Lawyers to schedule a free case evaluation and learn about your legal options.
Wright Medical Hip Lawsuits
Wright Medical has been named in thousands of lawsuits in states across the United States. Patients argue that many of the company’s metal implant systems are defective and have a high rate of device failure. Lawsuits have been filed for injuries caused by the:
- Dynasty, and
- Lineage implants.
$230 Million Settlement. In 2016, Wright agreed to pay $240 million to settle 1,300 metal on metal hip injury lawsuits.
$90 Million Settlement. In 2017, Wright Medical agreed to pay nearly $90 million to settle all outstanding metal hip injury lawsuits. This included a $7.9 million payout to 49 plaintiffs and a $5.1 million payout to 39 of the oldest victims.
Do you have a metal on metal hip implant system manufactured by Wright Medical? Have you experienced unusual side effects or health events? Do not hesitate to contact Rosen INjury Lawyers for immediate assistance.
Zimmer Hip Lawsuits
Zimmer has been named in thousands of lawsuits by patients who claim to have been injured because of the company’s Durom Cup implant.
$314 Million Settlement. In 2016, Zimmer agreed to pay $314 million to settle most of the lawsuits pending in courts across the nation.
$2 Million Verdict. Zimmer was ordered to pay $2 million in damages to a man who developed metallosis after receiving a Durom Cup hip implant.
$7.68 Million Verdict. A California jury unanimously voted to award a man $7.68 million in compensation after he was injured by a defective Durom Cup hip implant.
Did you suffer health issues or require a revision surgery because of a defective Zimmer Durom Cup implant? The attorneys at Rosen Injury Lawyers can help you file a lawsuit to recover compensation for your injuries. Call our law firm today to learn more.
Biomet Hip Lawsuits
Biomet is facing several lawsuits for defects in its popular M2a Magnum implant system.
$56 Million Settlement. By 2015, Biomet had agreed to pay $56 million to settle all M2a injury lawsuits.
As of July 2019, there were still 190 lawsuits pending before a judge in the Northern District of Indiana (MDL 2391)
Have you suffered an injury because of Biomet’s defective replacement device? Call Rosen Injury Lawyers to discuss your legal options.
What is My Metal on Metal Hip Injury Lawsuit Worth?
You may be entitled to compensation if you’ve been harmed because of a defective metal on metal hip implant. Many factors can affect how much your individual case is worth. The value of your hip replacement device case will depend on:
- The metal on metal implant system used in your hip replacement surgery
- The injuries you’ve sustained
- The extent of those injuries
- Costs related to medical care, treatment, and recovery
- Other financial costs related to your injury
- Your quality of life, and
- How your MOM injury has affected your ability to work.
The fact that your metal on metal implant system was recalled by the FDA could also increase the value of your hip injury case.
Do you want to learn more about filing a metal on metal hip injury lawsuit? Call the experienced legal team at Rosen Injury Lawyers today. Your first consultation is free. Our attorneys will review your case and help you understand the best legal options for your specific situation. You have a limited amount of time to file a metal on metal hip injury lawsuit, so don’t hesitate to call us for help today.