Leadership roles for the Stryker Rejuvenate hip replacement lawsuit MDL (multidistrict litigation) will soon be assigned by the U.S. District Judge presiding over the case, which will benefit all patients injured by the recalled medical device.

The Stryker hip MDL was established in June to coordinate pretrial proceedings for all federal personal injury lawsuits brought by plaintiffs who suffered injuries when their Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II hip implant failed.

All Stryker hip lawsuit claims filed in U.S. District Courts are included in the MDL, which is centralized in the District of Minnesota before U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank. When a large number of cases are filed regarding a similar claim in federal courts, an MDL helps to reduce duplicative discovery, avoid conflicting rulings, and serve the convenience of all parties involved, such as witnesses and the courts.

Last month, Judge Frank requested that all plaintiffs’ lawyers who applied for leadership roles to propose suggested leadership structures for the MDL.

On September 16, the plaintiffs submitted a proposed Order suggesting that four lawyers be designated as Co-Lead Counsel to coordinate and conduct discovery for all plaintiffs and also to conduct some settlement negotiations. 18 additional personal injury lawyers were designated for a Plaintiffs Steering Committee to assist the Co-Lead Counsel with discovery and trial preparation.

When the Stryker hip MDL was established, plaintiffs had filed at least 41 claims in 16 different U.S. District Courts. Last month, the U.S. JPML published an updated case list showing that more than 290 claims are now centralized before Judge Frank.

The Stryker hip personal injury lawsuits have all been filed by individuals who suffered serious injury due to these potentially defective medical devices. The Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II hips are both built with customizable modular neck-stems, which allow surgeons to tailor the implants to fit patients’ bodies. However, friction caused by metal components of the joints rubbing together with normal use can release tiny shards of metal in to the bloodstream, which can lead to metallosis, device corrosion or fretting, and even loosening of the hip implant.

In the Stryker hip lawsuits, plaintiffs claim that Howmedica and its Stryker subsidiaries designed, marketed, and distributed unsafe medical devices and that they failed to warn of serious side effects linked to these hip implant systems.

If you or someone you love has suffered injury or hip implant replacement due to a faulty Stryker Rejuvenate or Stryker ABG II hip, you could be entitled to compensation. For more information, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at the Berkowitz and Hanna LLC for a free consultation.