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DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline lawyers are accepting faulty Biomet hip replacement clients for litigation. If you or a loved one has a faulty Biomet hip replacemant conta the Biomet Hip Replacement Helpline for a free case evaluation.
Biomet Magnum Hip Lawyers Appointed to Leadership Roles in MDL
Posted: 17 Dec 2012 08:17 AM PST
More than two dozen lawyers have been appointed to serve in various leadership positions in the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) established for all Biomet M2A Magnum hip lawsuits filed in the federal court system.
These attorneys will take various actions throughout the litigation that will benefit all plaintiffs who filed a product liability lawsuit after experiencing problems with the Biomet metal-on-metal hip replacement system.
On October 2, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) ordered that all product liability lawsuits filed against Biomet in federal courts throughout the country that involve the M2A Magnum metal hip implant will be centralized for pretrial proceedings before U.S. District Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. in the Northern District of Indiana.
Centralizing the litigation is designed to reduce duplicative discovery in dozens of cases, avoiding conflicting pretrial rulings from different judges and to serve the convenience of the parties, witnesses and Courts.
In an order (PDF) issued on December 5, Judge Miller established the organizational structure of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) in the Biomet MDL, appointing 22 different attorneys to serve in various roles throughout the consolidated proceedings.
The Biomet Magnum hip lawyers selected for the PSC will conduct pretrial discovery that applies to multiple cases, examine witnesses and introduce evidence on behalf of all plaintiffs at hearings and perform other tasks during pretrial proceedings that may apply to all cases in the MDL.
Judge Miller appointed Thomas R. Anapol and W. Mark Lanier to serve as Co-Lead Counsel, with Robert T. Dassow and Frederick R. Hovde appointed to serve as Liason Counsel. In addition, another six lawyers were designated to serve on the Executive Committee of the PSC.
Biotmet is another to the long list of faulty hip replacements which includes Stryker Rejuvinate, DePuy hip replacement.and Zimmer.Stryker hip replacement and ABG II modular-neck hip stems; DePuy, Inc., Smith and Nephew, plc. Biomet Inc., and Zimmer Holdings, Inc
Toning shoes cause Hip fractures and Hip replacements are no laughing matter. With sneakers causing hip fractures and hip replacements being recalled what are we to do? Lawsuits galore for malfunctioning devices that wreck havoc on seniors. Beware and call for an injury lawyer now.
By ELISABETH LEAMY (@elisabethleamy)
Feb. 16, 2011
A new lawsuit alleges that Skecher's Shape-up shoes can cause serious injuries.
An Ohio woman is suing the company after developing stress fractures in both hips — which she blames on the shoes.
Skecher's Shape-ups have a distinctive round sole. They are marketed as toning shoes, the fastest-growing segment of the athletic shoe market.
Toning shoes are meant to help you get in shape as you walk or work. But at least one person says rather than helping them, the shoes hurt them.
Holly Ward, 38, says her routine involves physical therapy and she now has pins in her hips because of injuries she says were caused by wearing Sketcher's Shape-ups.
"The extended use of these shoes has injured me catastrophically," Ward told "Good Morning America."
Shape-ups are advertised as helping you get in shape and helping reduce pain. Kim Kardashian and former NFL quarterback Joe Montana have appeared in commercials for Shape-ups.
Ward says she wore the shoes during her work as a waitress and while on walks and developed severe pain after five months. According to her lawsuit, she had fractures in both hips near where they meet the thigh bones even though she has the healthy bone density of a young woman.
"The femoral bone is the strongest bone in the human body and I fractured not one but two of them without being in a car crash or any traumatic incident," she said.
Skechers and its critics do agree on one thing: Shape-ups shoes change the way you walk.
A Skechers training video advises wearers to "step forward with the middle section of your heel hitting the ground first. Roll forward onto the ball of your foot and push off with your toes."
Company Says Millions Wear Shape-Ups Without Problems
The company calls its shoes revolutionary. Ward's lawyer calls them dangerous.
"We do not know of any testing or safety studies that Skechers did to determine safety," said Ronald Johnson, Ward's attorney. "If they're going to invent a whole new way for a human being to walk, the very first thing they should do is studies to make sure that's not going to harm their customers."
Ward says the potential gain is not worth the potential risk.
ABC spoke to half a dozen orthopedists and most were skeptical that shoes alone could cause stress fractures.
Skechers told ABC that "since this lawsuit is brand new, we have not had an opportunity to review Ms. Ward's allegations … millions of people wear Shape-ups without experiencing what Ms. Ward alleges."
Sketcher sneaker lawyers are accepting sketcher sneaker injury claims for:
Foot Injuries including:
Stress Fractures, Fallen Arches, Hammer Toe, Turf Toe, Inflammation of the Forefoot, Plantar Fasciitis, and Joint Displacement.
Leg Injuries including
Strains and Sprains, Fractures, Dislocation, Joint Injuries, Shin Splints, Tendonitis, and Nerve Damage.
Head Injuries including:
Coma, Concussion, Hematomas, Brain Damage, Hemorrhage, Skull Fracture, Contusions and Blood Clots.
Trimalleolar Ankle Fracture,
Ruptured Achilles Tendon,
Learn About Your Stryker Hip Replacement
Many seniors have fallen victim to the new Stryker hip replacement recall. This is not metal on metal but, Metal stems and components but, has shown the same rate of complications and metal toxicity factors. Seniors must see a doctor immediately and contact our Stryker helpline for a lawyer. Revision surgery for seniors includes months of rehabilitation. Our concern for our seniors with these faulty hip replacements has lead to a massive outreach campaign to contact all seniors with this implant and their families and children to be alerted to the potential need for revision surgery and to learn about the current Stryker lawsuits.
IN July of 2012 Stryker Orthopaedics recalled the Rejuvenate Modular Hip System and ABG II Modular-neck stems due to risk of wear and corrosion resulting in the need for additional revision surgery.
Stryker Implant Failure is Hurting Many Seniors
We urge seniors to contact the Stryker Implant Helpline asap to get information regarding the early failure of the device and the need for revision surgery
- Wear and corrosion at the modular-neck junction
- Osteolysis or bone dissolution
- Joint loosening and dislocation
- Excessive metal debris leading to metal toxicity
- Inflammation of tissues
- Death of tissues
- Allergic responses
- Broken device
- Adverse Local Tissue Reaction
Current news and updates regarding the Stryker Hip Replacement
Consolidation Of Lawsuits Against Stryker Are In the Works
The Logic Behind The Consolidation
Lawsuits have been filed against Stryker Orthopaedics over its defective hip implants. Cases are under consideration for consolidation New Jersey.The The proposal is to move for an MDL or consolidation in Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack, N.J., Honorable Brian Martinotti, who is the judge presiding over that court, has experience overseeing Depuy ASR hip implant lawsuits.
At issue are Stryker’s Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems, which were marketed as a way for orthopaedic surgeons to give patients a better fit with their hip implants because they can be customized using various parts. The Rejuvenate hip offers surgeons six stems and 16 necks, and the ABG II has 10 necks and 16 stems that work together.
The problem, however, is that the neck and stem parts have all-metal conjunctions, Stryker stated, which are to blame for complications similar to those seen in DePuy hip implant patients. Stryker patients are experiencing painful, early failure of their devices because the metal parts are grinding against each other and wearing out. Most hip implants have an average life of 15 years, but the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems are failing after just months, by some reports. All-metal hip implants also have been associated with metallosis, or the poisoning of the bloodstream.
Stryker recalled the Rejuvenate and ABG II on July 6, 2012. The Rejuvenate had only been on the market since February 2009.
If you have a failed Stryker Implant contact the helpline today.
A Stryker Hip Replacement Helpline has been launched for victims of the latest Stryker voluntary recall of the Stryker ABG II modular-neck stem used for total hip replacement surgery and the Stryker Rejuvinate modular-neck stem hip implant. The Stryker hip implants have been recalled due to the fact that they could fret or corrode, harming body tissue and causing pain or swelling.
Complications and Injuries that are noted include:
- Severe inflammatory reactions
- Pain in the groin
- Need for additional medical care and revision surgeries
- Breakdown of muscles, tendons and other soft tissues in and around the hip joint
- Loss of surrounding bone
- Loss of mobility
The Stryker Rejuvenate side effects appear to be similiar to the Metal on Metal Hip Replacements that have caused a landslide of lawsuits against DePuy Orthopedics.
While other types of hip implants such as those made by Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. involve a metal ball rubbing against a metal socket, the Stryker Rejuvenate products involve a metal neck inside a metal stem. It appears that lawyers are beginning to build cases against Stryker as a part of the complete metal on metal hip replacement lawsuits. Stryker does run the risk of metal toxicity as chromium and cobalt poisoning may occur.
Anyone experiencing side effects from these Stryker products is advised to call the Stryker Hip Replacement Helpline for a Stryker Hip Replacement lawyer.
Stryker states that the rate of complications arising from the recalled devices was "extremely low." The company based its recall decision on information collected since the products hit the market, saying it "may be predictive of a trend." It instructed patients implanted with the devices to contact their surgeon.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a Stryker Rejuvenate product a Stryker Hip replacement Lawyer contact the Stryker Hip Replacement Helpline for a
Hip replacement lawyer.
Hip replacement lawyers are accepting clients for the The Stryker ABG II modular-neck stem used for total hip replacement surgery and
The Stryker Rejuvinate modular-neck stem hip implant. Stryker recalled both of these products on July 4, 2012 because the metal of the neck and stem can corrode, releasing toxic metal ions that can damage tissue and bones around the hip implant. This can cause severe pain, inflammation, metal poisoning (metallosis from chromium and cobalt), tissue death (necrosis), bone damage, pseudotumers, gait issues, and other serious problems. Revision surgery (to remove and replace the recalled Stryker hip product) may be required.
Hip Replacement Lawyers and the DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline has launched a special division and helpline for victims of a failed Stryker hip implant.
Styker Orthopaedics has announced a recall of the ABG II modular-neck stem hip implant. Metal-on-metal parts of the device can corrode, shed toxic nano-particles into the body, and cause severe pain, inflammation, metal poisoning (metallosis), pseudotumors, and more
What You Can Do & How a Stryker ABG II Hip Implant Lawsuit Can Help
The Stryker ABG II modular-neck stem
The Stryker ABG II modular-neck stem is a new type of multi-piece hip replacement system. When it was approved, the company claimed that its many interchangeable parts made it ideal for matching each patient’s unique biomechanics.
Although the Stryker ABG II is technically a plastic-on-ceramic hip implant, the device has a unique neck/stem junction that is a metal-on-metal design. Like other metal-on-metal hip implants (including the DePuy ASR, which was recalled in 2010), the Stryker ABG II was fast-tracked through the FDA’s approval process via the 510(k) system. The FDA allows manufacturers to avoid conducting long-term safety studies of new devices so long as they are “substantially similar” to existing devices
Stryker ABG II Recall
Stryker first warned orthopedic surgeons about the risks of the ABG II hip implant in an Urgent Field Safety Notice that was sent in May 2012. The warning advised doctors to be aware of the following severe side effects associated with the ABG II hip implant:
- Excessive corrosion at the neck joint, which could shed toxic nano-particles into the patient’s body
- Pain, inflammation, tissue damage, and swelling caused by toxic metal nano-particles
- Allergic reaction, especially in patients with metal sensitivity
- Osteolysis (dissolving bone loss) caused by metal nano-particles
- Chronic pain in the hip joint
- Inflammation, swelling
- Less walking ability, changes in gait
- Metallosis (metal poisoning)
- Corrosion of the hip implant
- Tissue damage or death (necrosis)
- Bone loss in the hip
The Stryker Rejuvenate hip implant
Stryker Rejuvenate Recall
In July 2012, Stryker voluntarily recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems from the market. The products were recalled due to reports of fretting and corrosion. According to some reports, the FDA received two adverse events linked to the recalled devices, including one in which the device was removed.
On May 28, 2012, Health Canada announced that Stryker Rejuvenate was being recalled so the instructions for use could be updated. The recall affected only Rejuvenate devices sold in Canada and was based on a reported rate of less than one percent for revisions associated with the Rejuvenate. So far, no such Stryker recall has been announced in the US.
Call the Stryker hip implant helpline for a Stryker hip replacement Lawyer Today
DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline is reaching out to all victims of a failed DePuy to watch the statute of limitations. It is time to file your DePuy Lawsuits, If you have had revision surgery, or have been told you need revision sugery fir your failed DePuy Hip Replacement contact us today, We are also looking at cases for cobalt and chromium toxicity. See the interesting article on the Depuy Lawsuit statute of Limitations below. NOTE : We are also accepting Stryker Hip replacement lawsuits for the Stryker hip replacement recall.
Will DePuy ASR Hip Implant Claims be Paid Once the Statute of Limitations Has Passed?
The DePuy ASR hip implant claims are being directed through Broadspire, a leading third-party administrator to employers and insurance companies. Few of those harmed by the implant are fully cognizant of the extreme level of sophistication of such firms. Johnson & Johnson and DePuy have engaged Broadspire to engage in damage control as well as downplay the public outcry regarding the huge 2010 hip implant recall. In its role as a risk management firm, Broadspire will use the claimant data related to medical reimbursement requests to garner as much knowledge about the patients as possible.
Will Broadspire Continue to Pay Benefits on the DePuy Lawsuits?
Those recipients of hip implants who are in the throes of adverse medical events related to the hip implant should take a look at Broadspire’s website in order to fully grasp the levels the company will go to in order to use privileged medical records for the benefit of their client, Johnson & Johnson and DePuy. The Broadspire website additionally boasts of an entire panel of medical professionals at their disposal leaving one to wonder how critical patient medical files will end up being used against the victims. Since many of those harmed by the hip implant system currently rely on the reimbursement benefits which help cover co-pays and deductibles, they are questioning whether those benefits will continue. In other words, will Broadspire continue to pay those benefits following the statute of limitations in August of 2012?
Is DePuy Hip Replacement the Reimbursement Process Contractual?
The reimbursement process currently in place for those who have suffered medical issues due to the metal-on-metal hip implant is neither a contractual nor promised benefit therefore can be withdrawn or changed at virtually any time by Johnson & Johnson and DePuy. It has been speculated that the sole purpose of Broadspire’s reimbursement program is to exert influence on victims of hip implants persuading them to forego the pursuit of a legal claim. For those claimants who may be barred from a civil claim due to the statute of limitations the question remains as to whether DePuy and Johnson & Johnson will hold up their ethical end of the bargain and continue to pay these reimbursements.
The Harmful Effects of Metallosis and Cobalt, Chromium Toxicity
For those recipients of the metal-on-metal hip implant who have suffered metal toxicity, it’s important to note that the specific injuries associated are quite significant yet may not manifest for three to six years following implantation. Kidney and liver disease as well as certain types of cancer may occur as a result of the toxic metal buildup in the bloodstream but victims may not be aware of these serious diseases until much later. This means that many of those who have a hip implant may not fully recognize the extent of their injuries until after the expiration of the time limits, leaving them with little recourse. These victims deserve the same compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering that any victim does, yet may find that avenue lost to them forever.
The Risk to patients with a failed DePuy Hip Recall injury
Since the law does not specifically mandate that Johnson & Johnson and DePuy make the reimbursement payments beyond the statute of limitations, it stands to reason that they will direct Broadspire to discontinue those payments. Should recipients of hip implant systems who are currently receiving reimbursement payments risk losing those payments? Unfortunately there is nothing in writing that will prohibit these corporate giants from ceasing payments. The highly experienced attorneys who have extensive knowledge of the entire metal-on-metal hip lawsuits believe future considerations and medical expenses may be discounted unless these corporations are held legally accountable.
It is not advisable for any victim of a metal hip implant to trust in the word of DePuy and Johnson & Johnson when there is no legal mechanism in place to force them to back up that word. Recipients of the metal implants may have been exposed to much higher than normal levels of chromium and cobalt which can alter their health and their future. Some of the long-term effects from such exposure include decreased kidney function, adverse neurological effects, cardiovascular issues, hearing problems, lymphoma or disease of the thyroid gland. Because each individual’s case is unique, it must be evaluated on the specific characteristics and injury suffered.
Broadspire Already Denying Legitimate DePuy Hip Replacement Claims
Many victims of the metal-on-metal hip implant find they have suffered significant decreases in their vitality, energy and overall health status. Tissue damage and necrosis or joint damage may have resulted by the time the diagnosis is made, leading to significant impairment of mobility and range of motion. Many recipients of these devices find they are no longer able to enjoy the activities and hobbies they once did and may not even be able to perform routine day-to-day tasks. Even so, Broadspire has routinely denied reimbursements based only on their opinion that the injuries were not directly relatable to the defective hip implant. Though the patients’ physicians have gone to bat for them, disagreeing with such arbitrary assessments, Broadspire continues to sidestep their client’s responsibility. Several victims of the hip implant have claimed significant bone loss and joint destruction only to find that Broadspire disallowed their claims, calling the injuries “chronic.”
Statute of Limitations Variations for the DePuy lawsuits
At least twenty-eight states have product liability statutes of limitation which are two years or less, therefore for unrepresented victims of the metal-on-metal hip implant, the time could be short and legal representation is encouraged. As with many defective medical products, the legal restrictions and protections afforded the corporations could potentially leave many hip implant victims with few options or legal recourse.
To file your DePuy Hip replacement lawsuit call the Helpline today.
NEW HIP REPLACEMENT RECALL NEWS
New Stryker Hip Replacement Recall, Metal Components Hip Replacement
Stryker Orthopaedics Recalls Rejuvenate Modular Hip System
New Stryker Hip Replacement Helpline and Stryker hip replacement lawyers offering help to people with a failed Stryker hip replacement
In July 2012, Stryker Orthopaedics voluntarily recalled its Rejuvenate Modular Hip System. The recall includes both Stryker’s Rejuvenate Modular and ABG II modular-neck hip stems.
- Joint loosening and dislocation of the connecting joint
- corrosion and fretting of the device
- metal debris leading to metal toxicity
- Inflammation of surrounding tissue
- allergic response
- Broken devices in the hip after the surgery
DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline Reports On Upcoming DePuy ASR MDL Status Conference Set For July 25, 2012
On June 11, 2012, the Honorable David A. Katz, who is overseeing the DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation ("MDL No. 2197"), currently ongoing in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, issued an order scheduling the next status conference in the DePuy ASR MDL for July 25, 2012 at the Carl B. Stokes U.S. Courthouse in Cleveland, Ohio.The bellwether trials of metal on metal hip replacement lawsuits In DePuy ASR Hip MDL will be scheduled.
The last DePuy ASR MDL status conference was held on June 5, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The lawyers leading the litigation are working to schedule first bellwether trials. The first federal bellwether trial is expected to take place in Spring 2013. The first state court trial is scheduled to take place in Nevada in December 2012, with another state court trial set for January 2013 in Maryland.
DePuy Hip replacement Helpline is reaching out to all victims of the metal on metal hip replacements to contact a DePuy Hip Replacement lawyer and the DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline.
DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline lawyers are currently filing hip replacement lawsuits in the DePuy ASR MDL. They are also reviewing cases for metal-on-metal DePuy Pinnacle hip replacements. There is a current DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation ("MDL No. 2244"), which is currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. There is also a current metal hip implant by Wright Medical Technology, Inc. Thus is the Wright Conserve hip replacement which has beeb consolidated in In re: Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation ("MDL No. 2329"). This is now pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline and the DePuy Recall lawyers want to hear from you without delay.