The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has transferred dozens of lawsuits alleging injuries from hip replacement systems featuring Stryker LFIT V40 femoral heads to a federal court in Massachusetts for pretrial handling.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one had complications after hip replacement surgery, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
April 10, 2017 – JPML announced its decision Wednesday, consenting to a petition filed by patients who claim that Stryker LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral heads are defective.
At least 33 Stryker hip implant lawsuits will be centralized into an MDL in the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, before Judge Indira Talwani. MDLs are common in litigation where a large number of similar claims are filed against the same defendant. Consolidation is intended to reduce duplicative discovery, avoid conflicting rulings by different judges, and to serve the convenience of all parties involved.
In August 2016, Stryker issued an Urgent Medical Device Recall Notification (PDF) to surgeons warning that certain LFIT V40 Femoral Heads had been linked to a higher-than-expected number of complaints involving taper lock failure.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) later designated Stryker’s notification a Class II Medical Device Recall, which indicates that use of the affected hip implant components could result in adverse health complications including:
- Loss of mobility
- Adverse local tissue reaction
- Joint instability
- Bone fractures around the components
- Leg length discrepancy
- Need for revision surgery
JPML initially transferred 6 Stryker LFIT lawsuits to the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts. However, Wednesday’s Order noted 27 such complaints are currently pending in federal courts across the U.S. Those suits, as well as any future federal filings, may also be eligible for transfer to the MDL.
Do I Have a Stryker LFIT Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Stryker LFIT lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new hip implant complications cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you had problems following hip surgery, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.