Under the Stryker settlement agreement, there are certain criteria you must meet. The first is you underwent a revision surgery prior to November 3, 2014. A revision surgery means your Stryker hip was removed. It is important to understand that revision surgery is defined in a very specific way. If the surgeon just replaced the cup or the ball, it is not considered a revision surgery. You needed to have the stem removed from the femur in order to qualify for the settlement.
The second part in order to qualify is having your hip removed for a recalled related event or reason. If your hip was removed because of an infection, or removed because you fell down after it was implanted, those types of reasons for removing the hip do not qualify. There is also a threshold requirement stating the Stryker hip was removed because of a recalled related reason. In order to qualify for the settlement, your medical records need to show one of the following: elevated cobalt and chromium, positive MRI (showing tissue damage or fluid accumulation), or tissue damage from metallosis found during surgery.
It is not easy determining if you qualify. If you have any questions whether or not you fit into the Stryker settlement, we are happy to help you. We have many of these cases and have extensive experience litigating and settling defective hip cases.