On November 3, 2014, Howmedica Osteonics Corp. (Stryker) announced a National Settlement Program for patients meeting certain criteria who had received these Stryker implants. Stryker invited patients affected by the recalled Rejuvenate and ABG II hip systems to participate with the condition that substantially all eligible patients participate. The settlement program is only available to those patients who have had their Stryker implant removed prior to November 3, 2014; who registered with the program online by December 16, 2014; and who enroll in the program by a deadline which has now been extended to March 30, 2015.

We believe that there are many patients with meritorious claims who may not be aware of their rights and options. Every patient who has received one of these Stryker hip implants should immediately seek legal advice and representation including patients who (i) are not eligible for the program because they have not yet had their hip revised; (ii) believe they have already forfeited their rights by not registering or enrolling in the program; or (iii) whose claims need to be evaluated to determine whether they are appropriate for the program. We also believe that there are many patients who have not been told of the recall, or have been led into a false sense of security that their Stryker hip will not have to be removed. These patients may have meritorious claims as well and are in need of legal counsel.

The statute of limitations is rapidly approaching for some of these patients. If you know of anyone who has a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip implant, please contact or ask the patient to directly contact Ben Zimmermann or Stephen Sugarman at 617-542-1000 or e-mail bzimmermann@sugarman.com or ssugarman@sugarman.com.