Sunday, February 9, 2014

Biomet Settlement for Metal on Metal Hip Cases

 Shezad Malik MD JD
February 4, 2014 8:08 PM

Biomet Orthopedics the manufacturer of a line of metal on  metal hips, announced a global settlement late yesterday, involving the hundreds of defective hip claims.
The agreement settles Biomet M2a Magnum hip lawsuits brought in the federal court system. Biomet agreed to pay $56 million to resolve lawsuits alleging that design problems with the metal-on-metal implant caused patients to undergo hip revision surgery.

1,000 Biomet Defective Hip Claims
There are about 1,000 product liability lawsuits pending against Biomet in the federal court system. The lawsuits allege that folks experienced early failure and elevated metal ion poisoning known as metallosis, with Biomet M2a 38 or Biomet M2a Magnum hip replacements. Unfortunately many patients had to undergo painful revisions and lengthy rehabilitation.

Biomet Federal MDL Settlement
The federal litigation has been centralized and coordinated in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana as part of an MDL, or Multidistrict Litigation.
According to Judge Miller,  who is coordinating the MDL, a settlement agreement has been reached to resolve all cases where folks have required revision surgery. Biomet has agreed to pay a base amount of $200,000 to each claimant, with other clinical factors affecting the individual allocation for each case.

Biomet Settlement Inclusion Criteria
The Biomet hip settlement will apply to each case filed on or before April 15, 2014. plaintiffs who have not undergone revision surgery are excluded from the settlement. But, if those patients do get their implants removed, they may then be eligible to take part in the settlement agreement.
There at least 237 non-revision cases currently pending in the MDL, according to court documents

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