Attorney Group Notes Court Approval of Biomet Hip Replacement Settlement and Discusses Impact on Present and Future Claims
The American Injury Attorney Group (AIAG) notes Court approval of a settlement of claims brought by recipients of metal-on-metal hip replacement systems supplied by medical device manufacturer Biomet, Inc.
Nationwide (PRWEB) February 04, 2014
The American Injury Attorney Group has previously noted issues with the Biomet M2a hip replacement system and discussed the complications involved, and now announces the Biomet hip replacement settlement. The settlement agreement, approved by Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana in case no. 3:12-MD-2391, applies to all patients who filed lawsuits after undergoing revision surgery of their Biomet M2a 38 or M2a Magnum hip replacement systems. Under the terms of the settlement, Biomet agrees to pay a base award of $200,000 to claimants subject to various terms and conditions that will impact the compensation ultimately received. Bilateral revision cases, involving claimants who received two Biomet hip replacements with two subsequent hip revision surgeries, will be treated as independent cases under the settlement agreement. The settlement agreement applies to all pending Biomet MDL cases, in addition to any state court claims. Any cases filed in state or federal court prior to April 15, 2014 that comply with certain notice requirements may also participate in the settlement agreement.
The settlement agreement contains numerous provisions that must be followed in order for a claimant to fully participate in the Biomet hip replacement settlement. Additionally, certain procedural mechanisms have been put in place to determine what compensation, if any, will be paid on a given claim. Many deadlines apply that must be met under the terms of the settlement agreement.
Due to the complex nature of the terms and requirements of the Biomet hip replacement settlement, as well as the fact that claims filed before April 15, 2004 are eligible to participate in the settlement, AIAG recommends that any patient who has suffered complications after receiving a Biomet M2a 38 or M2a Magnum hip replacement system contact a Biomet hip replacement attorney to learn more information regarding his or her legal rights.
While the Biomet hip replacement settlement states that a person does not need a lawyer to participate in the program, those who have suffered injury as a result of a defective Biomet M2a 38 or Magnum hip replacement or the resulting revision surgery are strongly encouraged to seek the advice of an attorney prior to deciding whether to participate in the Biomet hip replacement settlement program. Some claims may value in excess of the $200,000 amount to be paid under the terms of the settlement. Moreover, even though future claims have not specifically been barred under this settlement, future litigation or state statutes of limitation may prevent your ability to pursue compensation in the future. An experienced Biomet hip replacement attorney can assist you in determining your rights and the best course of action for you to take in light of the announced settlement agreement.
About the American Injury Attorney Group
The American Injury Attorney Group seeks to raise awareness of potential claims for victims of personal injury, inform individuals of their option to seek legal advice when evaluating claims, and to connect persons wishing to receive legal advice with experienced attorneys who are capable of handling their claims. Contact the American Injury Attorney Group for more information.
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