Many recipients of the Biomet M2a Magnum hip replacement and M2a Acetabular System 38mm (M2a 38) have suffered serious side effects from the implants. Some recipients have had to undergo revision procedures soon after receiving their hip replacements. Because injuries related to a Biomet M2a Magnum or M2a 38 might be due to the manufacturer defectively designing the devices rather than surgical error, it’s possible for recipients to try to hold Biomet accountable for their injuries in civil court.
Biomet Multidistrict Litigation Formed
It’s unclear how many people received a Biomet M2a Magnum or M2a 38, and it’s also not known what the failure rate of these implants are over any given time period. Nevertheless, some recipients are taking legal action against Biomet. In October 2012, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated all federal-level Biomet hip lawsuits into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Northern Indiana before Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. When it began, the Biomet MDL had only eight plaintiffs but by May 2013, the number had risen to 308. In January 2014, the parties in the MDL announced a settlement agreement worth $56 million. The base award is $200,000 per hip, but other factors might raise or lower the final amount.
It is unknown how many state court Biomet hip lawsuits have been filed. It’s possible that some plaintiffs have decided not to take their claims to federal court and prefer to keep their cases in state court. Some states are more generous than others to plaintiffs in product liability cases, and they will allow plaintiffs to prove that their home states are the right venue for their lawsuits. In other circumstances, usually when a company is headquartered in New Jersey, they will use a state analogue to MDL. Because Biomet is located in Indiana, like many other artificial joint manufacturers, it’s unlikely that many cases will go to state court there.
RLG’s Biomet Hip Lawyers Can Help
If you or a loved one received a Biomet hip, and you believe it caused an injury, then you might be able to hold Biomet responsible. The amount of compensation from a Biomet hip replacement lawsuit might include damages for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. To find out if you are eligible, click on this link or call 1-800-624-9568 and a lawyer from the Rottenstein Law Group will reach out to you as soon as possible to give you a complementary, confidential legal consultation.