Well, maybe it wasn’t - because in the end, the deadline was extended into March of this year. Was it because an insufficient number of plaintiffs had come forward? Or did the corporation hear the cries of lawyers and health advocates that five weeks to spread the message, pulling people away from their Christmas shopping and preparations for Yule to submit applications for compensation, simply wasn’t realistic.
The deadline to enroll in the settlement was originally mid-December. It was then extended to early March, only to be extended again to March 30 of this year.
The deadline, thus, has passed - again. But could it be extended yet again?
Stryker orthopedics metallosis patients without the capacity or opportunity to respond before now, may very well hope for another extension. The stakes are high.
When the Rejuvenate modular hip systems began failing at an unprecedented rate - and for some, introducing metallosis into the bloodstream - the Stryker Orthopedics Rejuvenate Modular Hip System Recall was initiated. Within 18 months of the recall, Stryker had negotiated the $1.45 billion settlement. The devil, of course, is in the details - however, the overall thrust of the settlement required that failures had to have occurred prior to November 3 of last year. A key provision is that the hip(s) would have had to have been replaced through revision surgery prior to that date for plaintiffs to qualify for settlement funding.
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Stryker was originally lauded for initially pulling the trigger on the Stryker Orthopedics Rejuvenate Modular Hip System Recall, then getting the settlement funding in place relatively quickly.
But were they too quick on the deadline? That could be, for some, a $600,000 question…