Injured hip implant patients have various legal options when it comes to seeking compensation for their hip implant injuries and losses. While the details of an individual’s case, as well his own wishes, will play a role in determining the best option for a person, in general, people can choose between:
- Filing an individual lawsuit against the manufacturer of the defective hip implant (such as Wright Medical Technology, Stryker Corporation, DePuy Orthopaedics, etc.)
- Joining one of the various multidistrict litigations (MDLs) currently proceeding in a federal court in the U.S.
In this three-part blog, we will take a closer look at what MDLs are and how they can be effective options for seeking compensation for some injured hip implant patients.
If you have questions about hip implant MDLs not answered herein or you simply are ready to learn more about your rights after sustaining hip implant injuries,
don’t hesitate to contact Product Liability and Hip Replace Lawyer George McLaughlin.
What is Multidistrict Litigation?
Multidistrict litigation is a federal legal procedure that is initiated by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) for certain types of complex product liability cases (or other types of cases). According to federal statutes, MDLs are started for “civil actions involving one or more common questions of fact [that] are pending in different districts.”
When MDLs are initiated, all of the cases with similar claims are essentially transferred to a specific, single court to be overseen by one judge. Simply put, the point of having MDLs is to facilitate the pretrial (or discovery) process for hundreds or thousands of very similar cases.
During MDLs, issues that affect all of the claims are resolved. For example, while questions of fact may be resolved and evidence can be shared among plaintiffs, witnesses can be deposed, and other discovery processes can be completed, effectively allowing all of the plaintiffs to benefit from a single pretrial evidence-gathering process.
While MDLs can help relieve the courts’ caseloads, they can also save costs for plaintiffs, defendants and the courts alike.
Be sure to check out the upcoming second and third parts of this blog for some additional important information about MDLs for hip implant lawsuits.
Product Liability & Hip Replacement Lawyer George McLaughlin: Experience You CAN Trust
George McLaughlin, a partner of the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C., has more than thirty years of experience handling product liability claims at the national level. His focus on modular neck fracture cases makes him the go-to attorney in the United States for these claims. The unique circumstances surrounding this product make it difficult and extremely expensive to the client, for an attorney who has not done many of these cases before to successfully handle a modular neck fracture cases.
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