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Vonachen, Lawless, Trager & Slevin has grown from a firm of two lawyers in 1958 to a firm of fourteen lawyers currently. We have grown because of our reputation for quality work, our extensive knowledge of the law, and an innovative and team-oriented approach to solving legal problems.

During the time we have been serving and advising clients throughout central Illinois, our lawyers have developed concentrations in many areas of law. We consistently try to listen to clients, identify their legal needs, and promptly, professionally, and reasonably meet those needs. We will respond to your calls, answer your questions, and work on your problems in a competent and cost-effective way.

After over fifty years, we are large enough to address virtually every legal problem you may have, yet small enough to know you personally and to respond to your legal needs. We are proud to be lawyers and proud of our firm. We would be honored to have you as a client.

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On Monday, November 3, Attorney Michael Waters announced a global settlement of the Stryker litigation. The announcement came after Waters participated in a telephonic hearing with presiding Judge Brian Martinotti and the leadership of the plaintiffs’ and defense teams.

The fundamental point of the agreement is that Stryker will be paying $300,000 to victims who have undergone surgical revision. The base award for bilateral revisions is $600,000. There are multiple enhanced awards for victims who experienced certain specific complications. The maximum enhancements, excluding heart attack, stroke, death and lost wages, is $550,000 for a total per hip maximum (except for exclusions) of $850,000. There is also a mechanism for reductions in certain circumstances. A claims administrator has been appointed, and there is a procedure for appeals.

Key dates include registration by December 14, 2014 and enrollment by January 16, 2015. Claims submission begins on January 16, 2015 with a deadline of March 2, 2015. Stryker will retain “walk away” rights if too few plaintiffs enroll. The deadline for Stryker to exercise their “walk away” right is June of 2015; claims funding is expected to begin on that date. The deadline for enrollment for enhanced awards is June of 2016.

Stryker recipients who have not yet filed a claim should be aware of the deadlines and can contact Attorney Waters for a free consultation.

The agreement contains provisions for Rejuvenate and ABG II recipients who have not yet undergone revisions. Waters said that the agreement was historic, in that the claims were settled promptly, without extraordinarily protracted litigation. Further details will be available on this website as soon as they are forthcoming.