Howmedica Osteonics Corp., a subsidiary of Stryker Corporation, has agreed to settle the litigation over its Rejuvenate Modular-Neck hip stem and ABG II Modular-Neck hip stem devices. As reported by ABC News, Stryker has agreed to pay $1.43 billion to settle approximately four thousand lawsuits that are currently pending in New Jersey state court and federal court in Minnesota.

Plaintiffs alleged that Stryker sold defective hips that corroded in patients’ bodies and caused illness, including pain and swelling in the tissue around the implant. Some plaintiffs experienced muscle, nerve and bone damage within several years of the implant as metallic “dust” was released from the devices and absorbed into neighboring tissue. The company voluntarily recalled the defective implants in July 2012 after warning surgeons about the risks associated with the devices.

If you or a loved one has experienced any injury from the use of a Stryker Rejuvenate or ABG II hip replacement device, please contact Stark & Stark and speak to one of the Mass Tort attorneys, free of charge, who can help assess any claims that you might have against Stryker.