The Stryker hip replacement lawsuits that eventually led to a $1.4 billion settlement started in court nearly two years ago, according to attorneys who worked the cases. The process involved consolidating the more than 4,500 state and federal Stryker lawsuits alleging that the company released defective metal-on-metal hip replacements.
Many patients had likely been living with Stryker hip implant side effects years prior to the first lawsuits landing in court. The company issued a hip replacement recall for its Stryker Rejuvenate and Stryker ABG II metal hip systems in 2012 after studies showed that the devices were much more likely to fail than alternatives.
The $1.4 billion Stryker hip settlement is one of the largest medical device settlements in U.S. history, and the number could rise as more qualifying patients who received defective devices opt in to the settlement. Stryker hip complications include premature loosening of the hip joint, fretting, corrosion, tissue damage, pain, swelling and toxic levels of metal in the blood stream.