WRIGHT MEDICAL HIP REPLACEMENT LAWSUITS
Despite the promise of improved mobility and quality of life, metal on metal hips, including several implants manufactured by Wright Medical Technology Inc., have created quite the opposite effect. Wright hip implant recipients are now coming forward, alleging that the devices have caused debilitating injuries and substantial pain and suffering. Wright is now facing lawsuits alleging the hip devices led to metallosis (metal toxicity), infections, and bone and tissue damage.
Patients who have been injured by defective hip implants often experience significant pain, along with life-threatening infections and the inability to walk. These injuries are painful and may require several major surgeries. It is also common to develop heart, kidney, neurological, psychological and thyroid problems. These health problems make patients unable to work, leading to trouble meeting their financial obligations and other serious life issues. This has led patients to file lawsuits seeking compensation from Wright.
In these lawsuits, as with other metal on metal hip recipients, patients of Wright’s hip replacement system are alleging that their devices failed prematurely and created the need for revision surgery. It is also alleged that the defective design of metal-on-metal devices from Wright’s ‘Conserve’ product line led to early device failure and the release of metal ions into the body. This happens when the metal components rub against each other and release metal particles into the body.
Wright CONSERVE cases have been consolidated to the U.S. District Court for the North District of Georgia. There are hundreds of cases in this Multi District Litigation (MDL). The following Wright devices are consolidated in the MDL:
• Conserve Femoral Hip Surface Replacement • Conserve Plus Total Resurfacing Hip System • Conserve Total A-Class Advanced Metal • Conserve Total Hip System
There is currently no major settlement program for Wright hips. However, several facts suggest to us that Wright will eventually settle. First, the company has settled at least one case. Second, after a federal investigation that started in 2007, the U.S. government sued Wright Medical for bribing doctors to use their products. Wright Medical agreed to pay $7.9 million in fines in 2011. Third, there have been several verdicts against Wright. In June of 2015, a jury awarded $4.5 million. In November, 2015, a jury awarded $1 million dollars in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages against Wright. The Court subsequently reduced the total amount to $2.1 million, which Wright is appealing. Nevertheless, it is the hope of TheLawFirm.com that Wright begins to settle these cases.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries caused by defective metal on metal hip implants, contact TheLawFirm.com for a free case consultation.
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