In the first bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation over alleged defective hip implants, plaintiffs won an $11 million jury verdict against Wright Medical Technology, Inc. The verdict included $1 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages.
Plaintiff Robyn Christiansen received a Wright Medical metal hip replacement device in April 2006 and began experiencing severe pain in her right hip in October 2012. When she underwent surgery to fix the pain, her doctor discovered that her soft tissue had been damaged by the metal implant.
Lawsuits filed by patients against Wright Medical charge that its titanium Profemur hip implants are defective, resulting in widespread patient injuries. Rather than functioning in the intended manner, the complaints allege that the Profemur-Z’s modular titanium neck is prone to fretting, degradation, and fracture. Profemur patient revision lawsuits further charge that Wright Medical knew or should have known that the Profemur-Z modular neck was not safe for patients, yet continued to market and sell the medical device as a more durable product compared to other artificial hip implants.
The case is In re: Wright Medical Technology Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, case number 1:12-md-02329, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Legal Rights of those Injured by Wright Profemur Hip Implants
The law in most states provides individuals with legal claims and the right to compensations for injuries they suffer as a result of a medical device that is defective or fails to perform as advertised.
Patients may file a personal injury lawsuit seeking compensation for their pain and suffering, medical expenses including the cost of replacement surgery, lost past and future wages and punitive damages.