A growing number of hip replacement patients are reporting serious problems with their Wright PROFEMUR® Hip System implants. Manufactured by Wright Medical, Inc., the Wright PROFEMUR® Total Hip System is a modular implant, comprised of a femoral stem, modular neck, and femoral head, mated with an artificial acetabular cup.
Evolving evidence in the USA has revealed that certain models of the modular neck may suddenly and without warning break a few short years after implant. According to data reported to the Australian Orthopaedic Association, the early failure rate of the Wright Medical PROFEMUR® may be as high as 11.2% – well above industry averages.
To date there have been hundreds of reports of modular neck fractures of the Wright Medical PROFEMUR® Hip System made to the U.S. Food and Drug Agency (FDA). Given the nature, time and location of these reports, it would appear the problem is not related to a single “lot” of devices. Based on Wright Medical’s published marketing information, there may be as many as 100,000 similar modular necks implanted to date.
There are numerous models of Wright Medical modular necks, all of different angles and lengths. Further investigations carried out by Burg Simpson’s team of defective medical device lawyers has revealed that individuals fitted with “long” necks, and weighing over 230 pounds, and with an active lifestyle have experienced a higher rate of failure than others implanted with these devices.
If you or a loved one has experienced serious pain or required corrective surgery following the failure of a Wright Medical artificial hip implant, you may be entitled to compensation.
It is important that you contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. If you wait, evidence that could help establish your case may be lost, damaged, or even destroyed. In addition, statutes of limitations put strict time limits in place by which lawsuits must be filed. These time limits vary depending on the state in which you live.
The nation’s first trial involving a Wright hip implant lawsuit concluded on June 11th, after a California jury awarded $4.5 million to the plaintiffs in a case involving complications associated with the Profemur hip replacement. According to court documents filed in the Superior Court of California (Case No. BC475958), Los Angeles County, the jury agreed that the Profemur device contained a manufacturing defect, and found that Wright Medical Technology, Inc. was negligent in designing the implant. The Profemur recipient was awarded $4 million for past and future pain and mental suffering, while his wife was awarded $500,000.
Court documents indicate that this case was among 12,000 Wright hip lawsuits currently pending in U.S. courts, all of which were filed on behalf of individuals who allegedly experienced premature failures of Profemur or Conserve hip replacements. The plaintiff claimed in his lawsuit that laser etchings on his Profemur hip replacement made the device brittle and prone to fracture, causing it to snap just three years after it had been implanted. He has since undergone 14 surgeries due to dislocations and infection, and will need to have his current artificial hip replaced in the near future.
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