Federal Georgia Judge Allows Design Defect, Failure to Warn Claims to Move Forward in Wright Hip Lawsuit
A man in Georgia who allegedly sustained injuries caused by a metal hip implant has been allowed by a federal judge to move forward with his Wright hip lawsuit, according to court records.
As per an Order issued October 11th in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia, the Plaintiff will be able to pursue certain design defect claims over the Wright Profemur hip replacement, and an extraction device used to remove its fractured femoral component. The case alleges Wright’s failure to warn about the side effects that may stem from the metal hip replacement, which was designed defectively. (Courson, et ux. v. Wright Medical Technology, Inc., No. 5:12-cv-173)
Court documents filed on October 22nd by Wright Medical indicate that the company is seeking to limit the testimony of the Plaintiff’s treating physician in this case, stating that he should only be permitted to speak about topics inside the realm of his surgical specialty. He should not be allowed to offer opinions about cardiac, psychiatric and pulmonary matters, according to records.
Wright Hip Lawsuits over Conserve Implant Continuing to Rise in Federal Georgia Litigation
Although Wright Medical Group has not disclosed the exact number of cases filed against the Profemur, the company did acknowledge its involvement in claims over the metal hip in a regulatory filing issued in April. Plaintiffs involved in Wright hip lawsuits over the Profemur allege injuries caused by the fracturing of the titanium modular-neck hip implant. Court documents filed in March in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California indicate that one case settlement involving the device has been reached.
The number of Wright lawsuits over the company’s Conserve implant is continuing to rise, however. There are now 74 federally-filed claims involving the Conserve Total Hip Implant System, Conserve Total A-Class Advanced Metal Hip Implant System, and the Conserve Resurfacing System now pending in a federal multidistrict litigation established in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia. (In re: Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2329)
At the state court level, additional Wright Conserve hip lawsuit claims, which similarly allege its potential to fret, corrode, cause breakage, hip pain and metallosis have also been consolidated in a California state proceeding.
Filing a Wright Hip Lawsuit
Contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to file a Wright hip lawsuit over the Conserve or Profemur metal hip implant. The Firm is offering free case reviews at (877) 779-1414.