Wright Hip Lawsuit Granted Class Action Status in Canada, Where 630 Profemur Fractures Have Been Reported
A Nova Scotia man whose Wright hip lawsuit alleges injuries caused by the Profemur replacement was recently chosen to serve as lead plaintiff in a class action case against its manufacturer.
According to a CBC News report on March 12th, the metal hip he received from Wright Medical Technology failed after just two years, and had to be removed due to a fracture. This Wright hip lawsuit, which points out that synthetic hips are made to last up to 25 years, received class action certification in August after attorneys for the plaintiff appeared before a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge.
Wright Hip Lawsuit Alleges Negligent Design, Marketing of Profemur
Among other things, Wright Medical Technology is accused of negligence in the “design, development, testing, manufacture, distribution, marketing and sale” of the Profemur, which may have failed early in a number of individuals. A lawyer for the plaintiff in this case says his Firm has heard from 29 other individuals in Canada who received Wright metal hips, 15 of which alleging premature device failure. At least 630 fractures of the Profemur have also been reported in the country, attorneys point out.
“We understand that the product may have been used quite frequently in Ottawa and in Edmonton,” he said. “And there may be other hospitals that have used the product as well.”
The Wright lawyer adds that he would like to see the class action suit go to trial in 2015, at which time claimants may each receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages if it is successful.
Plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits against Wright Medical Technology in the U.S. allege hip pain, fretting and corrosion, breakage, symptoms associated with metallosis (metal ion poisoning) and other adverse tissue reactions. They also similarly point to findings from the Australian National Joint Replacement Registry in 2009 that 11.2 percent of Profemur recipients may experience hip failure within the first three years of implantation.
Court documents show that one such case was resolved in December 2013, right before it was scheduled to head to trial in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia. That previous March, another Wright hip lawsuit was settled in California federal court.
According to court records, more than 70 Wright lawsuits over its Conserve implant have been filed in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia. Claimants in these cases allege similar injuries from the metal-on-metal hip.
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If you were injured by the Wright Profemur hip replacement, you may be eligible to file a claim. Call our Firm today at (877) 779-1414.