Wright Hip Lawsuit Settled over Profemur, Trial Removed from Court Schedule
A Wright hip lawsuit brought by a man who was allegedly forced to undergo revision surgery after his metal implant failed early has been settled for an undisclosed amount in Georgia federal court, according to recent documents.
A Settlement Order was entered in the case on November 7th in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia, a month after it was scheduled to begin trial. Among the claims included in this Wright hip lawsuit are allegations that that the plaintiff was forced to undergo removal surgery just two years after receiving the Profemur hip replacement in September 2009 after the implant’s femoral neck fractured. The trial for this case, which also charged Wright Medical Technology with defectively designing a prototype extraction tool for the implant that made the patient’s complications worse, has since been removed from the Court’s schedule.
Wright Hip Lawsuit Second to Be Settled in 2013
Recent documents indicate that this Wright hip lawsuit was the second to be settled this year after a Joint Notice of Settlement was filed in March over another claim brought to the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. Records indicate that the settlement amount was not disclosed. (Tucker, et ux. v. Wright Medical Technology, Inc., et al., No. 4:11-cv-03086)
With this litigation update, new information about Wright Medical Technology’s Profemur hip replacement has begun to surface over the past year. In April, the company acknowledged its defense in a number of product liability claims over the metal implant in a regulatory filing issued with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Wright also said that last year’s Stryker hip recall of the manufacturer’s Rejuvenate and ABG II devices have heightened concern over cobalt chrome modular-neck products, and may slow sales of the Profemur.
It is noteworthy to add that this metal hip replacement was approved through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s 510(k) clearance program, which allows a medical device to bypass human testing if its manufacturer can prove it to be substantially similar to one already on the market.
The litigation involving Wright Medical Technology’s Conserve hip replacements is also continuing to develop. In the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, at least 80 lawsuits have been filed by patients who allegedly experienced complications stemming from the implant’s metal-on-metal design. The Conserve Total Hip Implant System, Conserve Total A-Class Advanced Metal Hip Implant System, and the Conserve Resurfacing System are involved in this consolidated proceeding.
Wright Medical said in April’s regulatory filing that a number of cases have also been consolidated in California Superior Court for pretrial handling pursuant to procedures of California State Judicial Counsel Coordinated Proceedings.
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