The California jury hearing evidence in the nation’s first Wright Profemur hip replacement trial has ordered the manufacturer of the device to pay $4.5 million to the recipient of a failed implant and his wife. While 9 out of 12 jurors found that Wright Medical Technology had not been negligent in designing the implant, they agreed that it was defective.

Decision First of More than 1,200 Wright Hip Lawsuits

According to documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the June 12th verdict was rendered after two weeks of testimony and just a day of deliberations. The Wright hip replacement in question had fractured just three years after it was implanted, leading to numerous dislocations and infections, as well as more than a dozen additional surgeries. The complaint had blamed the fracture on laser etchings that had been made on the implant to help surgeons with its placement, which the plaintiffs said had caused the device to become weak and break.

For its part, Wright Medical Technology had argued that the problems were caused by the surgeon who implanted the device – a common defense in many hip replacement lawsuits. But in the end, the majority of jurors rejected that argument, and awarded the plaintiff $4 million for past and future pain and suffering, and $500,000 to his wife for loss of consortium.

The case is one of more than 1,200 Wright hip lawsuits currently pending in U.S. courts. Wright Medical has reached settlements in a small number of Profemur claims, including a case that was set to go to trial in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia in December 2013. In March 2013, the company resolved another Profemur case that had been pending in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.

Profemur hip recipients who suffered fractures and other alleged failures of their hip implant may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer of the device. To learn more about filing a Wright Profemur hip lawsuit, please call 1-877-779-1414 for a free review of your claim.

Published June 30, 2015 by