Wright Medical Technology, Inc. was dealt a stunning setback last week, after the jury hearing the first federal bellwether trial of a Wright Conserve hip lawsuit found that the all-metal device was defectively designed. In doing so, jurors opted to award $11 million in damages to a woman who experienced the failure of her Conserve Hip Replacement just six years after the device was implanted.

Wright Medical Technology Demonstrated “Reckless Indifference”

The lawsuit was one of more than 500 product liability claims involving the Wright Conserve hi implant that have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation now underway in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia. As the proceeding’s first bellwether trial, the case was intended to provide insight into how other juries might rule in similar lawsuits.

“We’re hopeful that this will be a springboard to a global resolution,” the Plaintiff’s attorney told Law360.com after the jury delivered its November 24th verdict. “In picking this particular bellwether case, everybody, including the court, was trying to find a middle-of-the-road case. It wasn’t a strong plaintiff’s case, it wasn’t a strong defense case. This gives a pretty good understanding of what a reasonable jury is likely to award in these cases.”

The Plaintiff at the center of this case received a Wright Conserve hip in April 2006, after being advised by her doctors – who relied on information supplied by Wright Medical Technology – that its metal-on-metal design was superior to other configurations. She began experiencing pain in October 2012, and underwent surgery to fix what was thought to be a loose component. But during the procedure, her doctor discovered that soft tissue surrounding the hip had been damaged by the toxic metal shed from the device.

The verdict followed two weeks of testimony, with the jury awarding the Plaintiff $1 million in compensatory damages, along with $10 million in punitive damages. It took the panel three days of deliberations to determine that the Conserve hip was  defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous. Jurors also found that Wright Medical had made negligent misrepresentations regarding the implant, and had demonstrated a knowing and reckless indifference to the rights of others.

Wright Hip Lawsuit Reviews

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is representing a number of Wright hip lawsuit plaintiffs and continues to offer free legal reviews to individuals harmed by the Conserve implant, as well as the Wright Profemur hip replacement. To learn more, please call 1-877-779-1414 to discuss your case with our legal staff.

Published December 1, 2015 by