Wright Medical Technology has been denied its bid to overturn the verdict in the first federal trial involving its metal-on-metal Conserve hip replacement. In a decision handed down on Monday, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the $2.1 million judgment awarded to a former ski instructor who sustained severe tissue damage following the failure of her Conserve hip.

The case was part of a multidistrict litigation established in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, that involved  Wright Medical’s Conserve Total Hip Implant System, Conserve Total A-Class Advanced Metal Hip Implant System, and  Conserve Resurfacing System. The plaintiff in question had received her Conserve hip in 2006. In 2012, she underwent revision surgery after being diagnosed with a loose and displaced acetabular cup. During the procedure, her doctor discovered that she had developed metallosis at the site of the implant, resulting in damage to soft tissue.

The case concluded in November 2015, with the jury awarding the Plaintiff $11 million after finding that her Conserve hip was defectively designed, unreasonably dangerous, and  defective. However, the trial court ultimately reduced the jury’s $10 million punitive award to $1 million. The case was considered a bellwether trial, and was expected to provide insight into how juries might rule in other Conserve hip lawsuits. (Case No. No. 13-00297)

Wright Hip Relacement Settlement

In November 2016, Wright Medical agreed to pay $240 million to settle around 1,300 lawsuits involving its Conserve, Dynasty and Lineage implants. According to RXInjuryHelp.com , the settlement agreement applied to Wright Hip Patients who needed revision surgeries within 8 years of their initial hip replacement, and who had filed their cases within their state’s applicable statute of limitations. Under its terms, eligible Conserve hip patients  would receive  $170,000, while those who had the metal-liner Dynasty and Lineage devices would receive $120,000.

Bernstein Liebhard LLP has represented numerous plaintiffs in lawsuits involving Wright hip implants and other hip replacement devices. If you experienced serious complications due to the premature failure of an artificial hip, please contact our office today at 877-779-1414 to learn more about your legal rights.

Published March 21, 2017 by