Wright Medical Technology notified the Court on July 23rd that it is seeking discovery from certain non-parties to the federal litigation of Wright Conserve hip replacement lawsuit filings.

The manufacturer preparing to defend itself in dozens of Wright hip lawsuit filings is seeking discovery from a non-party physician, in addition to one other individual not directly involved in the federal litigation underway in the Northern District of Georgia. (In re: Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2329)

According to recent court documents, Wright Medical Technology notified the Court of this matter on July 23rd, which involves cases over its Wright Conserve hip replacement system. Plaintiffs in lawsuits over the implant allege its metal-on-metal design makes patients susceptible to complications associated with high metal ion levels and early hip failure. Devices included in this litigation include the Wright Conserve Total Hip Implant System, Conserve Total A-Class Advanced Metal Hip Implant System, and the Conserve Resurfacing System. (In re: Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2329)

According to patients allegedly injured by the Wright Conserve, the following side effects may result from use of the artificial hip:

  • metallosis; (metal ion poisoning)
  • biologic toxicity;
  • inflammation;
  • tissue necrosis;
  • infection;
  • pseudotumors;
  • and premature hip replacement failure.

40+ Wright Conserve Hip Replacement Lawsuit Claims Filed in Federal Litigation

As of August 2013, more than 40 Wright Conserve hip lawsuits were pending in the federal proceeding established in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, while several more have been filed in state court.

Wright Medical Group disclosed on April 30th that additional Wright Conserve cases were pending in California Superior Court; many of which consolidated pursuant to procedures of California State Judicial Counsel Coordinated Proceedings.

The manufacturer has also revealed it is facing Wright hip lawsuits that allege injuries from its Profemur hip, which bears similarity to the now-recalled Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stems. The cobalt-chrome design may cause recipients of both products to suffer similar injuries and premature hip failure complications. On March 20, 2013, a Joint Notice of Settlement filed with the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, showed that at least one Wright Profemur hip lawsuit  had been settled.

Did You Receive the Wright Conserve Hip? Contact our Firm to File a Lawsuit.

If you suffered injuries stemming from high metal ion levels in the blood stream after receiving the Wright Conserve hip replacement, you may be eligible to file a claim against the manufacturer. Call Bernstein Liebhard LLP to learn about your legal rights at (877) 779-1414.

Published August 5, 2013 by