$240 Million Could Settle Hundreds of Wright Hip Lawsuits
Wright Medical Technologies, Inc. has agreed to settle hundreds of hip replacement lawsuits for $240 million, including those involving its metal-on-metal Conserve hip line. According to a statement issued by the company, 95% of those eligible for the proposed Wright hip settlement must agree to its terms before it can go into effect
In addition to Conserve hips, the settlement will apply to those who have filed lawsuits involving Lineage or Dynasty hip implants. To take part in the accord, plaintiffs must have undergone revision surgery within eight years of their initial hip replacement procedure, and their lawsuit must have been filed within the applicable statute of limitations. Recipients of the Conserve Cup can receive $170,000, while those who had the metal-liner Dynasty and Lineage devices will be eligible to receive $120,000.
“This settlement addresses approximately 85 percent of the known U.S. revision claims that do not have potential statute of limitations issues and removes a great deal of the uncertainty that has been associated with this litigation,” Wright Medical CEO Robert Palmisano said in a statement.
According to Law360.com, hundreds of additional Wright hip lawsuit plaintiffs not eligible for this settlement program could eventually be included in any subsequent accords.
Per RXInjuryhelp.com, federal lawsuits involving Wright Conserve hip implants have been consolidated in a federal multidistrict litigation underway in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia. The settlement agreement would also apply to cases included in a Judicial Council Coordination Proceeding in California’s Los Angeles Superior Court.
Wright Hip Allegations
Plaintiffs allege that the metal-on-metal hips at the center of the Wright Medical litigation can shed dangerous amounts of toxic metal ions, resulting in adverse local tissue reactions, premature device failure and other health complications. The first federal trial of a Wright Conserve hip lawsuit concluded last November in the Northern District of Georgia, with an $11 million award for the plaintiff. However, the verdict was later reduced to $2 million.
In January 2013, the U.S Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned that metal debris shed by all-metal hips can damage the bone and/or soft tissue surrounding the implant and joint. Metal ions from these devices cans also enter the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body, where they may cause additional symptoms or illnesses. The FDA has advised doctors to consider metal ion testing if metal-on-metal hip patients are experiencing symptoms of premature device failure.
Hip Lawsuit Reviews
Bernstein Liebhard LLP continues to offer free legal reviews to victims of defective hip implants. To learn more, please call 877-779-1414.