A lawsuit filed by a Wright Profemur hip replacement recipient was settled in March, just days before it was supposed to go to trial in California. The Wright hip settlement was reported in an Order issued on March 20th in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.

The California Wright hip lawsuit was originally filed in San Francisco Superior Court in 2011, but was removed to federal court by Wright Medical Technology. According to the complaint, a Wright Profemur hip replacement the Plaintiff received in 2009 fractured in 2010, forcing him to undergo revision surgery. The Wright hip settlement was announced just days after the federal judge presiding over the case rejected a motion by the defendants to dismiss the lawsuit. Terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.

Wright Profemur Hip Replacement Complications

The Wright Profemur hip replacement features two modular pieces that allow it to be customized to each patient’s leg length. However, a growing number of Wright hip lawsuits allege this design makes  the neck stem prone to breaking, fracture, fretting, or corrosion, resulting in hip replacement failure. Data obtained from the Australian National Joint Replacement Registry in 2009 indicated that the Wright Profemur femoral stems had a revision rate of 11.2% within three years of implantation. Typically, an artificial hip should last for 15 years.

The Wright Profemur hip replacement was brought to market under the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) 510(k) system, which does not require human testing if a device is shown to be “substantially equivalent” in design to a previously approved product. In addition to the case just resolved in California, a number of other Wright hip lawsuits involving the Profemur system are pending in courts throughout the country. In August, Wright Medical Technology reported in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that could face liabilities associated with the Wright Profemur hip replacement lawsuits between $24 million and $39 million.

In the same filing , Wright Medical Technology disclosed that it had received a subpoena from  U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee seeking “records and documentation” for the Profemur hip line.

Help for Victims of Alleged Wright Profemur Hip Complications

Individuals who suffered serious complications associated with the premature failure of a Wright Profemur hip replacement could be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is currently offering free legal consultations to anyone considering filing a Wright hip lawsuit.  To learn more, please contact the Firm today by calling 1-877-779-1414.

Published April 30, 2013 by