A Wright Profemur Hip Replacement lawsuit filed in California federal court is being prepped for a trial next month.  Attorneys for both sides in the Wright Profemur lawsuit recently filed  a Joint Pretrial Statement with the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California agreeing not to make mention of any other hip case now at trial, or mention of other cases filed  against Wright Medical Technologies  or other device manufacturers.  The agreement specifically states that the parties will make no mention of Kransky v. Depuy Inc, a trial now underway in Los Angeles Superior Court that involves the recalled DePuy ASR hip implant.

Wright Profemur Hip Replacement Lawsuit Allegations

The Wright Profemur Total Hip System consists of metal hip stems and total hip replacement systems.   The Profemur’s modular neck stem component was designed so that its length could be adjusted to account for a patient’s leg length.  However, a growing number of Wright Profemur hip lawsuits allege this feature can cause the neck stem to break, fracture, fret, or corrode, resulting in hip replacement failure.  While a hip implant should last for at least 15 years, data obtained 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.

The Wright Profemur lawsuit heading to trial in California was filed on behalf of a hip implant recipient who received several Wright components in his right hip during total hip replacement surgery in 2006, including a long neck combined with a Profemur Plasma-Z Stem.  In 2007, he underwent total hip replacement in his left hip, at which time he received a Profemur long neck.  In 2010, the right hip fractured while the plaintiff was walking outside his home, resulting in a revision of his hip replacement.   According to the Wright Pofemur lawsuit, examination of the retrieved hip indicated the long neck fractured due to fretting, corrosion and fatigue.

Jury selection in the California Wright hip lawsuit is scheduled to begin on March 29th, with Opening Statements to start on April 1.  According to the Joint Statement, the parties expect that each side will need 30 hours to present their case.  The Wright Profemur hip replacement lawsuit seeks damages for Failure to Warn-Negligence and Failure to Warn–Strict Liability, as well as Defective Design–Negligence, Defective Design–Strict Liability and Manufacturing Defect-Strict Liability.  The plaintiff’s wife is also seeking damages for Loss of Consortium.

Wright Conserve Hip Replacement Lawsuits

In addition to Wright Profemur lawsuits, Wright Medical Technologies is also facing product liability claims involving the Wright Conserve hip implants,  including the Wright Conserve Total Hip Implant System, Conserve Total A-Class Advanced Metal Hip Implant System, and the Conserve Resurfacing System.   At least 40 Wright Conserve hip lawsuits are currently pending in a multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia.

The Wright Conserve is a metal-on-metal hip implant, a class of devices that have come under scrutiny amid concerns that they can shed dangerous amounts of metal ions into the tissue surrounding the joint, as well as a patient’s blood stream.  In January, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned that metal debris released by all-metal hips can damage the bone and/or soft tissue surrounding the implant and joint. Some of the metal ions released will enter the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body, where they may cause additional symptoms or illnesses, the agency said.

Learn More about Wright Hip Lawsuits

Patients who suffered from complications or hip replacement failure after receiving a Wright Profemur or Conserve hip implant may be entitled to file a Wright hip lawsuit to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.  To learn more about filing a Wright Profemur lawsuit or a claim related to the Wright Conserve hip implant, please contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP today by call 1-877-779-1414.

Published March 5, 2013 by