The defective medical device attorneys at Pogust Millrood have seen firsthand the physical, financial and emotional damage a patient and his or her family can suffer due to a substandard hip implant.
WRIGHT HIP IMPLANT ATTORNEYS
How We Can Help
We believe that patients should not be injured by the very medical devices that were supposed to relieve pain. If you or a loved one has a Wright hip implant that has failed, you may have a legal claim against the manufacturer, and we can help you pursue compensation for the damages that you have sustained as a result of these unsafe hip replacement devices.
We have a record of success in challenging defective product cases, and we work hard to achieve the best results for our clients. In addition to cases in the Philadelphia area, we are prepared to handle Wright medical hip replacement claims on behalf of clients throughout the country. We would like to meet with you to discuss your case. We invite you to contact us today at 888-348-6787 or by filling out our contact form.
The Purpose of Hip Replacements
The Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics provides data from the National Hospital Discharge Survey on hip replacements from 2000-2010, which revealed that the number of hip replacements performed in the U.S. has increased substantially and the procedure has become more common in younger people. People who experience frequent pain in their hip and notice a limited ability to engage in ordinary, everyday activities often find that a hip replacement restores their quality of life. Common causes of hip damage include osteoarthritis, injuries, fractures, bone tumors, rheumatoid arthritis and osteonecrosis.
A hip replacement removes a damaged hip joint and replaces it with an artificial one. While traditional hip implants are made of one single metal piece which fits into a socket, modular hip replacement systems with metal-on-metal components offer a more precise fit for each patient. But many hip implant recipients have reported debilitating injuries and substantial pain and suffering related to Wright Medical Technology’s CONSERVE line of metal hip implants and its Profemur Z Hip Stem.
Types of Faulty Hip Implants and Replacements
The CONSERVE hip implants have metal components that can rub against each other and cause tiny metal particles to be released, entering the soft tissue around the implant as well as the bloodstream. Patients may experience severe inflammation, infections, tissue damage, pseudotumors, implant loosening, loss of mobility and a form of metal poisoning called metallosis. The Profemur Z Stem is also under scrutiny because it is allegedly prone to fracture and early failure, causing patients to undergo revision surgery, complete with extensive recovery time. Although there has not been a recall on the Wright hip products, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports of more than 200 adverse events of device failures, severe pain in the hip and groin, loosening and high metal toxicity in the blood.
In June of 2015, the first Wright hip failure lawsuit to go to trial ended with a $4.5 million jury award. The plaintiff claimed that his Wright Profemur R hip replacement broke just three years after it was implanted — instead of lasting 15 to 20 years like it was supposed to. After a two-week trial, a jury found that the device was defective and awarded $4 million for past and future pain and suffering and $500,000 to the plaintiff’s wife for loss of consortium. More than 1,200 other patients across the country have filed a Wright hip lawsuit against the manufacturer, all involving similar claims of negative side effects.
WRIGHT PRO FEMUR AND CONSERVE PLUS HIP SYSTEMS
The Wright Pro Femur and Conserve Plus hip replacement systems have been associated with reports of early failure and femoral neck fracture. The Conserve Plus is a metal-on-metal hip, which may release metal particles into the hip joint and surrounding tissue, resulting in a condition called metallosis.
Hundreds of adverse event reports have been submitted by Wright Conserve hips, and according to data from the 2008 annual report issued by the Australian National Joint Replacement Registry, the Wright Profemur Hip had a cumulative revision rate of 11.2% at three years. This particular hip device has a modular stem with two parts, which was expected to improve efficacy, but seems to be failing at an unacceptable rate. These types of devices are supposed to last 15 years.
The Wright Conserve Cup is similar in design to the DePuy ASR Cup, which was recalled in August 2010, after reports of numerous failures. It has been suggested that both devices are prone to early failure and metallosis.
In similar circumstances involving other hip implants, the FDA has issued mandatory recalls. In fact, the FDA’s adverse event reporting database indicates that there have been 10 failures of the Pro Femur Z Stem.
A 2011 lawsuit filed against Wright claimed that the Wright Profemur hip broke during regular activity and required painful revision surgery three years following its implant. According to the suit, the hip implant is designed to be adjusted according to the patient’s leg length, thereby allowing the system to bend easily. However, this feature also seems to be the cause of the increased risk of failure. The Wright Profemur Total Hip System includes the Conserve Plus, Cup, the Conserve Total Femoral Head, the Wright Modular Femoral Neck and the Profemur E Cementless Stem.
Are You Concerned About Your Hip Replacement?
If you have received a hip implant in the last few years, you should contact your doctor to determine the model of your implant. This should be done even if you are not presently experiencing any negative side effects, because serious problems could arise at any time. If it turns out that you are, in fact, depending on a potentially defective hip implant, or if you have already suffered a hip implant failure that required additional hip replacement surgery, take action to protect your rights. Contact one of our experienceddefective medical device lawyers today.
At Pogust Millrood, our team of attorneys can help you recover damages for the pain, suffering, and medical costs that you have sustained as a result of these unsafe hip replacement devices. We have extensive experience representing clients who have suffered after misplacing their trust in negligent companies that produce harmful products. Contact us by calling 888-348-6787 or by filling out our contact form.