A Los Angeles jury recently awarded $4.5 million in a lawsuit involving
a faulty hip implant. The jury found that Wright Medical Technology Inc.’s
Profemur R was defective in its manufacturing and caused the plaintiff
to suffer serious pain when it broke apart.
National Journal reports, the jury specifically found that a laser etching used to make the hip
implant caused it to fracture inside the plaintiff’s body, which
required several additional surgeries. Wright Medical faces more than
1,000 lawsuits over its hip implants. While some involve the Profemur,
the majority of the cases involve the device maker’s metal-on-metal
Conserve hip implants. The high jury verdict is expected to help plaintiffs
in product liability suits involving both devices.
As we have previously discussed on this San Diego Injury Blog, hip implants
can cause serious pain and damage to the surrounding tissue when they
fail. According to an independent review by Consumer Union, all major
manufacturers of knee and hip implants have recalled a product or a line
of products for defects over the past ten years. Most defects require
a revision surgery to remove or replace the device.
Metal-on-metal implants are particularly prone to dangerous defects. As
the device breaks down, tiny metal particles may enter into the space
around the implant, harming the surrounding tissue. Some of the metal
ions from the metal implant or from the metal particles may even get into
the bloodstream and cause illnesses in other parts of the body, including
the heart, nervous system, and thyroid gland.
Given the risks to patients, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is currently
investigating the sufficiency of existing regulations and approval processes
governing these medical devices. We encourage our readers to stay tuned
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a dangerous or
defective medical device, don’t hesitate to
contacta San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.