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California Jury Awards $4.5 Million in Defective Hip Implant Suit

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.

As the 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.

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 for updates.

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.