Jury Awards $11M in Wright Conserve Hip Implant Trial

A jury has awarded $11 million to a plaintiff who suffered serious injuries after receiving a Wright Conserve hip replacement. The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia jury reached the verdict on November 24, 2015, after two weeks of trial. Affected patients are pursuing claims for compensation against other hip implant device makers with the assistance of a Wright Conserve hip attorney.

If you or a loved one received a hip replacement and suffered complications, contact Attorney Group to learn more about your options. We can answer your questions in a free, no-obligation consultation, and if you have a case, we can connect you with an affiliated hip replacement attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.

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$10 Million In Punitive Damages Against Device Maker

According to harrismartin.com, in the first bellwether trial in the Wright Conserve metal-on-metal hip multi-district litigation, the jury heard how the hip implant had caused the plaintiff to allegedly suffer from metallosis or blood poisoning as a result of the hip replacement. Metallosis is a condition of metal ions coming off of the hip replacement from friction between the metal surfaces and going into the surrounding tissue. The emission of ions in the surrounding tissue can cause the tissue and bone to die.

The plaintiff’s counsel did not ask the jury for a specific amount of money to compensate the plaintiff for pain and suffering, but instead explained how the revision surgery required by the alleged defective product caused her serious physical pain and setbacks in her lifestyle. Counsel for the plaintiff argued that the evidence revealed Wright’s conduct warranted punitive damages to deter device maker Wright Medical Technology Inc. and others, from putting medical products on the market that they allegedly know to be defective, but left the amount necessary for such deterrence up to the jury.

At the end of a two-week trial the jury awarded the plaintiff $1 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages, the website reported.

Injured Patients May be Eligible for Compensation

Device makers have a duty to design and produce safe products, and to warn of possible risks associated with their products. Failure to fulfill that duty can result in injuries to patients, and the device maker being held liable for those injuries.

Patients who are injured by metal-on-metal hip replacements may be entitled to compensation for damages resulting from injuries. Compensation can be based on factors including:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from an injury
  • Loss of income or ability to work due to loss of mobility

If a loved one dies after complications from a metal-on-metal hip implant, family members may be able to pursue claims for wrongful death damages, including:

  • Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one prior to death
  • Loss of financial support
  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish resulting from the loss of a loved one

Affected patients and their families are encouraged to seek the advice of a hip replacement attorney to discuss their legal rights and options for compensation.

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If you or a loved one suffered severe complications from a Wright Conserve or other metal-on-metal hip replacement, contact Attorney Group for more information. You can fill out the form on this page, call us at the number listed at the top of the page, or email us at info@attorneygroup.com.

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