According to statistics, hip replacement procedures are performed on more than 500,000 patients in the U.S. each year. While many individuals experience increased mobility in the aftermath of a hip replacement, others have suffered from increased pain, difficulty moving or standing, and other complications. Wright Medical Technology is now facing lawsuits filed on behalf of plaintiffs who claim they were required to undergo additional procedures to remove or replace an allegedly defective hip replacement device.
Contact Attorney Group for Iowa today to learn more about your rights if you or someone you love was fitted with a device included in the Wright Conserve line of hip replacement implants and you experienced injuries or complications. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your situation, you may be eligible to seek compensation by filing an Iowa Wright Conserve lawsuit against the manufacturer.
What is the Wright Conserve Hip System?
According to reports, more than 200 adverse event reports were submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since the Wright Conserve line of hip replacement devices was first introduced in the U.S. As a result, plaintiffs throughout the country began to file lawsuits against the manufacturer, claiming that the hip implants were defective and were likely to fail earlier than expected. Only one other all-metal hip implant was found to have worse revision rates, according to the National Joint Registry for England and Wales: the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement device.
According to the manufacturer, the Wright Conserve hip replacement line includes three separate hip implants. Each are made of four all-metal components, including a femoral head, a Conserve cup, a femoral stem, and a modular neck. The devices are:
- Conserve Total A-Class Advanced Metal with BFH Technology Hip System
- Conserve Total Hip System with BFH Technology
- Conserve Femoral Surface Replacement
As is the case with other all-metal implants, the Wright Conserve line of devices includes a metal ball and a metal femoral cup. According to plaintiffs who are pursuing claims for compensation from the manufacturer, these two components may rub together, causing shards of cobalt and chromium to be released into the patient’s bloodstream. As a result, a patient may experience:
- Biologic toxicity
- Metallosis, or metal poisoning
- Tissue death
- Early device failure
In February 2011, all pending federal lawsuits pertaining to the Wright Conserve line of hip replacement devices were transferred to the Northern District of Georgia for consolidated pretrial proceedings. Claims against the manufacturer allege that the design of the device and its all-metal components caused patients to suffer from metal poisoning and early failure of the implant. If you were required to undergo additional surgical procedures to correct complications caused by a Wright Conserve hip implant, consider seeking legal counsel today to learn more about filing an Iowa Wright Conserve lawsuit.
Contact Us Regarding Your Potential Iowa Wright Conserve Lawsuit
If you or someone you love has been injured because of a Wright Conserve hip implant and you would like to learn more about filing an Iowa Wright Conserve lawsuit, contact Attorney Group for Iowa today. We can answer your questions, address your concerns, and help you determine if you are eligible to file an Iowa Wright Conserve lawsuit. We can also connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process. Call today.