Wright Medical Technology manufactures the Conserve Cup, a metal-on-metal hip implant that has been linked to metal poisoning, premature failure, and other complications.
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$240M Settlement in Wright Hip Implant Lawsuits
In November 2016, Wright Medical Technology agreed to pay a $240 million settlement to end about 2,000 lawsuits involving metal-on-metal hip implants. Nearly 1,300 people who needed revision surgery within 8 years are eligible for the biggest payouts. Up to $170,000 could be awarded to people injured by the Conserve Cup.
Jury Awards $11 Million in 1st Wright Conserve Trial
The first “bellwether” trial involving the Wright Conserve hip implant has ended in an $11 million jury verdict in favor of a former ski instructor who needed revision surgery when the implant failed after less than six years. In April 2016, a judge in Georgia slashed the verdict to just $2 million, partly because he thought Wright was trying to help patients by marketing metal-on-metal hip implants to younger and more physically-active people.
Wright Conserve Hip Replacement Lawsuits in Federal Court
As of October 2013, at least 75 lawsuits involving the Wright Conserve hip replacement have been filed in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia under District Court Judge William S. Duffey, Jr. Plaintiffs in the litigation allege that the Conserve is defectively designed and caused personal injury.
Dozens of lawsuits have been filed, but they are not part of a Wright Conserve class action. Instead, they are individual lawsuits filed in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) by people who hired an attorney.
Wright Conserve MDL is located here:
- In re: Wright Medical Technology, Inc., Conserve Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2329
What is the Wright Conserve?
Wright Medical Technology received approval for the Conserve in 2003. Instead of conducting rigorous safety tests, they submitted a 510(k) application claiming the Conserve was “substantially equivalent” to other metal-on-metal hip implants. Unfortunately, many of these all-metal hips have been linked to unacceptably high rates of failure.
Types of devices in Wright Conserve hip implant lawsuits:
- Conserve Total Hip Implant System
- Conserve Plus Total Resurfacing Hip System
- Conserve Femoral Hip Surface Replacement
- Conserve Total A-Class Advanced Metal Hip Implant System
- Conserve Resurfacing System
What is the problem with Wright Conserve Hip?
The problem with the Wright Conserve hip implant is that it has a metal-on-metal design. This means that a metal femoral head pivots inside a metal cup, like a “ball-and-socket.” In some cases, friction can cause toxic particles of metal to accumulate in a patient’s body. Local tissue reactions may include pain, swelling, inflammation, bone loss, and soft-tissue growths. Systemic reactions may include blood poisoning and metallosis. Patients who develop these complications may require revision surgery.
FDA Reviewing Safety of Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements
In June 2012, the FDA warned that metal-on-metal implants are not superior to plastic or ceramic devices, and they have additional risks. Many experts recommend that people who have pain or other problems should undergo medical exams, including blood tests and X-rays.
Side Effects of a Wright Hip Replacement
- Hip pain
- Problems standing or walking
- Loosening of the hip joint
- Metal poisoning (metallosis)
- Metal sensitivity
- Hip revision surgery
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