December 1, 2015 — Wright Medical has been ordered to pay $11 million to a woman who was injured by a defective Conserve hip implant that came loose and caused tissue damage.
On November 24, the jury in Atlanta awarded plaintiff Robyn Christiansen $1 million in compensation and $10 million in punitive damages, MassDevice reports.
After a two-week trial, the jury deliberated for three days before reaching a verdict. The case was the first “bellwether” trial out of thousands of claims pending in state and federal court.
More than 550 lawsuits have been consolidated in the U.S. District Court for Northern Georgia. Hundreds more lawsuits have been centralized in state court in Los Angeles. About 2,000 people have filed lawsuits or entered a tolling agreement, according to Law360.
Christiansen, a 73 year-old retired ski instructor from Salt Lake City, was implanted with the Conserve hip implant in April 2006. The implant failed within six years, forcing Christiansen to undergo revision surgery. Surgeons thought they would be replacing a loose component, but during the operation her surgeon found significant tissue necrosis, metallosis, and fluid build-up, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
This is the second major jury verdict against Wright this year. In June, a jury in California ordered the company to pay $4.5 million to a man who needed 14 revision surgeries after his Profemur hip replacement failed early.
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