After a nearly two-week trial in Los Angeles, the jury found Wright liable for a manufacturing defect on the device, which was implanted in plaintiff Alan Warner. He was awarded $4 million for pain and suffering and his wife was awarded $500,000 for her loss of consortium.
However, Wright was not found negligent for defectively designing the Profemur R hip replacement.
Warner had the device implanted in 2007. Three years later, it failed suddenly when we went to the kitchen to get a cup of coffee. His attorneys blamed the problem on laser guidance marks that were etched too deeply into the stem of the implant, making it prone to failure.
Wright is still facing about 1,200 lawsuits involving defective hip implant. About 600 cases are coordinated in a litigation in California state court. Another 600 are pending in a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in Georgia.
Unless a settlement is reached, there could be many more trials in the next few years. Most of the lawsuits involve the Profemur. Unlike Warner’s hip, which broke at the stem of the implant, most others broke at the neck or caused metal poisoning due to the metal-on-metal design.
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