Wright Medical Technology Inc. is the designer, manufacturer and distributor of orthopaedic implants, including several metal-on-metal hip replacement implants. Like many other manufacturers of metal hip implants such as Depuy, Biomet and Stryker, Wright Medical Technology is under legal scrutiny for selling and promoting these implants without disclosing the risk for early failure and other possible serious health problems to patients who received them. Patients who have a Wright metal hip implant may be at risk to experience pain, metal toxicity and many other health issues, leading to many lawsuits filed against the medical device manufacturer.
Problems With Metal Hip Implants
Metal hip implants were originally marketed as improved design over the ceramic and plastic models available for longevity. However it became quickly apparent that not only was this not the case and many metal-on-metal hip implants were prematurely failing, they also were causing other health risks as well. The metal components began to corrode as they rubbed against each other, emitting metal particles into patients tissue and blood stream. The result of this corrosion put patients at risk for:
- Severe pain. Patients have reported pain and discomfort from their metal hip implants, as well as popping and squeaking noises from the device.
- Muscle lesions. The metal shards that enter the surrounding tissue can cause lesions and pseudotumors.
- Loosening of implant. As the metal corrodes, the hip implant can become loose and not function correctly.
- Infection. Severe infection can occur surrounding the hip implant as it begins to deteriorate.
- Undergoing revision surgery. Patients that have issues with these implants must go through painful revision surgery and rehabilitation with a new hip implant.
- Metallosis (metal toxicity). The chromium and cobalt metals that can enter the blood system from metal implants can cause serious ailments, including cancer, organ failure and even death.
There have been reports of problems with metal-on-metal hip implants for several years, yet companies like Wright Medical Technology continued to sell these devices without warning patients of these issues. As a result, many of these patients have had serious injuries due to these implants, leading to civil lawsuits filed against Wright and other metal hip implant companies.
Metal Hip Implant Lawsuits Filed Against Wright Medical Technology
In February 2012, a multidistrict litigation (MDL) was filed against the Wright Medical Technology, starting with four lawsuits/plaintiffs for injuries from the Wright Technology’s Conserve Hip Implant. Since then, many others have also filed lawsuits for their injuries as well. MDL allows similar lawsuits to be heard together in one court by one judge, making the process easier and more efficient when many civil lawsuits are filed for the same reason. The MDL for Wright Medical is being held in the Northern District of Georgia under the Honorable William S. Duffey, Jr. The Wright hip models involved in the MDL include:
- Conserve Femoral Hip Surface Replacement
- Conserve Plus Total Resurfacing Hip System
- Conserve Total A-Class Advanced Metal
- Conserve Total Hip System
Wright Medical, like DePuy, Stryker and other metal implant manufacturers and distributors, are accused of not only creating and selling these dangerous medical devices without proper testing, they also are accused of knowing about the risks their products posed without warning consumers. Their greed had lead to thousands of patients being injured from metal hip implants unnecessarily, some with serious long term health conditions. Wright Medical Technology is being held legally responsible for these injuries through civil lawsuits asking for significant compensation for the injuries to patients with these faulty and dangerous metal hip implants.Get legal help now from a Wright hip defect law firm, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC appreciates the devastation a defective hip prosthetic device can have on the individual. Our law firm has represented people who have suffered adverse reactions and required revision surgeries after receiving a defective hip. Before you try to handle a Wright hip case on your own, contact our attorneys to discuss your options without any cost or obligation. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your case anytime.
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