June 15, 2015 — Wright Medical Technologies has been hit with a $4.5 million jury verdict in favor of a man who was seriously injured when his Profemur R hip replacement failed three years after it was implanted, Reuters reports.
The man, Alan Warner, received the implant in 2007 as a replacement for another implant that failed. In 2010, while he was walking to the kitchen to get a cup of coffee, the femoral stem snapped and caused him to suffer excruciating pain.
Attorneys for Warner blamed his injuries on laser-etched guidance marks that were too deep and weakened the implant. After a nearly two-week trial in Los Angeles, the jury was convinced that Wright was responsible for a manufacturing defect. However, the jury did not believe the Profemur R was defectively designed.
The plaintiff was awarded $4 million for pain and suffering and his wife was awarded $500,000 for loss of consortium.
Wright faces another 1,200 lawsuits involving the Profemur and other hip replacements. About half are centralized in a federal litigation in Georgia, and half in a centralized state-court litigation in California.
Warner’s case was unique because his implant broke at the femoral stem. Most of the other cases involve defects in the neck of the implant. The Profemur is also a metal-on-metal hip, which some plaintiffs claim is defective and can leech toxic particles of metal into a patient’s body.
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