December 1, 2015 — The first “bellwether” trial involving Wright Medical’s Conserve hip implant has ended in an $11 million jury verdict in favor of a woman who was injured when it loosened prematurely.
Plaintiff Robyn Christiansen was awarded $1 million in compensation and $10 million in punitive damages, according to MassDevice. The verdict was reached on November 24 after a two-week trial and three days of deliberation.
Christiansen was a ski instructor for nearly 50 years before retiring. She was implanted with the Wright Conserve hip replacement in April 2006. Less than six years later, she experienced severe pain and underwent surgery.
Her doctors thought the surgery would involve replacing loose components. Instead, they found serious tissue necrosis, fluid build-up, and metallosis (metal poisoning) in her hip.
The complications forced Christiansen to undergo a complete revision surgery to remove and replace the implant, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
This is the first case involving the Conserve hip replacement to go to trial. Wright is facing about 550 lawsuits in a consolidated federal litigation in Georgia. Hundreds of additional cases have been filed in state court in California.
Earlier this year, a jury in California ordered Wright to pay $4.5 million to a man who was injured by the Profemur hip replacement. He needed 14 revision surgeries after the implant failed within just a few years.
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