In October of 2011, an Arizona woman made news when she filed a lawsuit against Wright Medical Technology in regards to her defective Profemur hip implant system. After her Wright hip implant failed, this patient required surgery for its removal only three years following its initial implantation. Hip replacement, by design, is supposed to last at least fifteen years. This story is not an isolated event; Wright Profemur hip implants have demonstrated a failure rate of 11.2% within 3 years of the initial surgery. Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of defective hip implants because of the severity of the pain and debilitation resulting from their failure. A Wright hip implant lawsuit can help a person regain a degree of financial stability following the expenses they have incurred as a result of this defective medical device.
As mentioned before, around one in every nine patients treated with a Wright hip implant will require surgical removal within three years. The reason for most of these hip implant failures occurs when the acetabular cup comes loose; a loosened acetabular cup rotates and creates further complications. When a hip implant fails, the patient will experience a significant amount of pain. This pain may be experienced in the thigh, groin, hip, buttocks, or lower back. Victims of hip implant failure may also experience difficulty walking or standing and considerable stiffness. When a hip replacement fails, quality of life will often suffer dramatically. The following companies have also manufactured hip implant systems with high failure rates: DePuy, Zimmer, and BioMet.
The Wright Profemur Total Hip System was initially approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration under the 510(K) protocol process. Through this expedited route, a medical device is approved on the grounds that it is substantially equal to devices that have already been approved. As a result, this Wright hip implant was not required to undergo human clinical trials, and its problems were not detected prior to its use by healthcare professionals. As of yet, there has been no official FDA recall of this Wright hip implant.
A Wright Hip Implant Lawsuit is filed on the premise that the device was defectively produced, and the company failed in its responsibility to warn consumers of its potential dangers. If you received a hip replacement with a Wright hip implant and experienced complications, call the Willis Law firm today. You may have a legal entitlement to financial damages through filing a Wright Hip Implant Lawsuit. Our firm is accepting these cases nationwide and on a contingency fee basis.