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Lawsuits Seek Damages for Wright Profemur Hip Implant Failures

Sep 26, 2011 | Parker Waichman LLP

Lawsuits involving the Wright Profemur Total Hip Replacement System continue to pile up.  Since August, at least two more have been filed by plaintiffs in Canada and the U.S. claiming the Wright Profemur Hip Implant is prone to premature failure.

The Canadian lawsuit was filed on September 13 on behalf of a class of all Canadian residents who were implanted with a Wright Profemur Hip Implant System since 2001.    The complaint was brought by two lead plaintiffs, both residents of Nova Scotia.   Ken Taylor received his Wright Profemur hip implant in June 2007, but had to undergo revision surgery in September 2009, after the neck of his left femoral Profemur Hip Implant fractured.  Taylor required more surgery in February 2010,  including  a bone graft, because bone was not growing around the previous prosthesis.

The second Canadian plaintiff, Judy Rowter, received a Wright Profemur Hip Implant in January 2007.  According to the complaint, Rowter  was informed by her surgeon in March 2010 that she should discontinue working due to numerous reports concerning the risk of fracture and susceptibility to personal injury resulting from such a fracture of the Profemur Long Neck component of the Profemur Hip Implant System.

The Canadian lawsuit alleges Wright Medical and other defendants knew a  high number of their Profemur Z Stems were failing and harming patients, but failed to disclose or warn patients about the significant risks posed by the devices.

The U.S. lawsuit was filed on behalf of Terrance Allore and his wife, Rebecca, on August 17 in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan. It names Wright Medical Group, Wright Medical Technology and Wright Medical Europe as defendants.  According to the complaint, Terrance Allore received the Wright Profemur Hip Implant in 2008.  In November 2010, the femoral neck of his implant broke, causing severe problems.  Allore was forced to undergo revision surgery to replace his hip implant. 

The Allores have charged the defendants with defective manufacturing, defective design, failure to warn, misrepresentation, negligence, breach of warranty, and fraud. Rebecca Allore is also suing for loss of consortium.



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