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Wright Medical Hip Lawsuit Update

Hi, I am Stuart Talley. I am the partner responsible for the prosthetic hip litigation. I am providing an update on the Wright Medical metal on metal hip litigation. There are thousands of filed cases and they are consolidated in Atlanta, Georgia. The first Wright Conserve hip trial takes place on March 9, 2015.

Currently, there are multiple deadlines to prepare for the trial date. The first deadline is “dispositive motions”.  Dispositive motion is a motion seeking to dispose all or part of a claim. Dispositive motions are generally filed by the defendant(s).  The deadline for filing this motion is January 9, 2015. We fully expect Wright Medical to file a dispositive motion.

The next motion deadline regards a “daubert motion”. Defendants and plaintiffs can file daubert motions.  A daubert motion is a special type of motion. It is raised before or during trial, and seeks to exclude expert testimony and the presentation of unqualified evidence to the jury. There are certain circumstances where defendants and plaintiffs will submit expert testimony from doctors or scientists. The daubert motion is employed by a party to potentially exclude testimony. Daubert motion in these cases is important. Expert testimony is critical to a plaintiff’s ability to prove their case.

The next deadline is “motions in limine”. Motion in limine is a motion filed by a party asking the court for an order or ruling limiting or preventing the other side from presenting certain evidence at the trial of the case.

The daubert motions and motions in limine will be submitted at the pre-trial conference on February 26, 2015. The pre-trial conference is a hearing held before the judge. The judge typically rules on the dispositive motions, daubert motions, and motions in limine. After the hearing, you have a good idea how your case looks for the Wright Conserve hip trial. We are confident the motions filed by the defendants will be unsuccessful. The cases are very strong and we think the first case going to trial will be successful.

Wright Medical Hip Lawsuit:

Wright Pro Femur and Conserve Lawsuit Update

We are providing an update on the Wright Pro Femur and Conserve litigation. Right now, at our firm, we represent many people who have different kinds of defective hips. One of the most recent cases involves the Wright Medical hips: the Pro Femur and Conserve.

The problem with these hips is that they leech metal ions (particles) into the hip joint of people that have them. Both of these hips are made from two kinds of metal, cobalt and chromium. These metals are released into the hip joint and can cause bone destruction, soft tissue damage, pseudotumors, and destruction of nerves, tendon, and muscles.

Most of the clients that we have tell a similar story. They have the hip and the hip is causing them lots of pain. They go to the surgeon who performs an x-ray and tells them everything looks fine. Sometimes they’re sent to a back doctor, or another doctor, to figure out where the pain is coming from. The real cause becomes apparent when a blood test is done; specifically, testing the blood for cobalt and chromium. Cobalt and chromium is released into the body due to wear and tear from the hip implant. This is detected via a blood test. If the results indicate elevated levels of cobalt and chromium, the next step is having a MARS MRI. A MARS MRI is a special MRI for people with metal implants. The MRI shows if you have a pseudotumor or fluid collection in the hip.

We are handling cases that were filed among several thousand cases now pending in Atlanta, Georgia. Some are also pending in Los Angeles, California. There are trials set for March 2015.

If you have a Wright Medical hip, and are having any problems, give us a call right away. There is a statute of limitations that runs on these cases.

Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants and Revision Surgery

Patients undergo hip replacement surgery in order to improve their quality of life. Hip replacement surgery is supposed to increase activity levels, improve range of motion, and ease pain and suffering. Unfortunately, after their index (initial) surgeries, individuals soon find their hip replacement is hindering rather than helping. This is often the case with metal-on-metal hip replacements.

Metal-on-metal hip systems such as the DePuy PinnacleDePuy ASRStryker Rejuvenate, Stryker ABG IIStryker AccoladeWright Pro Femur and Wright Conserve, have the highest failure rate compared to any other hip implant. Most individuals experience serious complications and subsequent failure with these implants. Complications from metal-on-metal hips include cobalt-chromium toxicity, metallosis, pseudotumors, infection, loosening and implant wear, joint stiffness, and fracture. These complications cause implant failure. Implant failure requires a second surgery, known as a revision surgery. A revision surgery requires removing the failed implant(s) and replacing with a new device.

Revision surgery is more complex and risky than the index surgery because it is more invasive. Therefore, the risk of complications is greater with a revision surgery than initial surgery. The implants are more likely to loosen, migrate, and fracture since the bone and hip joint are severely manipulated from the previous implant.

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