On Nov. 24, 2015, an Atlanta Jury returned an $11 million verdict in favor of Plaintiff Robyn Christiansen in the first federal bellwether trial in the Wright Hip Implant Products Liability litigation currently pending in multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
According to the pleadings, Ms. Christiansen was implanted with the defective device in October 2006. As with most people who have been devastated by the metal-on-metal hip devices, she agreed to the device based on representations that it was longer lasting than devices with polyethylene liners. Also, they were represented to be the best for someone with an active lifestyle. Her device subsequently failed, causing pain and depositing metal debris into her blood and tissue in 2013.
Ms. Christiansen, a ski instructor for almost 50 years is no longer able to enjoy the active lifestyle she had known previously. Despite the Plaintiff losing some ground in some early evidentiary rulings, the court did allow key evidence as to the device design. The jury awarded $1 million in compensatory and $10 million in punitive damages. The Plaintiff was represented by Pope McGlamry Kilpatrick Morrison & Norwood, PC along with Boucher, LLP and Kiesel Law, LLP. Wright Medical is represented by Duane Morris, LLP.
Beasley Allen lawyers represent almost 100 Plaintiffs affected by the defective Wright Medical metal on metal hips. In addition to the metal-on-metal corrosion cases, our lawyers are handling cases against Wright Medical involving device fractures. In these cases, the defective design of Wright Medical’s Profemur femoral stem causes the device to actually fracture, or break in half, while implanted in the individual’s femur. This event causes sudden, excruciating pain.
Wright Medical has expressed its intentions to appeal these verdicts. The Plaintiffs are only encouraged by these verdicts and are committed to continuing to push Wright Medical to accept its responsibility to all affected Plaintiffs and prevent future harm to other patients. If you need more information on this, contact Navan Ward at 800-898-2034 or by email at Navan.Ward@beasleyallen.com.
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