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A jury in Los Angeles returned a verdict of $4.5 million in favor of Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C. clients, Alan Warner Patricia Warner. (Warner v. Wright Medical Technology, Superior Court of Los Angeles County, California, Case No. BC475958) Mr. Warner had received a Wright Medical Profemur artificial hip in 2007. Three years later the Profemur hip stem suddenly, and without warning, broke in two. The jury found that the fracture of the Profemur hip stem was a result of a manufacturing defect created when the stem was manufactured by Wright Medical Technology.
George McLaughlin of Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C. proved to the jury that the stem was defectively manufactured when a laser mark was placed on the titanium stem, introducing a defect which subsequently led to the sudden and catastrophic fracture three years later. Wright Medical tried to claim that the Profemur Hip stem was properly manufactured and that Mr. Warner had caused it to fracture by excessive stress from his activities. However, the evidence proved that Mr. Warner, who is in his 70s, did not live an active lifestyle. The most physically active thing Mr. Warner did was attend physical therapy for rehabilitation of his hip, as prescribed by his orthopedic surgeon. He was merely walking in his home when the hip stem suddenly broke on October 28, 2010.
Mr. Warner has subsequently undergone a total of seven surgeries, with more to come. He is in constant pain, and unable to walk without crutches.
Wright Medical has a long history of problems with its Profemur hip system. For the past five years the lawyers at Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C. have focused on representing people who have suffered fractures of their Wright Medical Profemur Hip devices. This is the first time that Wright Medical has gone to trial on the failure of one of its Profemur hips.
While artificial hip stem fractures are relatively rare, absent a manufacturing or design defect this should not occur. Hundreds of patients who have received Wright Medical Pro Femur Hip Systems have suffered fractures of the Profemur titanium modular neck. Thousands of these devices remain implanted and are at risk for sudden catastrophic failure. At the Warshauer-McLaughlin Law Group, P.C. we represent the victims of these defective products, and defective hip stems made by other medical device manufacturers.