$11M is Awarded to Plaintiff for Hip Implant in Bellwether Lawsuit

Robyn Christiansen was awarded $11 million as the plaintiff in the lawsuit that she had filed against Wright Medical Technology.  She had alleged that the bellweather products were defective.  This decision was made in 2015 but it was later changed in 2016.  It was decided that the punitive damages of $10 million to $1.1 million. The court did decide to let the award of $1 million for compensatory damages remain as it was earlier stated when the verdict was given.
hip_replacement_prosthesisWhen the case was decided in November of 2015 the jury had awarded an $11 million verdict against Wright Medical Technology Inc because it was found that the plaintiff dif receive a hip transplant that was defective.  This decision was also made because it was said that Wright did not represent the safety of the product accurately.  Consumers were not given accurate information in order to make informed decisions.
The court documents had broken down the verdict into $1 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages. Robyn, the plaintiff, was only one of about 2,000 individuals that had filed a lawsuit for the same reasons.  She filed her suit in 2013.  This was 7 years after she had received her implant.  She had her surgery in 2006.  She had made this decision after information that she was given about the metal on metal designs and the designs that have lining made of polyethylene.
Swelling2The plaintiff stated that she started to have severe pain in her hip in 2012 while she was exercising. She then went through surgery to correct the problem and that is when the doctor found that the soft tissue around her implant was damaged by metal debris from the hip replacement.  This is a serious problem that will only create more medical bills, recovery time and possibly even lost wages.
hand with titanium alloy hip“A former ski instructor for over 47 years, Ms. Christiansen is now limited in her ability to enjoy the things she has always loved to do, such as water-skiing and hiking,” according to the plaintiff’s counsel.  It is a shame that Ms. Christiansen believed she was going to be getting better when she had this surgery only to find out that she needed to have this corrected later.  No one thinks that the surgery they have to get better is going to make them worse.

There are times when it is because the staff is negligent but there are times when the resources are not doing what they are supposed to do.  No matter what the reason may be, it can be very difficult to determine what is best for an individual and their family.  Working with an experienced attorney may be the best decision you ever make.  I hate to think about someone suffering because of the trust that they have placed in medical professionals.”

 

 

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