$11 Million Verdict for Plaintiff in Wright Conserve Hip Lawsuit
December 1st, 2015 by Cutter Law
Some excellent news to report today: an Atlanta jury has found in favour of the plaintiff in the first bellwether trial over Wright’s Conserve metal-on-metal hip replacement.
On November 24th, 2015, the jury awarded $11 to plaintiff Robyn Christiansen, assigning 100% of the fault for the device’s failure to Wright Medical,and finding that the manufacturer “acted knowingly and with reckless indifference toward the rights of hip implant patients who relied on the company’s misrepresentations regarding the safety of its device.”
The award consisted of $1 million in compensatory damages and $10 million in punitive damages.
Christiansen is a former ski instructor who suffered metallosis, tissue necrosis and other painful injuries related to her Wright Conserve hip replacement, which was implanted in 2006 and failed six years later. She still deals with injuries related to the implant, and “is now limited in her ability to enjoy the things she has always loved to do, such as water-skiing and hiking”.
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