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Wright ProFemur Hip Implant Lawsuit Filed over Modular Neck Breaks

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Phoenix, Arizona resident Dale Parcell has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Wright Medical Technology, Inc., and Wright Medical Group, Inc., after a catastrophic fracture of his Wright ProFemur Total Hip System forced him to undergo emergency surgery.

According to the lawsuit, Parcell had the Wright ProFemur system implanted in June 2005. In July 2010, while dressing for work, the titanium modular neck broke, and Parcell dropped to the floor in severe pain. He had to undergo emergency surgery. “One minute I’m standing there getting dressed for work and the next I’m on the ground,” Parcell said. “At first I thought there was an earthquake that knocked me down, but then the pain hit and I couldn’t move my leg.”

The lawsuit claims that Wright knew the titanium modular necks that connect the femoral head and stem corrode and fracture. The complaint also states that in 2009, Wright changed the titanium neck to cobalt chromium, but failed to issue a recall on the titanium piece.

The Parcell lawsuit alleges Wright Medical of defective product design, negligence, fraud, manufacturing a defective product, and failure to warn. The suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages of an unknown amount. disclaimer: This article: Wright ProFemur Hip Implant Lawsuit Filed over Modular Neck Breaks was posted on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 8:09 pm at and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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