There will be arguments to a bench of federal judges - U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation - in late January on the issue of consolidating the growing number of defective Wright hip implant lawsuits brought by patients who have experienced pain and debility with the metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants. The panel of judges will hear arguments on whether all Wright hip lawsuits should be presented to a single judge for pretrial motions.
One motion to consolidate the Wright hip lawsuits has already been filed bby a plaintiff to have pending and future Wright hip implant cases transferred to one of the US Districts of Georgia for purposes of discovery and pretrial motions. The idea is to preclude duplication and reduce inefficiency. In addition, the policy for consolidation is to avoid contradictory rulings from different judges or courts.
The basic allegation in most of the hip implant law suits is "design defect," which refers to the metallic debris shed by the MoM hip implants which then can cause pain and tissue damage. Somewhat counter-intuitively, Wright opposes the consolidation, arguing that it will only result in more lawsuits being filed against it. It could be that certain cases are unique, so always consult with an attorney - after you have had a proper examination and evaluation by your medical professional.
The FDA approved the MoM hip replacement system under the "fast-track" approval procedures. The MoM implants typically are made of cobalt chromium molybdenum in the cup and "femoral head" which when walking or running can shed metal particles leading to metallosis or toxicity in the blood, adjacent tissue and bone.
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