Profemur Implant Trials Approved for Coordinated Pretrial Proceedings

Last month, we noted that Tennessee’s Shelby County Circuit Court was considering whether to coordinate claims involving fractures of Wright Medical’s Profemur® Hip System.  The Profemur® Hip System is a modular hip implant device developed and distributed by Wright Medical that has fractured and catastrophically failed post-implant at a frequency well above industry norms.  A fracture event almost always requires painful, emergency revision surgery involving an extended trochanteric osteotomy.

Many recipients of the Profemur® Hip System who suffered fractures filed suit against Wright Medical in the Circuit Court of Shelby County, Tennessee  (where Wright Medical is headquartered and has its principal place of business), alleging that the Profemur® Hip System is defective.  They asked the Court to coordinate pretrial proceedings under its Local Rule 28.  Plaintiffs’ applications for coordinated pretrial proceedings have been pending since May 2014.  On January 13, 2015, the Shelby County Circuit Court granted Plaintiffs’ request for coordination.  Judge Robert S. Weiss has been assigned as the Coordinating Judge to hear issues related to discovery matters in these Profemur® fracture cases.

The Court’s Coordination Order should increase the efficiency with which Profemur® fracture cases can be prosecuted against Wright Medical and reduce the cost of discovery for individual Plaintiffs.  Plaintiffs who pursue Profemur® fracture claims in Shelby County’s Circuit Court should have a better opportunity to maximize their recovery as a result of coordination.  Currently, the Circuit Court of Shelby County oversees the only coordinated litigation in the country regarding Wright Medical’s Profemur® Hip System.

If you or a loved one has a Wright Profemur® Hip System that has fractured, you may have a personal injury case against Wright Medical.  Contact Pope McGlamry for your free legal consultation online or at 877-265-7656.

N. Kirkland Pope

Kirk joined Pope McGlamry in 2006 and he is located in the Atlanta office. Kirk graduated from Auburn University in 1992 with a degree in Finance and accepted a commission in The United States Marine Corps the same year. He served as an infantry officer with the Second Marine Division and the Fourth Marine Division […] Full Bio

Kimberly J. Johnson

Kim Johnson graduated magna cum laude with a B. Mus. from DePauw University in 1991.  She spent four years as a public school orchestra teacher before attending the University of Alabama School of Law.  She received her J.D., summa cum laude, in 1998.  While in law school, Kim served on the Boards of the Alabama […] Full Bio