Weitz & Luxenberg Continues to Accept New Hip Implant Clients as Court Consolidates Lawsuit against Maker of Faulty Joint Prostheses

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Ellen Relkin, a lawyer with the leading mass tort and personal injury litigation firm Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., today announced the firm’s readiness to accept new cases involving Wright Conserve hip implant devices. The metal-on-metal products, which can damage joints and release poisonous metals into the body, have spawned numerous lawsuits, which have recently been consolidated into a single multidistrict litigation.

The FDA has shown concern that with products like the Wright Conserve, patients can face a serious array of problems, even beyond the devices’ failure.

Ellen Relkin, a leading attorney in Weitz & Luxenberg’s medical devices litigation unit, said today that the firm would continue to accept cases of new clients injured by defective hip implant devices.

The product in question – Wright’s Conserve hip implant – is at the center of a lawsuit (MDL 2329, N.D. Ga.) alleging that the cobalt and chrome metal-on-metal product was manufactured defectively, causing it to be much less reliable and much more dangerous than intended.

Thousands of metal-on-metal hip implants, promoted to last beyond 15 years, have been reported to fail in as few as one to five, said Relkin. “The FDA has shown concern that with products like the Wright Conserve, patients can face a serious array of problems, even beyond the devices’ failure,” said Relkin.

“The devices are designed with a metal ball that inserts into a metal socket. In some cases, the friction caused by these pieces rubbing together can cause metal to be released into the body, causing metallosis and damaging tissues around the joint.

“Premature loosening is also seen as a potential problem," Relkin said. "When it happens, it requires hip implant revision surgery and can cause serious damage to the bone, tissue and muscles near the hip joint.”

According to Relkin, the cases’ consolidation into an MDL will help streamline the process of litigating the claims of hundreds of clients spread across the country. It also provides an ideal jumping-in point for patients seeking to receive compensation for injuries caused by their hip implant failure.

Weitz & Luxenberg is already representing clients with claims involving the Wright Medical Technology, Inc. metal on metal hip implant.

Relkin said the firm is also representing clients in a number of other litigations involving defective hip implant products. Lawsuits against DePuy Orthopaedics for their ASR (MDL 2197, N.D. Oh.) and Pinnacle (MDL 2244, N.D. Tx.) hip implants, and against Zimmer for their Durom Cup (MDL 2158, D. N.J.) have all been consolidated into multidistrict litigations, and the firm said it is accepting clients with injuries caused by those products.

Weitz & Luxenberg is also representing clients filing cases against Biomet Orthopedics involving their M2a Magnum hip implant and expects that an MDL will be created for that litigation.

Relkin said she will speak at an American Association of Justice convention this Saturday to address the state of the DePuy litigation. The conference, which will be held in Phoenix, will provide attorneys representing injured hip implant recipients in a number of national litigations with important updates and strategies.

About Weitz & Luxenberg:

Founded in 1986 by attorneys Perry Weitz and Arthur Luxenberg, Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., today ranks among the nation’s leading law firms. Weitz & Luxenberg has secured more than $6.5 billion in verdicts and settlements for its clients. The firm's numerous practice areas include: asbestos and mesothelioma, defective medicines and devices, environmental pollutants, accidents, personal injury, and medical malpractice. Victims of accidents are invited to rely on Weitz & Luxenberg’s more than 25 years of handling such cases – begin by contacting the firm’s Client Relations department at 1-800-476-6070 or at clientrelations(at)weitzlux(dot)com and ask for a free legal consultation. More information: http://www.weitzlux.com

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