Canadian lawsuit alleges defects in Wright Profemur hip implant

Filed September 15th, 2011 Joshua Sophy

A recently filed lawsuit in a Canadian court represents a growing class of people who have suffered severe pain and serious injuries after receiving the Wright Medical Technology Profemur hip implant.

According to a report from The Chronicle Herald, an attorney in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of residents of the province who’ve been injured after having the defective hip joint implanted. At least 10 people have joined the recently filed lawsuit, according to the report, but the newspaper also interviewed a Nova Scotia man who has not yet joined that lawsuit.

Instead, Norm Murnagham said he will become an activist warning fellow Canadians about the dangers of these defective hip implants and pressure regulators in the country to investigate the safety of these and other hip implants that are the focus of hundreds of lawsuits in the U.S.

Murnagham said he was on vacation in Mexico when he heard a snap and fell at a resort. His Wright Profemur hip implant had failed and told the newspaper he feared the possibilities if the device had failed in another situation that would have left him more vulnerable. The man had received the Wright implant just two and one-half years prior to it failing.

In the lawsuit filed before the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, the Wright Profemur Z Stem portion of the hip implant has a reported failure rate of 11.2 percent.

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