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Wright Medical Was Wrong

5/08/2016

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Koester & Bradley is Still Pursuing Wright Metal Hip Cases

Koester & Bradley Metal Hip Lawyers

DePuy, Stryker, and Zimmer are not the only hip prosthesis manufactures getting hauled to court over defective metal-on-metal devices.  Koester & Bradley, LLP filed a hip replacement lawsuit  against Wright Medical Group on behalf of a man who claims the failure of his hip implant required him to undergo painful revision surgery and radically changed his life and prevented him from working and caring for his family all the way back in 2008 and has been at the forefront of metal hip litigation every since.  The lawsuit outlines that the Plaintiff had his prosthesis in place for a very short period of time before it simply snapped due to metal fatigue of the femoral neck.

The plaintiff experienced severe pain and has suffered permanent disfigurement. He was required to undergo revision surgery to remove and replace the faulty hip replacement system.  Only to complicate matters, the  exact same prosthesis in the Plaintiff's other hip fractured in the same place just a short period of time later.

The suit claims that this specific hip replacement system produced by Wright Medical Group is improperly designed and dangerous since it has the potential to lead to fretting, corrosion, wear, fatigue and early failure. The hip implant is designed to be adjusted according to a patient’s leg length. This design element is claimed to be flawed since it allows the systems to bend easily, which can cause failure.

The Wright Profemur Total Hip System, which includes many variations, is being named in the suit includes the Conserve Plus Cup, Conserve Total Femoral Head, Wright Modular Femoral Neck and Profemur E Cementless Stem.

While the problems experienced by Wright Medical Group are not as well-know as the billion dollar settlements against Stryker and DePuy, but the damage to Illinois patients is just as severe.  Ryan Bradley has been assisting those injured by Wright Medical Metal hips as long as any attorney in the country and is continuing to investigate these case despite the fact that the media attention surrounding the record DePuy and Stryker settlements has subsided. 

The United States does not collect data on Hip Failures.  However, Australia, due to its nationalized health care system does.  According to its data,  the Wright Profemur Z hip had a failure rate of well-over 11 percent percent at three years.

If you have a Wright Medical hip prosthesis, you are well-advised to contact an experienced products liability attorney to asses a potential claim.  The lawyers at Koester & Bradley have handles numerous prosthesis claims and have a metallurgical engineer on call to help clients evaluate potential actions at the crossroads of science and law.

Knowledge of the Illinois Safe Haven Law Might Have Saved Newborn's Life

5/08/2016

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Since August of 2001, the state of Illinois has had a  Safe Haven Law in place. Yet some believe that ignorance of the amnesty this law gives to those who relinquish their newborns to the noted places, may have led to a recent newborn death.

A sophomore at the University of Illinois in Champaign has been accused of killing her baby in her dormitory's bathroom, just this past March. According to the  Illinois Times, Lindsay Johnson has stated that she did not realize that she was pregnant prior to giving birth. However, her cell phone seems to tell a different story. The question remains as to whether or not Ms. Johnson would have relinquished the baby legally if she had known that option was available.

the Illinois Safe Haven Law allows a new mother to leave their baby under 30 days old at any of the following locations:
  • Hospital
  • Police Department
  • Fire Station
  • EMS Provider

The mother has the right to remain anonymous if she chooses to do so. This law allows the mother to avoid criminal or civil liability for child abandonment. While adoption is still the preferred method, this option gives a new mother who is in distress a safe and legal option. It also gives endangered newborns a chance at life. So far this law has resulted in over a hundred at-risk babies finding safe and loving homes.

Unfortunately, this law only works if people know about it. It is hoped that this tragic case will put some much-needed spotlights on the Safe Haven Law and help to save future newborns. 
If you have any questions regarding this law, please  contact us. Above all, please help us spread the word that this option exists.

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Ryan R Bradley is a personal injury and litigation lawyer based in Champaign County Illinois focused on representing injured clients and businesses navigate the maze of litigation to financial recovery.  


Tom Koester is a personal injury attorney based in Champaign County in Central Illinois focused on representing the injured and victims of Medical Malpractice and Personal Injuries.