Patient alleges Wright Medical Technology hip device released 'dangerous levels' of cobalt in his body

By Bree Gonzales | Jan 4, 2019

CHICAGO – A man alleges a medical device implanted in his body released "dangerous levels" of cobalt and he needed a second surgery to have the device removed.

James Singleton filed a complaint on Dec. 17 in Cook County Circuit Court against Wright Medical Technology Group alleging strict product liability, negligent design and manufacture and negligent failure to warn.

According to the complaint, on Feb. 1, 2008, the plaintiff underwent a hip replacement on his left hip, under which a Wright Medical metal-on-metal prosthetic hip device was implanted.

The plaintiff alleges the device released "dangerous levels" of cobalt into his body and the hip components came loose. The suit states on March 6, 2017, Singleton underwent a second invasive surgery to correct the first one. 

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks more than $50,000, plus statutory damages, punitive damages, attorney fees and costs. He is represented by Robert J. McLaughlin and Christina Flores of Hart McLaughlin & Eldridge LLC in Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court case number 2018L013522

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