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Jury Awards $7.68M in Zimmer Damages-Only Trial

Zimmer Durom Cup Retrial

In 2015, Gary Kline took Zimmer to court over its Durom Cup metal-on-metal hip implant. The jury found Zimmer liable for his health issues; however, the damages awarded were overturned on appeal. The trial court, in a decision upheld on appeal in 2018, ordered a new trial leading to a damages-only retrial.

The jury, asked to rule strictly on damages, unanimously awarded $7.68 million to Kline: $80,460.19 in past economic losses; $3.6M in past non-economic losses; and $4M in future non-economic losses.

The Durom Cup metal-on-metal hip implant is manufactured by Zimmer, Inc. In 2007, Kline at the age of 51 underwent hip surgery. Within 15 months, he underwent a second surgery due to the Zimmer implant. Kline, a very active individual, suffered scar tissue, nerve damage, stiffness and chronic pain. He now has limitations on his daily activities and relies on a cane for walking.

Thomas McAllister, et al. v. Zimmer Inc., et al., case number BC444834 in Los Angeles County Superior Court.


Zimmer Durom Cup

In 2008, after only two years on the market, Zimmer suspended sales of the Durom Cup in the US as claims arose that it was failing prematurely.’

A major problem with metal-on-metal hip implants is the rubbing that occurs between the two metal components of the device. This constant rubbing causes metal particles and shavings to get into the bloodstream and muscle, causing pain and leading to elevated blood metal levels, and oftentimes revision surgery.

Zimmer has now paid more than $400 million in metal-on-metal hip implant cases.

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