Zimmer News Update
$9.2M Verdict in First Hip Implant Case Against Zimmer, Inc.
July 28, 2015 A Los Angeles jury has awarded $9.2 million to a man injured by a defective metal-on-metal hip implant manufactured by Zimmer, Inc.
FDA Recall Issued: Zimmer M/L Taper Hip Prosthesis
On June 8, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class I recall of the Zimmer M/L Taper with Kinective Technology Femoral Stems and Necks. The devices involved were manufactured and distributed from March 31, 2015 through April 20, 2015.
2008 Warning about Durom Cup Failure
Promoted to younger, active patients, more than 12,000 individuals have had the Durom artificial hip component implanted in their bodies since 2006.
In 2008, after only two years on the market, Zimmer Holdings, Inc., the nation’s largest producer of orthopedic devices, temporarily suspended sales of its Durom Cup hip implant as claims arose that it was failing prematurely. Zimmer returned the product to the market after only a few months.
According to The New York Times, “Zimmer data and interviews with doctors suggest that hundreds of patients might need [revision surgery] in the coming years.”
Above Average Failure Rates
Surgeons throughout the United States have complained that the Durom Cup was defective, reporting a higher rate of failure and loosening of the Durom Cup. Zimmer, however, denied the Durom hip implant was defective, instead claiming surgeons have failed to implant the device properly.
However, a highly respected orthopedic researcher, surgeon, and director of the Dorr Institute for Arthritis Research and Education, Larry Dorr, MD, found that 14 of the 165 Durom hip systems implanted at his clinic needed to be surgically revised within two years of implantation. The doctor stopped using the device, notified the FDA, and publicly warned other surgeons in April 2008, in a letter to the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.
Zimmer’s MMC Cup Linked to Medical Dangers
Designed as a replacement for the Durom Cup, Zimmer’s MMC Cup has similar dangers where the metal components rub together. 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.
What if You Have a Defective Zimmer Implant?
If you think you may be affected by the potential Durom Cup recall, you should speak with your physician immediately to reduce the risk of harm due to the Durom hip socket failure. You should also speak with an experienced medical product liability attorney before having any revision surgeries.
Defective medical device lawsuits are complicated. The experienced attorneys at Nash & Franciskato Law Firm will help you build a case to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Our attorneys will review your medical records — the orthopedic surgeon’s office chart, the operative reports for the original joint replacement surgery and the revision surgery, and the device record for the original surgery from the hospital chart (this shows the product and lot numbers of the components of the device) — to determine if there are sufficient grounds for us to pursue litigation against the manufacturer on your behalf. It is also essential to take possession of the implant as soon as it is removed to preserve it as evidence for your case.
Even if you don’t have any symptoms right now, it’s important to review your situation to make sure you protect your rights in the future.
We are a leading national law firm in the area of hip replacement litigation. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling hip replacement and knee replacement lawsuits, obtaining over $50 million in Collective Settlements involving defective knee and hip replacements.
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If you received a Zimmer Durom Cup or MMC device, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.