Who Can File a Zimmer Hip Lawsuit
Sales of the Zimmer Durom Acetabular Component, often referred to as the Zimmer Durom Cup were suspended in the US in July 2008. Prior to this suspension of sales, approximately 12,000 Americans received the hip implant. Problems with the Durom Cup are focused around the high failure rates that were first actively identified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Larry Dorr. Although product sales were suspended in 2008, Zimmer released the product for sale again after only a few months of investigation, against the recommendations of the respected Dr. Dorr. As a result many victims are seeking compensation by filing Zimmer hip implant lawsuits through legal means.
Zimmer hip lawsuit eligibility is determined by the following basic factors:
- The patient received a Zimmer Durom Cup hip implant.
- The patient experienced Zimmer hip side effects or complications.
- Individuals who received their implant prior to the recall in July 2008 may have a stronger case against Zimmer than those who received their implant after investigations ensued.
Zimmer hip complications that can determine Zimmer hip lawsuit eligibility include:
- Failure of hip implant to bond with bone
- Prolonged healing time
- Loosening of the hip implant
- Surrounding bone damage
- Decrease in overall mobility
- Persistent pain
Individuals who had to have Zimmer hip revision surgery as a result of a defective hip implant are also eligible ro file a lawsuit. A hip revision surgery is a second hip surgery (often more invasive than the first) that is intended to correct problems resulting from the first surgical procedure.
Eligible individuals may be eligible to receive compensation for pain, emotional distress, medical expenses, lost time from work and other losses by filing a Zimmer hip lawsuit.
Zimmer hip lawsuits are time sensitive
The filing of a Zimmer hip lawsuit is time sensitive. Individuals should consult a Zimmer Hip Lawyer, experienced in product liability litigation as soon as they suspect they are eligible as the time limit for filing is prescribed by state law. This statute of limitations varies depending upon the state. The statute of limitations ranges from 6 months to more than 3 years depending on both the state of residency and the state in which the injury occurred.
Zimmer hip settlements can vary widely depending upon a number of variables: the extent of complications that arose as a result of the defective hip implant, medical costs (including projected medical expenses) additional out of pocket expenses related to Zimmer hip implant side effects, inability to function on the job resulting in loss of career or loss of pay, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more.