Zimmer Hip Settlements | Zimmer Hip replacement Lawsuits

Zimmer Hip Settlements Pending

J. Cooper Carlisle | February 7th, 2011

A growing number of Zimmer Hip replacement lawsuits have prompted the manufacturer, Zimmer Holdings Inc. to begin planning for the Zimmer Hip settlements sure to follow by setting aside $47 million to deal with these lawsuits.

Zimmer Hip replacement problems lead to lawsuits

Zimmer has run into an increasing number of legal problems relating to their defective hip implant system. Zimmer hip replacement lawsuits began to surface in 2008 when a number of patients experienced loosening of the joint with many eventually requiring hip revision surgery. In 2008 Zimmer pulled the hip replacement system from the market. Now, in response to a large number of patients who have filed a Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit the company has set aside money for patients who take the company to court. Zimmer hip settlements could eventually total in the millions.

Zimmer Hip Replacement settlements still pending

In spite of the fact that Zimmer hip replacement settlements appear to be on the horizon and the company has set aside funds to deal with patient complaints there have yet to be any publicly announced settlements. Patients are continuing to come forward regarding pain and swelling due to the hip replacement failure. Further Zimmer hip replacement lawsuits are expected to be filed.

Zimmer Hip replacement patients experienced high failure rates

Zimmer’s hip replacement hardware was approved in 2006 and made it into some 12,000 patients before higher than average failure rates began to be reported. In some situations the failure rates were as high as 5.7%; with 14 of 168 patients experiencing complications. Zimmer hip settlements are focusing in on patients who have experienced serious complications, with the highest awards being expected for individuals who were forced to undergo further hip revision surgeries.

Following the recall Zimmer put the product back on the U.S. market, but began requiring surgeons to take a course before they were allowed to perform the surgeries. Zimmer has, not surprisingly, stood by its claim that surgical technique, and not the hardware, is the true problem.