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Zimmer Hip Lawsuit in Florida Echoes Kentucky Case

Staff Writer | May 16th, 2011

Zimmer hip failure continues to generate a swarm of litigation across the country, brought by patients who received malfunctioning orthopedic implants and required a second, revision surgery as a result. One individual Zimmer hip lawsuit in Florida embodies many of the issues involved in Zimmer hip lawsuits as a whole.

In March of 2010, Zimmer hip lawyers brought a Zimmer hip lawsuit in Florida on behalf of plaintiff Christine Walker, who was a recipient of the metal-on-metal hip replacement device known as the Durom Cup. Manufactured by Zimmer Holdings, the Durom Cup is distinguished as a “cementless” device — unlike many other artificial hip sockets, the Durom Cup does not use a pseudo-cement adhesive to attach the metal components to the patient’s bone, but instead relies on a process by which the bone naturally fuses to the metal.

Zimmer hip failure forces one plaintiff into hip revision surgery

Plaintiff Walker, a 53-year-old former registered nurse, alleges that within months of undergoing Durom Cup surgery, she began to experience severe pain and lack of motion and flexibility in the new joint. When it was discovered that the artificial socket had not properly merged with Walker’s natural bone, she underwent several surgeries intended to correct device dislocation. None of these subsequent surgeries were successful in diminishing the extreme level of Walker’s pain and suffering. Finally, only one year after initially receiving the device, Walker had revision surgery to remove it. She continues to report leg and hip pain and an inability to return to her formerly active way of life.

Zimmer hip lawsuit also filed in Kentucky

Zimmer hip lawyers have filed a similar Zimmer hip lawsuit in Kentucky. Plaintiff Todd Lovelace was a 45-year-old truck driver who alleges to have experienced such intense, chronic pain after receiving his artificial Zimmer hip that he could no longer perform at his job, and was compelled to discontinue normal life activities such as hunting and motorcycling. As with plaintiff Walker in the Zimmer hip lawsuit in Florida, Lovelace ultimately was forced to undergo revision surgery.

First introduced in 2006, the Zimmer Durom Cup was temporarily withheld from the market by Zimmer in 2008 after a report suggested that up to 8% of patients who received the Durom Cup required removal within only two years of initial implantation. Zimmer later re-introduced the Durom Cup to the orthopedic market with new and more detailed surgical instructions. Approximately 12,000 patients have so far been implanted with the potentially defective device.