Zimmer Hip Problems | Zimmer Hip Implant Lawsuit

More Cases Alleging Zimmer Hip Problems Added to MDL

Shay Morrigan | October 11th, 2011

Between October 4-5, more new cases alleging Zimmer hip problems were either filed or transferred to federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey. Though the first bellwether trial isn’t scheduled to go to court until 2012, more victims continue to come forward to file a Zimmer hip implant lawsuit, steadily expanding the number of cases falling under the supervision of Judge Madeleine Cox Arleo.

Increase in the number of Zimmer Hip implant lawsuit filings

A Zimmer hip lawyer would likely not be surprised that more victims have filed a Zimmer hip implant lawsuit, considering the fact that the number of adverse event reports made to the FDA about metal-on-metal hip implant devices like the Zimmer Durom Cup has soared in 2011. According to a report in The New York Times, the FDA received 5,000 such reports so far, more than the previous four years combined.

Zimmer Hip problems lead to lawsuits

A Zimmer hip implant lawsuit is likely to claim injuries like device dislocation, early hip implant failure requiring hip revision surgery, and metal poisoning. The all-metal components may rub together during regular wear and tear, gradually releasing small metal ions of cobalt and chromium into the patient’s tissue and bloodstream, potentially causing fatigue, vision and hearing problems, vertigo, problems with balance and memory, and more.

One Zimmer hip implant lawsuit transferred

Though at least four cases were filed directly into the MDL, one case—plaintiff Willie Brunson, Jr.—was transferred from the Southern District of New York. Mr. Brunson’s case was originally filed June 21, 2011, but was then transferred October 5, 2011.

Zimmer Hip implant lawsuit settlements

Though the company reached Zimmer hip implant lawsuit settlements in several MDL cases early in 2011, seven remained as “non-settled” cases in May, and these started the ball rolling in the MDL pre-trial process. Bellwether cases have not yet been chosen, however.

Zimmer Hip problems surface over time

Zimmer temporarily suspended sales of its Durom Cup in 2008, after which several people filed a Zimmer hip implant lawsuit. Why have more people come forward now, in 2011, to hire a Zimmer hip lawyer? Most likely the reason is that it takes time for people implanted with the device to realize the problems they’re having, and to make the connection with the allegedly defective device.

FDA requests postmarket study to track Zimmer Hip problems as well as other manufacturers

The FDA’s request on May 6, 2011, for all manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip devices to conduct postmarket surveillance studies on metal poisoning and early failure rates also created more awareness of potential Zimmer hip problems. The agency expects that data from the studies will shed more light on the safety profiles of these products.

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether or not Mr. Brunson’s Zimmer hip lawyer might be able to obtain an out-of-court settlement with the company. When the date for the first bellwether trial is set, Zimmer may decide to reserve even more funds for settlements to avoid continued bad publicity.