Zimmer Hip Implant Lawsuit | Zimmer Hip Failure

Zimmer Hip Lawsuits Allege Negligence, Design Failure

Staff Writer | December 2nd, 2011

Plaintiffs who have filed a Zimmer hip implant lawsuit allege that they have experienced premature Zimmer hip failure, which can potentially result in severe pain, inflammation, restricted range of motion, metal poisoning, and revision surgery to replace the implant. Recipients who believe they have experienced some form of unusual Zimmer hip failure have consulted with a Zimmer hip lawyer to see if they might be eligible to file a lawsuit.

Zimmer hip failure provokes lawsuits

After a number of patients reporting Zimmer hip failure led to a growing number of plaintiffs choosing to file a Zimmer hip implant lawsuit, some in the medical community began to question whether or not a  recall might be in order. In response to the number of plaintiffs filing suit, the artificial hip maker chose in 2008 to issue a brief suspension of sales, during which time it re-packaged its Durom Cup implant with new and more detailed surgical instructions. Zimmer hip failure lawsuits brought by a Zimmer hip lawyer have continued to mount, however, even after the Durom Cup model’s re-emergence onto the market.

Joint maker creates Zimmer hip implant lawsuit settlement fund

Acknowledging the significant Zimmer hip failure lawsuit total, the joint maker announced in 2010 that it had set aside a “settlement fund.” $69 million was reportedly set aside in 2008 for settlement payouts to plaintiffs. The total Zimmer hip implant lawsuit settlement fund amount reportedly rose to $145 million by 2010.

Plaintiffs allege Zimmer hip failure

In official Zimmer hip implant lawsuit complaints, it is estimated that 12,000 Americans received the Zimmer Durom Cup hip implant between 2006 and 2008. While the majority of those hip implant recipients have not reported any symptoms of Zimmer hip failure, some patients who believe they have experienced Zimmer hip failure have felt compelled to seek the advice of a Zimmer hip lawyer. Plaintiffs who have gone on to hire a Zimmer hip lawyer contend that the Durom Cup design was defective and that the device manufacturer failed to adequately warn patients and doctors about the serious risks of Zimmer hip failure.

Though the Durom Cup hip was intended to fuse naturally to patients’ bones, many Zimmer hip implant lawsuit plaintiffs have alleged that “the Durom Cup implant resists bone growth and, as a result, instead of adhering to the bone, it comes loose and/or pops free from the hip.” Such symptoms have become the hallmark of Zimmer hip failure in that model.

Zimmer hip implant lawsuit plaintiffs enter MDL

In June 2010, multidistrict litigation (MDL) was formed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey to accommodate the growing number of plaintiffs who claim Zimmer hip failure.  The aim of this process is to streamline the complicated pretrial discovery process of each Zimmer hip implant lawsuit.  Judge Susan Wigenton continues to manage the MDL.