Origins of Zimmer Hip Litigation Date Back Years
Zimmer hip implant lawsuit plaintiffs allege to have suffered serious injuries after being implanted with the Durom Cup hip implant. Some have reached out to a Zimmer hip lawyer to gauge their eligibility to seek compensation for Zimmer hip complications. The history of alleged injuries linked to the Durom Cup device dates back several years. In 2007 – just one year after the device was introduced on the U.S. market — a prominent orthopedic surgeon voiced his concern about possible side effects.
Concerns precede the first Zimmer hip implant lawsuit
As a consultant to Zimmer, Dr. Lawrence Dorr began implanting the Durom Cup in his patients shortly after the device was introduced in the U.S. in 2006.
According to Dr. Dorr, he reported his concerns about the number of patients experiencing complications, such as those that have formed the basis of a Zimmer hip implant lawsuit, to representatives of the manufacturer. Dr. Dorr also reportedly alerted other orthopedic surgeons to the potential complications associated with the Durom Cup device, including premature dislocation and the need for hip revision surgery to replace the device.
Zimmer hip implant lawsuit cites lack of clinical trials
In a Zimmer hip implant lawsuit filed last year in district court for the District of Alaska (Darling v. Zimmer, et al.), the plaintiff’s Zimmer hip lawyer states that manufacturer received FDA clearance for the Durom Cup device through the 501(k) process. Referred to in the plaintiff’s complaint as the “me too” application process, the 501(K) process may be used by a company to avoid clinical trials by showing that the device in question is similar to other devices already sold on the market.
According to the complaint of that Zimmer hip implant lawsuit, Zimmer used this 501(K) process to get the Durom Cup on the market without the delay or expense of performing studies prior to distribution.
The Zimmer hip lawyer also asserts that the failure rate of the Durom Cup is estimated to be as high as 24 percent, or much higher than comparable hip implant devices produced by other manufacturers, or other products made by Zimmer.
Plaintiffs in a Zimmer hip implant lawsuit who claim that their device sustained early failure allege side effects such as serious pain and reduced mobility. Some allege, through their Zimmer hip lawyer, that they have required hip revision surgery – an expensive and risky procedure – to correct joint loosening or dislocation.
Plaintiffs continue to consider filing a Zimmer hip implant lawsuit
Though Zimmer chose to suspend sales of the Durom Cup for a brief three-month period in 2008 to investigate reports of device malfunction, it released the implant back on the market. Zimmer claims it found no evidence of a design defect in the hip, and attributes instances of early failure not to problems with the device, but instead to poor technique on the part of surgeons.