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Zimmer Hip Implant Lawsuit Details Troubles with Two Durom Cups

Shay Morrigan | January 19th, 2012

South Carolina residents Sharon and Brad Wolf, represented by their Zimmer hip lawyer, filed a Zimmer hip implant lawsuit on July 13, 2011 in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Greenville division. The case was later ordered transferred to the current Zimmer Durom Cup multidistrict litigation (MDL) in New Jersey on September 23, 2011.

Plaintiffs in Zimmer hip implant lawsuit claim Durom Cup defective

According to this Zimmer hip implant lawsuit, Mrs. Wolf went through total hip replacement surgery on June 25, 2007, when she was 55 years old. Her doctor implanted the Zimmer Durom Cup device into her right hip at that time. Following the operation, however, according to her Zimmer hip lawyer, she began to experience pain.

Though Zimmer has never issued a comprehensive Zimmer Durom Cup recall, around July 2008 the manufacturer temporarily suspended sales of the Durom Cup for a few months. During this time, according to claims made in Wolf’s Zimmer hip implant lawsuit, the company made no attempt to correct any design flaws or amend the defective materials in the implant.

Plaintiff receives second Durom Cup implant

According to her Zimmer hip implant lawsuit, on February 23, 2009, plaintiff Wolf went through a second total hip replacement surgery on her left side, where her surgeon implanted the Durom Cup once again, allegedly unaware of any potential problems with the device. It wasn’t until December 16, 2010, when Wolf saw Dr. Byron P. Marsh, did she first become aware of possible problem with the product itself.

According to her Zimmer hip implant lawsuit, Dr. Marsh recommended revision surgery. On February 3, 2011, Wolf had her left Zimmer Durom Cup implant replaced. The surgeon found it was loose without any of the expected boney ingrowth necessary to achieve permanent fixation to the hipbone.

On May 12, 2011, Wolf went through another revision surgery to have her right hip implant replaced as well.

Zimmer hip lawyer explains cases of premature loosening

In her lawsuit, Wolf’s Zimmer hip lawyer notes that the design of the Durom Cup “prevents the cup from seating properly in the socket portion of the hip.”

The Zimmer hip implant lawsuit also states, “…the design of the Durom Cup causes the cup to separate from the bone rather than adhere to the bone, causing pain.”

This Zimmer hip implant lawsuit was deemed appropriate for the MDL in part because the plaintiffs’ Zimmer hip lawyer has demanded damages in excess of $75,000. (Mr. Wolf claims loss of consortium.) Mr. and Mrs. Wolf are seeking actual damages and punitive damages.