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Zimmer Hip Lawsuit in California Claims Company Failed to Warn of Risks

Shay Morrigan | February 1st, 2012

California resident Douglas Thompson filed a Zimmer hip lawsuit on January 18, 2012, in the Superior Court of the state of California, county of Los Angeles. He claims that Zimmer’s Durom Cup hip implant is defective and resulted in his Zimmer hip replacement problems. He also alleges that the defendant, Zimmer, Inc., failed to warn the public about the serious risks associated with their device.

Details of lawsuit filed by Zimmer hip lawyer

Thompson, as represented by his Zimmer hip lawyer, claims that he was implanted with the Durom Cup on January 26, 2007 as a replacement for his right hip.

According to Thompson, a few years later, around February 1, 2011, he began to experience Zimmer hip replacement problems, specifically that the cup became compromised, causing him significant pain. He underwent total hip revision surgery on April 21, 2011.

Plaintiff claims company failed to warn of Zimmer hip replacement problems

Thompson’s lawsuit further alleges that the Durom Cup failed to perform properly when it became loose, causing a decrease in range of motion and flexibility, and an increase in pain and discomfort.

The plaintiff now believes the component parts were defectively designed and tested, and claims that the manufacturer failed to warn users and the general public that the implant’s defects could cause the device to prematurely fail.

According to the complaint, the company knew about reports of Zimmer hip replacement problems before his implantation, yet “ignored these complaints and notices about the dangerously defective Zimmer Durom Hip Cup.” The plaintiff further alleges that the defendants were aware or should have been aware that the Durom Cup would “likely cause injury and/or damages.”

Zimmer hip lawsuit not alone in claims

Thompson’s lawsuit, filed by his Zimmer hip lawyer, is not alone in its claims of Zimmer hip replacement problems. In 2008, Zimmer temporarily suspended sales of the Durom Cup to analyze reports of premature loosening and metal poisoning. The company returned the implant to the market three months later with updated surgical instructions, denying the Durom Cup had any defects.

In June 2010, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated federal Zimmer hip implant lawsuits into multidistrict litigation.  Since then, most federal cases filed with regard to the devices are either filed in or transferred to the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Thompson’s Zimmer hip lawsuit claims liability, negligence, and breach of warranties. The plaintiff seeks compensation to pay for medical costs, economic losses, and past and future pain and suffering.