Zimmer Hip Lawsuit in Ohio Alleges that Device “Cracked and Split”
Plaintiff Gregory Lipina, represented by his Zimmer hip lawyer, seeks compensation for injuries caused by Zimmer hip implant problems. His case was originally filed in state court, but will soon be transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
Lipina claims that his implant “cracked and split apart,” causing him much pain.
Zimmer hip lawsuits consolidated in Ohio
Lipina’s Zimmer hip lawyer filed his original complaint on December 22, 2011 in the Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga County, Cleveland, Ohio. Lipina is a resident of Ohio. He named Zimmer, Inc. as the sole defendant.
Shortly thereafter, Zimmer filed a notice of removal on January 27, 2012 on the basis of diversity of citizenship and amount in controversy (over $75,000).
Zimmer hip lawyer describes Zimmer hip implant problems
In the complaint drawn up by his Zimmer hip lawyer, Lipina claims to have received his Zimmer hip implant on April 4, 2000 at the University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. About nine years later, on December 20, 2009, he claims that while reclining on the couch, he experienced Zimmer hip implant problems. Namely, he felt a sharp pain and heard a popping sound in his left hip.
After seeking medical attention for his Zimmer hip implant problems, Lipina states that he went through revision surgery on January 26, 2010, to remove the original implant.
One of many Zimmer hip lawsuits seeking compensation
Lipina’s Zimmer hip lawyer alleges that the implant’s “design or formulation did not properly conform to the applicable public and/or private standards in effect when the product left Zimmer’s control.” The complaint further alleges that the product was defective, causing Lipina to suffer bodily injury, harm and pain and suffering.
As in other Zimmer hip lawsuits, the plaintiff is suing for product liability, defect in design or formulation, failure to warn, breach of warranties, negligence, and more, and seek both compensatory and punitive damages.
In June 2010, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated federal Zimmer hip lawsuits claiming Zimmer hip implant problems from the Durom Cup to the District Court of New Jersey.