Alleged Durom Cup Failure Sparks Zimmer Hip Replacement Lawsuit
A Zimmer hip lawyer has filed a complaint on behalf of an Arizona resident who was implanted with a Durom Cup during a total hip arthroplasty in December of 2006. According to the Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit complaint, filed on March 27, 2012, plaintiff Alice L. Hoag’s surgery was initially successful and the hip prosthesis (marketed as the Zimmer Metasul Durom Acetabular Component) was properly placed by her orthopedic surgeons.
Arizona woman seeks compensation for Zimmer hip injuries
The prosthesis, also known as a Durom Cup, is a cup-shaped device made of a chromium and cobalt alloy that is designed to sit within the pelvis and fit the ball-shaped femoral head of the thigh bone. Even though the initial surgery went well, Hoag’s Zimmer hip lawyer reports that she soon began to experience extreme pain and weakness in her hip area, thus limiting her mobility and undermining her quality of life.
Her five-count Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit alleges that her injuries are due to inherent defects in the Durom Cup which were known to Zimmer but concealed from patients and medical professionals. She has requested that a jury hear her demand for compensation for Zimmer hip damages.
Are other patients demanding compensation for Zimmer hip problems?
According to the New York Times, over 1,600 complaints were filed with the FDA over alleged Durom Cup complications from 2007 to June of 2011. Since then, some patients have brought Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit filings in both state and federal courts.
Hoag’s complaint was filed in the Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles, which is handling other requests for compensation for Zimmer hip injuries.
Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit seeks multiple damages
In her Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit, Hoag suggests that alleged Durom Cup injuries can be caused by the failure of the metal component to fully attach to the pelvis. When it separates or loosens from the pelvis it moves freely in the hip socket and rubs against the bone, causing significant and crippling pain.
According to Hoag’s complaint, drafted by her Zimmer hip lawyer, the manufacturer failed to alert either patients or medical professionals of this alleged defect, thus misleading the public about the dangers posed by the device.
In her Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit, Hoag seeks compensation for Zimmer hip damages including pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, medical and hospital expenses, rehabilitative and pharmaceutical costs, and lost wages and earnings.