California Plaintiff Claims Zimmer Should Have Recalled the Durom Cup
California resident Douglas Thompson filed a new Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit on January 18, 2012, in the Superior Court of the State of California in the County of Los Angeles. Thompson blames Zimmer for injuries he sustained after being implanted with the Zimmer Durom Cup hip device. He further claims that the Durom cup was defectively designed, and that Zimmer failed to institute a timely recall to replace the dangerous implant.
Plaintiff alleges Zimmer hip problems
According to the complaint drawn up by his Zimmer hip lawyer, Thompson underwent a total right hip arthroplasty on January 26, 2007. The procedure involved the removal of the plaintiff’s right hip and the installment of the Zimmer Durom Cup hip.
Several years later, around February 1, 2011, Thompson began to experience pain and other alleged Zimmer hip problems in his right hip. He asserts that despite the use of the implant as intended, the components of the cup became compromised in some fashion so that they failed to meet the standards of the industry. Thompson’s Zimmer hip lawyer states that the plaintiff underwent right revision total hip arthroplasty surgery as a result of the loose Zimmer Durom Cup on April 21, 2011.
Plaintiff: company was aware of defects causing Zimmer hip problems
In his Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit, Thompson states that the defendants knew of the danger of serious injury and component failure from the Durom Cup. Other plaintiffs who have filed similar lawsuits have noted that reports of Zimmer hip problems began shortly after the device was approved by the FDA in 2006. Zimmer argued that instances of device failure were rare, and were due to surgeon error.
The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons were eventually notified about higher than expected rates of Zimmer hip failure. Later that same year, Zimmer implemented a temporary suspension of sales to further investigate, but they re-released the product three months later with new instructions for surgeons.
FDA looks into reports of Zimmer hip problems
In March 2012, the FDA announced that it would review metal-on-metal implants like the Zimmer Durom Cup. The agency plans to listen to opinions of researchers, patients, and medical professionals concerning Zimmer hip problems, with the goal of ensuring continued reliable safety recommendations.
In addition to premature loosening, as claimed in Thompson’s Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit, other patients have also suffered from metal poisoning, as a result of the metal components rubbing against one another during normal wear and tear.
Thompson’s Zimmer hip lawyer bring counts of liability, negligence, and breach of warranties, and demand general and exemplary damages.