Plaintiff’s Zimmer Hip Lawyer Calls Durom Cup “Unreasonably Unsafe”
A California woman has filed a lawsuit alleging that Zimmer’s Durom Cup hip implant caused her injuries. Los Angeles resident Maurilou Adams filed her complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey on May 21, 2012. New Jersey is the site of the consolidated Zimmer Durom Cup Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2158) that was established in June of 2010. Over the past two years, hundreds of plaintiffs have filed suit against Zimmer Holdings, Inc., alleging that the orthopedic-device manufacturer failed to warn patients or the medical community about the high risk of failure associated with its product.
Adams’ Zimmer hip lawyer asserts that the Durom Cup is “unreasonably unsafe” and that the manufacturer purposefully downplayed its flaws in an effort to increase profits.
New Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit added to MDL
The Durom Acetabular Component (“Durom Cup”) is a metal monoblock made from a chromium and cobalt alloy, with a coating of titanium plasma spray. It is intended to be pressed into place in the acetabulum (the cup-shaped cavity at the base of the hipbone into which the ball-shaped femur head fits) where it supposedly fuses with the patient’s bone.
Since the Cup is designed to fuse with the bone, it is not cemented or otherwise mechanically fixed in place. It was approved for use in U.S. total hip arthroplasty (hip replacement) procedures in 2006.
Concern developed about possible defects in the Cup’s design. It was found that the Cup can loosen and separate from the bone, causing significant pain and loss of mobility that could be remedied only through additional surgery (known as revision surgery), or hip replacement.
Two years after it was approved, Dr. Lawrence Dorr, an orthopedic surgeon and Zimmer consultant, announced that he would no longer use the Durom Cup in his patients due to its high failure rate. Later in 2008, Zimmer temporarily suspended sales of the Durom Cup until it could update the information associated with its implantation and use.
Lawsuit may lead to Zimmer hip settlement
According to her Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit, Maurilou Adams underwent a right hip arthroplasty in 2008, during which the Durom Cup was implanted. Following surgery, she allegedly began to suffer intense pain and discomfort in her right hip. According to her Zimmer hip lawyer, the pain was so severe that it interfered with her normal daily activities.
In 2011, she underwent revision surgery for what was described as a “loose acetabular implant with marked displacement.” According to Adams’ Zimmer hip lawyer, had she known of the defects associated with the Durom Cup, she would never have consented to its being used in her hip replacement. Though Adams has requested a jury for her Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit, the defendant may seek to settle her case before it reaches trial.