Karate Enthusiast Seeks Damages For Zimmer Hip Problems
In a new lawsuit, a plaintiff who has been a karate enthusiast for more than 20 years asserts that he must now must live with permanent pain and damage due to a series of Zimmer hip replacement problems. Plaintiff Michael Bishal, through his Zimmer hip lawyer, claims his hip implant caused him significant damage, to the extent where he had to undergo revision surgery to prematurely replace the device.
He brings forward claims of negligence, products liability, breach of express and implied warranties, fraudulent misrepresentation, and other statutory claims.
Zimmer hip replacement problems
According to the Zimmer hip lawsuit filed on July 9, 2012 in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, the plaintiff asserts that he selected Zimmer’s metal-on-metal Durom cup hip model due to his active lifestyle. Although he completed physical therapy after implantation, over time he began to experience pain and a grinding sensation in his hip. In 2010, he began to suffer from tinnitus, and in 2011, he tested for high levels of chromium and cobalt in his blood, resulting in fatigue, headaches and frequent and sometimes uncontrollable urination.
When the pain became agonizing, the plaintiff then elected to undergo total revision surgery. According to his medical record, his surgeon noted that he suffered from a “failed right total hip replacement with metal-on-metal reaction.” After the second surgery, he remains in pain and also suffers from difficulty balancing due to his right leg now being longer than his left leg, a permanent condition.
Case joins others filed by Zimmer hip lawyer
Plaintiffs seeking damages for Zimmer hip replacement problems have complained that the device was cleared for sale by the FDA in 2006 through a process called 510(k) review, which allows the health agency to expedite the process with limited review if the manufacturer can show that the device is “substantially similar” to a device already on the market.
Some patients who have experienced complications with the Durom Cup hip have consulted a Zimmer hip lawyer to assess the strength of their case.