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Zimmer Durom Cup Blamed for Metal Poisoning, Bone Damage

Shay Morrigan | September 17th, 2012

The Zimmer Durom Cup MDL in New Jersey continues to expand. Plaintiff Christopher Wilson, who originally filed his Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of New Mexico, recently had his case transferred to federal court in New Jersey.

Wilson, represented by his Zimmer hip recall lawyer, claims the Zimmer Durom Cup is defective, and demands compensation to cover his medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

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A citizen of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Wilson claims in his Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit that he was implanted with the Durom Cup on November 8, 2007. This was about a year prior to a brief suspension of sales of the device in 2008.

Wilson claims that not long after the initial implantation, he started to experience persistent pain and other symptoms. He went through extensive follow-up treatment and examinations to address the issues, but found no relief.

Finally, testing revealed possible loosening of the Zimmer Durom cup components within the hip implant system.

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In addition to tests and examinations on his hip, Wilson also underwent metal ion testing. Doctors have begun this type of testing in response to scientific studies that have shown metal-on-metal hip implants can deposit shards of cobalt and chromium into the tissues surrounding the implant. Results may include metal contamination, tissue damage and death, bone loss, and systemic illness.

Wilson’s testing revealed that he had unusually high levels of cobalt in his system. Additional testing revealed metal-on-metal particulate debris reaction, secondary to the hip implant.

As a result of these complications, Wilson underwent revision surgery on March 22, 2011, to have the allegedly defective Durom Cup removed and replaced.

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In July 2008, Zimmer, Inc. temporarily suspended sales of the Durom Cup to investigate reports of problems and defects with the device. Though the metal-on-metal design was originally intended to provide greater range of motion and to resist wear and tear, later reports indicated the opposite—that it was failing much sooner than metal-on-ceramic and metal-on-plastic counterparts.

Zimmer’s investigation, however, revealed no defects with the implant itself. The company executives concluded that any problems were caused by surgeon error, and re-released the device on the market with updated surgical instructions.

Meanwhile, patients like Wilson suffered extreme physical pain and suffering. In the complaint drawn up by his Zimmer hip recall lawyer, Wilson adds that he suffered damage to the adjacent tendons and bone from the metal debris. After the revision surgery, he suffered infection and blood clots.

He brings counts of design and manufacturing defect, failure to warn, negligence, and breach of warranties, and seeks compensatory and punitive damages.