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Zimmer Hip Lawyer Alleges Defective Implant Caused Femur Fractures

Ava Lawson | October 23rd, 2012

On September 21, 2012, Marcia and Peter Schenone filed a complaint against Zimmer, Inc. claiming an implanted defective hip device caused femur fractures, which required emergency revision surgery. The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (Jacksonville), by the Florida couple’s Zimmer hip lawyer.

According to the Zimmer hip lawsuit complaint, plaintiff Marcia Schenone was implanted with the Zimmer Trilogy hip device in February 2005. A little more than three years later, on December 31, 2008, Schenone was showering when the Trilogy constrained liner fractured, resulting in a dislocated hip. This Zimmer hip failure required another surgery to remove the broken plastic liner as it had splintered in two places.

Schenone is seeking financial compensation for the pain, suffering and revision surgeries she underwent as a result of her Zimmer hip implant.

Zimmer Hip Lawyer Says Defective Trilogy Constrained Liner to Blame

Zimmer Holdings, Inc. designs, produces, markets and sells orthopedic reconstructive hip implants, and enjoyed more than $1.2 million in hip system sales in 2008. In recent years, hundreds of patients implanted with their artificial hip systems have sought legal action after suffering excruciating injuries and complications that necessitated further surgeries.

In this particular case involving the Trilogy hip device, the alleged  failure of the plastic constrained liner ultimately required more than 6 revision surgeries to address the damage to the plaintiff’s hip and leg.

As an alleged direct consequence of the faulty implant, Schenone has spent nearly two and a half years in extreme pain, relying on a wheelchair or walker, while her hip and leg fractures continue to heal. Her Zimmer hip lawyer states that the shattering and failure of the Trilogy hip system have “hampered the plaintiff’s ability to reasonably function in both her daily and business life, have caused her continual pain and suffering, and will continue to do so in the future.”

No Trilogy Zimmer Hip Recall

Zimmer, Inc. filed a report with the Security Exchange Commission (SEC) in October of 2012 that included a warning from the FDA that Zimmer’s Puerto Rico manufacturing facility was out of compliance. It is likely that this FDA warning will be cited in future Zimmer hip lawsuit complaints, many of which claim the Trilogy artificial system is defective by design.

The company has not issued a recall of its Trilogy replacement systems.

Schenone levels multiple counts against the hip manufacturer including strict liability, negligence, breach of express and implied warranty, and loss of consortium.