Zimmer Hip Replacement Lawsuit | Zimmer Hip Implants Problems

$388 Million Paid in Zimmer Knee Settlements Involving Durom Cup

Staff Writer | November 28th, 2012

Individuals who have suffered injuries as a result of defective Zimmer Durom Cup devices may be entitled to significant compensation, according to new information released by Zimmer Holdings.

According to a quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the hip device manufacturer has already paid $388.2 million in Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit settlements associated with the Durom Cup, and will likely spend another $230 million settling the remaining claims.

Reports show high rates of Zimmer hip failure

Between 2006 and 2008, an estimated 12,000 patients had the Durom Cup implanted in their hips. In 2008, Zimmer temporarily recalled the device due to doctors’ complaints of a 5.7% failure rate. Reports suggest that 20% to 30% of patients who received the implants suffered from serious Zimmer hip problems.

Common complaints indicate that the Durom Cup component loosens, and for many this required revision surgery to correct the issue and prevent further damage. Because of its metal-on-metal design, the Durom Cup is also linked to metal poisoning in the blood, a condition known as metallosis. Symptoms of metallosis include pain, death of tissue in the hip bone, and the loss of bone surrounding the hip implant area.

The device is still available on the market today, though it was re-released with detailed instructions for proper implantation by surgeons.

Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit

Numerous patients affected by the Durom Cup filed their complaints through the help of a Zimmer hip lawyer. Many are currently awaiting hearing as part of a multidistrict litigation proceeding in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. A multidistrict litigation (MDL) allows multiple plaintiffs with similar complaints to consolidate under one judge.

Unlike a class action suit, the court hears each case individually, and each plaintiff is able to seek individual compensation for pain, injuries and suffering caused by the defective product.Therefore, each person who has filed a Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit may be entitled to a unique settlement amount.