Nevada Plaintiff Claims Zimmer Hip Stem Broke, Seeks Damages
Nevada resident James Milligan filed a new Zimmer hip lawsuit on August 15, 2012. His case was initially proceeding in the Second Judicial District Court of Washoe County, Nevada, but the defendants later removed it to federal court in October 2012. It’s currently proceeding in the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada.
Milligan and his Zimmer hip lawyer seek to hold Zimmer, Inc. liable for injuries and Zimmer hip replacement problems Milligan suffered after being implanted with the Zimmer hip device.
Plaintiff claims Zimmer hip replacement problems
According to his Zimmer hip lawsuit, Milligan went through surgery on January 12, 2009. At the time, he was implanted with the Zimmer FullCoat, size 13 stem, Trilogy cup 64.
After surgery, Milligan states that he began experiencing significant pain that started to impact his daily life. On September 29, 2011, for the first time, he obtained an x-ray showing that the Zimmer FullCoat stem had actually broken. As a result, he had to go through a second surgery on December 5, 2011, to have the broken artificial hip joint replaced.
Zimmer hip lawsuit claims FullCoat stem is defective
Milligan’s Zimmer hip lawyer claims that the Zimmer FullCoat hip replacement was defective and unsafe. Because of the defendants’ conduct in designing and assembling the FullCoat stem, the plaintiff alleges he has suffered severe and permanent personal injuries. He is also expected to incur further medical expenses in the future.
According to Zimmer’s web site, the FullCoat hip system is the “first reduced-stiffness stem specifically designed to address all patient femoral anatomies to minimize implant-related complications such as thigh pain, stress shielding, and leg lengthening discrepancies. The innovative flexible composite stem closely mimics the bending stiffness of the bone.”
Other companies recalling stem components
It’s unclear at this point whether other patients have experienced similar problems with the Zimmer FullCoat stem. Other companies, however, who have marketed their hip device stems as “cutting edge” designs have also ended up defending lawsuits after these same stems injured patients. Stryker Orthopaedics, for example, who developed the modular stems used in the Rejuvenate and ABG II systems, recently recalled both of these systems because of reports of metal poisoning, premature implant failures, and corrosion.
Milligan seeks compensation to cover past and future medical expenses, general damages, and loss of income, as well as the cost of the Zimmer hip implant lawsuit.