New Jersey Residents File Zimmer Hip Replacement Lawsuit in NY
On November 13, 2012, Edward and Patricia Goodman filed a Zimmer hip implant lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The complaint names manufacturer Zimmer, Inc. as defendant. According to the plaintiffs’ Zimmer hip lawyer, Edward Goodman received a defective hip system that caused him to experience Zimmer hip replacement problems requiring a total hip replacement. The New Jersey residents request multiple damages.
Zimmer’s Durom Cup utilized in total hip replacements
Approximately 442,000 patients in the United States undergo a total hip arthroplasty, or total hip replacement, every year. The surgery is designed to help relieve pain and improve joint function in people with severe hip degeneration due to arthritis or trauma. Specifically, Zimmer’s Durom Cup is a metal monoblock CoCrMo alloy cup with a titanium coating, and is intended for press-fit fixation in the acetabulum – the cup-shaped cavity at the base of the hipbone and into which he ball-shaped head of the femur fits. The Durom Cup is not cemented or screwed into place during surgical implantation, but rather the patient’s bone is intended to bond to the implant.
Zimmer hip lawyer cites 8% early failure rate for Durom Cup
According to the Goodmans’ Zimmer hip lawsuit, the Durom Cup is defective. Their Zimmer hip lawyer cites an 8% early failure rate, as reported in April 2008 by Dr. Lawrence Dorr, and a July 2008 temporary product recall. Although the defendants denied that the Durom Cup was defective in its manufacture and design, Zimmer did admit that, “additional surgical technique instructions and training are necessary in the United States, and we strongly recommend that U.S. surgeons stop implanting the Durom Cup until receiving such training.” According to Zimmer, the early revision rate was nearly 6%.
Zimmer hip implant lawsuit requests punitive damages
On August 22, 2007, Edward Goodman was implanted with a Durom Cup. According to his Zimmer hip implant lawsuit, Goodman suffered, and continues to suffer serious bodily injury and harm, as well as the financial burden of medical expenses to treat his injuries and condition. On September 30, 2011, the plaintiff underwent revision surgery to replace his Durom Cup with a total hip prosthesis.
The Goodmans’ lawsuit levels counts of failure to warn, defective design, breach of express and implied warranties, loss of consortium, and consumer fraud. They request punitive damages, as well as actual compensatory damages, pre- and post-judgment interests, and other costs and expenses associated with their case.
- FDA cites Zimmer for hip replacement manufacturing shortfalls. http://www.fiercemedicaldevices.com/story/fda-cites-zimmer-hip-replacement-manufacturing-shortfalls/2012-10-02
- Zimmer’s hip takes a hit. http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20090608/BIZ/306089936