Zimmer Hip Replacement Lawsuit

Zimmer Hip Replacement Lawsuit

Unfortunately, the Durom Cup was temporarily pulled off the market when numerous reports of complications began to surface, forcing many injured patients to file a Zimmer hip replacement lawsuit in the hopes of recovering financial compensation. At The Sanders Firm, our legal team advocates for the rights of those who have suffered injuries from defective products.

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The Sanders Firm offers first class legal representation to victims of all defective products, and we are prepared to go the distance in cases against Zimmer Holdings who indicated in a report to investors in November 2012 that the company expected to pay out as much as $600 million to settle claims arising from the Durom Cup. This money rightfully belongs to recipients of  Zimmer hip replacements who can prove that their injuries were caused by the manufacturer’s products. Let us help you recover what you deserve.

The Sanders Firm offers more than 46 years experience pursuing legal recourse against manufacturers of defective metal devices. Call today at 1.800.324.7752 to schedule your free consultation to determine whether you are eligible to file a claim.

Dangers of metal-on-metal hip implants

Metal-on-metal hip replacement systems were marketed primarily to younger consumers as a longer-lasting alternative that could provide a broader range of motion and more flexibility than traditional replacement joints. As many as 10 percent of all hip replacement procedures between 2006 and 2009 used MoM products and the majority of these procedures were performed on individuals aged 50 or younger. In fact, for patients within this age group, nearly half of all surgical hip replacement or revision procedures used metal-on-metal components.

Several of the metal-on-metal systems, including those produced and sold by Zimmer Holdings Inc., came to the market after going through the FDA’s 501(K) clearance process. This is a simpler, expedited approval process that permits the sale of a product with limited or no dedicated human testing. This is permitted because the product is considered very similar to existing medical devices on the market. The absence of testing, however, may have resulted in dangerous products being released onto the market.

In July of 2008, Zimmer suspended sales of the Durom Cup because of a high rate of reported failures of the product. Though not technically a hip recall, the company subsequently determined that it was surgeons who were to blame for any problems and that the Durom Cup was not defective. After updating the surgical instructions, the product was re-released.

Many medical experts, however, believe that this product and other Zimmer hip components are still not safe. Larry Dorr, the director of the Institute for Arthritis Research and Education, identified a high failure rate among certain Zimmer products including the Durom Cup. Instead of lasting 15 years as promised, the devices were failing quickly and making revision surgery necessary. Dorr alerted the FDA and Zimmer to the failure rate but the company continues to market and sell hip replacement products despite evidence of serious Zimmer hip complications.

Zimmer hip replacement lawsuits consolidated

Patients who are harmed by medical devices like Zimmer hip implants have legal rights. Zimmer Durom Cup lawsuits have been consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. MDL coordinates similar civil cases before a single judge for pretrial proceedings. That judge can then issue rulings that are applicable to all pending claims, thus allowing cases to be handled more expediently.

MDLs are appropriate when plaintiffs have been harmed by a similar damaging product but have experienced different types of health problems as a result. For some plaintiffs who’ve brought a Zimmer hip lawsuit, the problem is a failure of the Durom Cup to adhere to the bone and remain in place, resulting in unexpected movement of the hip joint. For others, metallosis may occur. Metallosis is a type of metal poisoning that happens when the components rub against each other, releasing tiny fragments of chromium and cobalt, which can contaminate the body.

At The Sanders Law Firm, Success Is A Tradition

Founded in 1967, The Sanders Law Firm has flourished into one of New York’s most successful personal injury practices, with an accomplished team of attorneys, paralegals, health care consultants, and support staff. Our trial attorneys take new cases on a contingency basis, which means there is no cost to the client unless we secure monetary damages on your behalf.

Our personal injury law firm continues to make its industry-leading legal services even better, and hire attorneys and staff that enable us to serve a more diverse population.

At The Sanders Firm, there is never any charge to evaluate your case. We have helped thousands of injured clients throughout New York City, Long Island, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island, and we’re prepared to help you too. In just the last five years we have procured over $100 million dollars on behalf of our clients, thanks to our vast resources and experienced attorneys. Our personal injury law firm continues to make its industry-leading legal services even better, and hire attorneys and staff that enable us to serve a more diverse population.

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