Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Doctors Point Fingers at Zimmer in Hip Replacement Lawsuits
The Zimmer Durom Cup artificial hip is a metal-on-metal implant, which was designed as a more advanced form of a hip resurfacing system. The device is designed out of a single piece of material and is supposed to avoid problems associated with traditional hip replacement components, such as instability, limited range of motion and wear of the bearing. Shortly after Zimmer introduced the Durom Cup in the United States, concerns emerged about a high number of Zimmer hip implant failure involving the hip implant, where the component loosened and required revision surgery. A temporary Zimmer Durom Cup recall was issued in July 2008, so that parts could be redesigned and doctors could be retrained in how to use the implant.
Approximately 12,000 individuals had the Zimmer Durom Cup system implanted in their hip between 2006 and 2008. While Zimmer’s own estimates in 2008 suggested that some doctors have experienced failure rates as high as 5.7%, more recent claims made in Zimmer Durom Cup lawsuits suggest that the artificial hip failure rate is between 20% and 30%. In October 2008, Zimmer disclosed that they had set aside $47.5 million to settle Durom Cup claims, and they indicated during their fourth-quarter of 2008 earnings report that the reserves had been increased to $69 million. The $75 million reported this year appears to be in addition to that amount. Victims suffering from Zimmer hip failure are advised to contact an experienced Zimmer hip lawyer immediately.