Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Zimmer Hip Lawyers Busy With Suits

A number of patients who have received Zimmer Durom Cup hip implants have noticed significant problems associated with the device, and have therefore decided to file suit against the orthopedic manufacturing company. The number of Zimmer lawsuits continues to grow as time wears on, and most of the cases involve some kind of Zimmer hip revision surgery, a second surgery intended to fix problems associated with the initial hip implant system. This surgery can not only be financially taxing for a patient, but can also come with a number of risks that are not present in the initial surgery, including an increased healing time and additional risk of infection and complications due to tissue and bone degradation.

The number of Zimmer hip lawsuits has grown to the point that many of them have been consolidated in multidistrict litigation, which is being overseen by Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer in the Northern District of Illinois. There are also a number of hip implant lawsuits dealing with other Zimmer products, including the Zimmer VerSys Hip System with femoral head and femoral stem. Hip implant failure and problems with hip implant devices usually manifest with symptoms that can include pain, trouble walking, trouble getting up from a seated position, and other complications that can reduce a patient’s ability to function normally in their day to day life.

Plaintiffs Seek Compensation for a Variety Reasons

Plaintiffs in Zimmer lawsuits are seeking damages that can help cover medical costs and other costs associated with the injury, such as wages lost due to an inability to work or work at the same level the patient was able to before. In addition, punitive damages will likely be brought against the company in order to provide them with some sort of punishment for endangering the welfare of patients.

Metal poisoning is an additional concern when it comes to metal-on-metal hip replacement systems—or all metal-on-metal joint replacement systems, for that matter. It occurs when the two components grate against one another within the body, sloughing off shreds of metal. This can lead to tissue inflammation and other side effects and symptoms that can reduce a patient’s quality of life.