Hip Implant Manufacturer is Subject of Court Cases
Zimmer Holdings Inc., maker of the Durom Cup hip implant, will soon have to fend off lawsuits over the medical device when two trials begin, The National Law Journal said in a recent article.
The plaintiffs Christine Brady and Gary Kline each had the device implanted and then removed later, the law news website reported.
Brady’s case will be tried in a federal court in New Jersey before U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton, according to Reuters.
The newswire service also noted that the trial would center around claims that Zimmer’s hip replacement device was prone to slipping and could cause medical complications as a result.
In a study published in 2011, researchers concluded that the company’s hip system could indeed fail due to loosening.
In 2013, The New York Times wrote that an orthopedic specialist had warned his peers about a hip implant made by Zimmer. The specialist, Dr. Lawrence D. Dorr, said that the warning letter he had sent to surgeons had hurt his medical practice, the Times added.
The newspaper quoted him as saying: The first thing that a company does is to put out a campaign that a surgeon does not know how to operate.
In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notice stating that Zimmer Inc. was voluntarily recalling the Durom Cup due to inadequate surgical instructions for the implant.
Zimmer isn’t the only manufacturer whose metal-on-metal hip implants have been subject to a recall.
The FDA has published an online list of several recalled implants, including the ASR XL Acetabular System from DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., the metal liners for the R3 Acetabular System from Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics, and the Durom Cup from Zimmer.
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