Zimmer Durom Hip Replacement
REPRESENTING VICTIMS INJURED BY FAULTY DUROM CUP
The Zimmer Durom Acetabular Component (“Durom Cup”) was approved by the FDA in 2006 to be used in total hip replacement surgeries. Two years later, Zimmer suspended sales of the Durom Cup after receiving thousands of reports of patients experiencing painful complications as a result of the device.
DUROM CUP LINKED TO HIGH FAILURE RATES
In many of the documented cases, the hip replacement device failed to bond or fuse with the patient’s existing bone, causing the metal socket to loosen and separate. Patients fitted with the Durom Cup have reportedly experienced device dislocation requiring revision surgery and metallosis, a potentially deadly condition in which metal ions from the device enter the bloodstream and poison the surrounding tissue.
Over the two year period, more than 12,000 patients had the defective device implanted. Many surgeons during this period remarked that the Durom Cup was not only difficult to implant but prone to failure. One surgeon, a consultant for Zimmer, said that many of his patients required revision surgery following a Durom Cup implantation.
In 2008, after receiving 3,100 reports of device failure and complications, Zimmer temporarily suspended sales of the Durom Cup, claiming the instructions for use and surgical technique instructions were inadequate. Sales of the dangerous hip replacement component resumed in the United States before being discontinued entirely in 2010.
ZIMMER DUROM HIP REPLACEMENT COMPLICATIONS
Complications related to the Zimmer Durom Cup include:
- Hip pain or trouble walking
- Loosening of implant
- Component migration
- Hip replacement revision surgery
SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT REACHED FOR VICTIMS OF FAULTY DUROM CUP
In March 2016, Zimmer agreed on a settlement agreement to resolve lawsuits regarding their defective hip replacement component. Victims who required revision surgery were eligible to make a claim. Zimmer estimated that it would take $314 million to settle all currently pending claims. Plaintiffs’ awards depend on many different factors, including length of time with defective Durom Cup, lost wages, number of hip replacements, and revision surgeries.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED DEFECTIVE MEDICAL DEVICE LAWYER
If you were implanted with a faulty Zimmer Durom hip replacement component, you may be entitled to compensation. Let our experienced team of defective medical device attorneys help you determine if you have a viable injury claim. Our lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim and provide you with a free legal consultation. Thomas J. Henry has more than 25 years of experience representing victims of defectively designed pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices across the United States. Contact us today.