Defective hip replacement claims and lawsuits
Zimmer Holdings, producer of more orthopedic devices than any other U.S. company, released the Zimmer Durom Cup as an artificial hip replacement implant in 2006. Greg Jones Law has investigated and handled Zimmer Durom cup cases, helping clients receive compensation to recover damages.
The Dr. Dorr report—defective device
Surgeons implanted the cup in over 12,000 patients nationwide, only to discover that a high percentage of the devices were failing or cups were loosening.
In April 2008, a prominent California orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Larry Dorr, reported to the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) that out of 165 Durom Cup surgeries performed, 14 of his patients required revision surgery because of defective devices. While Zimmer had estimated a 5.7 percentage of failure, Dr. Dorr’s findings established a higher failure percentage rate. Dr. Dorr has been a successful orthopedic surgeon for more than 30 years.
Zimmer discontinued Durom cup sales and marketing efforts in May 2008 while claiming the device was not defective and that surgeons were not properly implanting the devices. Even if this were the case, Zimmer failed to provide adequate instructions and technical training so successful implantation could occur for every patient.
Lawsuits against Zimmer Holdings
Some patients who fully expected their Durom Cup implants to last the average 25 years of most hip replacements, required revision surgeries within two years after the implant. Many patients suffered pain and discomfort, along with a loss of income. Hip replacement surgeries are costly, with insurance companies paying an estimated $30,000 to $40, 000 per surgery.
Disgruntled surgeons whose practices were affected by Durom Cup failures, along with Zimmer Holdings shareholders, have filed lawsuits against Zimmer for failing to notify them sooner about Durom Cup issues.
Find out how Greg Jones Law can help
If you or a loved one had Durom Cup hip surgery and suspect the device was defective or you were required to have revision surgery or device removal, discuss your potential case with Greg Jones Law. You may be entitled to receive compensation. If you are unsure whether a Durom Cup was used, your surgeon would be able to inform you and provide medical records for your case.
Because deadlines exist for filing claims, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible.
Call 800-481-5707 or contact us online today. We do not charge for initial consultations. If there is no recovery, you owe no legal fees.