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Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Implant MDL Continues to Grow

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California resident Therese Gonzales has joined multidistrict litigation in New Jersey District Court with a lawsuit against Zimmer Holdings Inc. over the metal-on-metal hip replacement device Durom Cup alleging the device was defectively designed and that it fails prematurely.

According to the lawsuit, in 2006 and 2007, Gonzales received a right total hip replacement, and then a left, respectively, with both hip being replaced with Zimmer Durom acetabular cups. Afterwards, Gonzales began to have pain and experience what her attorney calls side effects “consistent with loosening of the acetabular cups used her hip replacements.”

The lawsuit says that Gonzales has undergone revision surgery on her right hip, during which the surgeon discovered the cup was “obviously loose.” She will also have revision surgery on her left hip at some point in the future.

The lawsuit seeks more than $75,000 for physical impairment, disfigurement, pain, suffering, and medical expenses. The lawsuit also seeks punitive damages saying, “Defendant had actual, subjective awareness of the risk involved, but nevertheless proceeded with conscious indifference to the rights, safety, or welfare of others.”

The FDA approved the Zimmer Durom Cup for use in total hip replacements in 2006; however, the approval is not for hip resurfacing. Zimmer stopped marketing the device in 2008 while investigating issues with the device, and finding that surgeons were not trained well enough to install the device, while the FDA said that “instructions for use/surgical technique instructions were inadequate.” The device was brought back to the market three months later. disclaimer: This article: Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Implant MDL Continues to Grow was posted on Monday, April 16th, 2012 at 8:12 pm at and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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