As a Dallas Hip and Knee medical device product liability attorney I am providing this update regarding the Zimmer Durom Cup litigation involving premature hip replacement failure and the current DePuy metal on metal ASR hip replacement lawsuits.
For medical device makers, hip and knee replacements are increasing in the next few decades because of the surge in baby boomers. As a result we expect artificial hip and knees implant failures to increase.
In the Zimmer Durom Cup Product Liability Litigation, MDL NO. 2158, which is pending in the US District Court in Newark, New Jersey, the Court ordered all cases to proceed to mediation. Zimmer said they are anxious to settle for a “fair amount,” which will include lost wages and medical bills and revision (or replacement) surgery as a result of failed Zimmer hip. The first mediation started in San Francisco and mediations will follow nationwide so that the Zimmer victims can meet with Zimmer representatives.
The Durom Cup was implanted in more than 12,000 patients in the US between 2006 and 2008. In July 2008, Zimmer announced that it was temporarily suspending sales of the Durom Cup in the US, but denied any “evidence of a defect with its product.” The complaint alleges that the failure rate of the Durom Cup is between 20 percent and 30 percent and likely will climb much higher in the next few years.
Now we have litigation that has commenced with the DePuy metal on metal ASR hip replacements. These Johnson and Johnson metal on metal ASR hips also fail at an unacceptable rate. These cases have been consolidated in the Northern District of Ohio federal court MDL.
Information and commentary provided by Dallas Fort Worth Personal Injury Attorney Dr Shezad Malik. The Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm can be contacted in Dallas toll free at 888-210-9693 or in Fort Worth at 817-717-1772. If you or a loved one has been injured from a DePuy Hip or Knee replacement, please fill out our contact card for a free consultation.