As a Zimmer NexGen LPS Lawsuit Attorney, I am providing this update.
Product liability lawsuits have been filed by individuals who experienced problems with Zimmer NexGen LPS knee replacements, alleging that they required revision surgery after the artificial replacement knee systems began to loosen or fail.
The Zimmer NexGen LPS knee lawsuits were filed by Angela Coleman, of Michigan, David R. Langevin, of Minnesota, and Barry Davis, of Kentucky. All three complaints involved knee replacements with Zimmer NexGen Legacy Posterior Stabilized (LPS) parts, which use a “high-flex” femoral component.
The Zimmer NexGen LPS “high-flex” components are designed to allow a greater degree of flexion than the standard femoral component. The plaintiffs allege that higher flexation places the knee replacement at a higher risk of loosening.
Plaintiffs indicate that the device maker created the impression that using the Zimmer NexGen knee was safe, despite knowledge of serious injuries associated with the components. According to allegations raised in the complaints, Zimmer understated the risk of problems with Zimmer NexGen LPS-Flex Gender Solutions.
According to a study published by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (British Edition) in 2007, researchers found that 38% of individuals implanted with a Zimmer NexGen LPS-Flex total knee replacement reported loosening shortly after 2 years post implant, with more than half of those individuals requiring knee revision surgery due to pain.
A Zimmer NexGen LPS recall was issued in September 2010, involving certain high-flex femoral components that were found to have nonconforming and inconsistent geometry. Over the past year, a number of patients throughout the United States have filed a Zimmer NexGen knee replacement lawsuit alleging that they experienced similar problems as a result of design defects associated with various components.
In March 2010, concerns were raised when Dr. Richard A. Berger, presented data that suggested problems with the Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex knee resulted in the need for revision surgery in nearly 9% of cases examined and caused knee replacement loosening in more than a third of cases. Most of the complaints filed in recent months over the Zimmer knee replacements have been Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex lawsuits.
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 Zimmer NexGen LPS knee replacement, please fill out our contact card for a free consultation.