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Zimmer Durom Hip Implant Recall

Zimmer Durom Hip Defect Lawyers

The Zimmer Hip Implant lawyers at Zehl & Associates PC are offering free, no-obligation case evaluations to anyone who has suffered serious pain and loss of mobility following implantation of the Zimmer Durom cup hip implant. If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective Zimmer Durom hip implant, contact the Durom Cup implant lawyers at Zehl & Associates PC today by clicking here or calling our toll-free number.

The personal injury lawyers at Zehl & Associates PC represented over 20 clients across the country who received defective Zimmer Durom hip implants between 2005 and July 2008. Before contacting the medical malpractice injury lawyers at Zehl & Associates PC, many of our clients were unaware that they had a Zimmer Durom hip that needed to be surgically replaced. We not only informed them that they could obtain a revision surgery that would eliminate their constant pain, but we also assisted them in either filing lawsuits against or negotiating settlements with Zimmer’s manufacture to compensate them for their medical expenses and years of pain, suffering and physical impairment. Our firm has already successfully resolved a number of these claims with Zimmer, providing us with the experience and resources necessary to ensure that our clients receive a full and fair recovery through settlement or trial.

Common indicators of a defective Zimmer Durom hip include:

  • Intense Pain or Discomfort
  • Popping or Clicking Sounds
  • The Feeling that the Implant is Loose or Moving Around
  • The Inability to Support Weight

List of Defective Zimmer Durom Products

List of affected Zimmer product numbers cna be found here.

Zimmer Durom Cup Hip and Zimmer CR Flex Knee Implant Recall Lawyers

The Durom Cup, introduced to the American market in early 2006, was implanted in more than 12,000 patients during its 2 ½ years of use. The cup, known as a Durom Acetabuler Component, is made from a single block of cobalt chromium alloy. Zimmer’s Durom cup was designed for use in younger, more active patients who would most likely outlive other, more conventional hip implants. Unfortunately, a staggering number of these patients experienced significant pain and loss of mobility following the surgery. These excruciating problems can often only be solved by removing the defective cup during a revision surgery and replacing them with a new, functional prosthetic.

Zimmer Suspends Sales of Zimmer Durom Cup

In July of 2008, Zimmer Holdings, the manufacturer of the Durom cup, announced it was removing its product from the U.S. market due to the large number of patient complaints associated with the device. View the full background on status letter. Further, many of the patients initially fitted with the defective Zimmer Durom cup required an additional surgery, known as a revision surgery, soon after in order to live pain-free. See this recent article from The Journal Gazette to read about further questions of the future of defective devices, such as warranties on his and knees


Zimmer Refused to Acknowledge Durom Cup Problems

The first hint of trouble for the Zimmer Durom cup hip implant manifested in April of 2008 when Dr. Lawrence Dorr, a respected surgeon and well-paid consultant for Zimmer, publicly warned his fellow orthopedic practitioners about the high rate of Zimmer cup failures experienced by his patients. Following Dr. Dorr’s bold proclamation, numerous other surgeons began reporting similar problems with the Zimmer Durom cup hip implant in their patients.

Upon further investigation using x-ray imaging, Dr. Dorr and other surgeons like him began to realize that the Zimmer hip sockets were separating from the surrounding bone instead of fusing together with it. The resulting movement of the metal Durom cup against bone within the hip socket was causing horrible pain leaving many patients in worse shape than they were before the surgery.

Shockingly, Dr. Dorr had attempted to warn top Zimmer executives about his concerns regarding the Durom cup even earlier in 2008. Unfortunately, according to Dr. Dorr, his protests were completely ignored. In fact, Zimmer went even further and actively blamed Dr. Dorr and physicians like him for improperly implanting the devices, leading to the problems patients were experiencing. Just the idea that Zimmer would turn on its own consultant, an experienced and well-respected surgeon with more than 5,000 hip replacement procedures under his belt, is enough to raise serious questions about the company’s motives. Clearly, Zimmer is more concerned with making money than it is about the health and well-being of its customers. Contact the experienced attorneys at Zehl & Associates PC, today for a free consultation. With more than $150 million in verdicts and settlements in the past 2 years alone, the trial lawyers at Zehl & Associates PC have the knowledge and experience necessary to hold Zimmer accountable for its actions.

Zimmer Stops Sales of Durom Cup

After being ignored by profit-minded Zimmer executives, Dr. Dorr felt he had no choice but to go public in April of 2008 and openly express his concerns to a gathering of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Over a month later, Zimmer finally announced a formal investigation into Dr. Dorr’s complaint but refused to follow his recommendation that it stop sales of the Durom cup while the study was pending. As a result of this reckless course of action, nearly 1,300 more U.S. patients received the potentially defective Durom cup before the device was eventually removed from the market in July.

Even with the high rate of failure experienced by surgeons across the country during its 2 ½ years of use, Zimmer continues to insist that there is nothing wrong with the Durom Cup. In fact, Zimmer continues to blame any and all problems with the device on the operating physicians.

Contact an Experienced Zimmer Hip Defect Lawyer for a Free Consultation: our toll-free number or Click Here

If you or someone you love received one of these implants and suffered serious pain and loss of mobility, contact the Experienced Defective Hip Implant Lawyers at Zehl & Associates PC today for your free consultation. Our lawyers are currently representing over 15 clients across the country in claims against Zimmer and have the resources and experience needed to help you recover the damages that you’re legally entitled to receive.