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Patients who received the Zimmer Durom Cup hip replacement were told it could help them lead a healthy, active lifestyle—and go decades without needing additional surgeries. Instead, many of those patients found themselves with pain and a loosened hip replacement. This typically led to painful revision surgery, and in some cases, a lifetime of reduced mobility. A number of patients are now filing lawsuits, and many have already won settlement offers. If you or someone you love suffered after receiving a Zimmer Durom Cup implant, you don’t have to face the aftermath alone Talk to a Zimmer Durom Cup hip replacement lawyer.
John Foy & Associates can help you. For more than 20 years, we have built up our name as a leading injury law firm—with a long history of championing the rights of patients. We work exclusively for those who were injured or harmed, never siding with big medical. And we know how to win cases. We are currently investigating potential defective product claims related to the Zimmer Durom Cup hip replacement. Let us talk to you for FREE about your case. We charge nothing if we don’t recover money for you. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What Is the Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Replacement?
The Zimmer Durom Cup is a component for hip replacements manufactured by Zimmer, Inc. It serves as the upper portion for a metal-on-metal hip replacement system. Originally, it was designed to offer several benefits over other “cups” or hip replacement sockets:
- Expected to last longer without needing to replacement—potentially 15 to 20 years
- Ideal for younger patients and those with noninflammatory degeneration of the joint
- Intended for those with a more active lifestyle
Unfortunately, the new design also required new information for surgeons—and doctors have alleged that they were not given adequate instruction on how to implant this device. As a result, many patients have brought forward lawsuits because of serious health problems they claim were caused by the Zimmer Durom Cup.
What Problems Are Patients Alleging the Zimmer Durom Cup Caused?
Starting in 2008, a growing number of doctors brought forward complaints that the Zimmer Durom Cup was loosening in too many patients. This is a process where the hip replacement, which is supposed to be fixed firmly to the bone, starts to “wobble” or move slightly.
A loosening hip replacement can cause devastating health problems for patients, including:
- Intense pain in the groin region, especially when going from sitting to standing
- Pain that radiates down the leg toward the knee
- Difficulty walking
- In severe cases, the hip replacement may break, dislocate or become infected
When a hip replacement loosens, the only recourse is a “revision surgery” to try to correct it. The Orthopaedic Research Institute of St. George Hospital Campus states that, “Revision surgery, to correct a loose implant, is generally more difficult and takes longer to perform than the initial hip replacement.” It’s also incredibly painful, and many patients will never get back the range of motion that they had before the revision.
Did Zimmer Recall the Durom Cup Component?
This is a controversial question. When doctors first brought forward their concerns in early 2008, Zimmer downplayed the issue, but later agreed to investigate the problem. After reviewing data from more than 3,000 cases, Zimmer agreed that this implant requires more precision from surgeons than other hip replacements do, and that doctors needed more instructions and training. As a result, by July 2008 Zimmer suspended sales of the Durom Cup.
Zimmer, Inc. maintains that this is not a product recall. But the reason the product was pulled is clear. According to FDA filings, the instructions Zimmer gave surgeons were “inadequate” and the agency determined that the labeling was “False and Misleading.”
What Are My Rights As a Patient?
Patients have already brought forward successful lawsuits involving the Zimmer Durom Cup. One group of patients were offered a combined $314 million dollar settlement in 2016. But up to 12,000 people may have received the Durom Cup hip replacement in the United States, and more patients are still coming forward with hip replacement loosening, severe health complications, and other damages.
If you, or someone in your family, may have suffered from loosening of a Zimmer Durom Cup, you may be able to recover a substantial amount of money—including money for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and the personal losses you have suffered because of your hip replacement.
I had a Hip Replacement, But I don’t Know If the Zimmer Durom Cup Was Used. What Should I Do?
We’ve worked with many patients over the years who were not sure exactly what brand or model of medical device they were given, or whether it contained a specific component. The weeks leading up to hip replacement surgery are full of stress and big decisions—it’s normal to not remember this information. And it’s okay.
If you suffered symptoms of loosening after any hip replacement, our lawyers are happy to help you determine what device was used. In particular, the Zimmer Durom Cup was used from 2006 onward. Our legal team is fully capable of pulling the medical records to help you determine whether your device is implicated in any defective product allegations.
We don’t charge you anything unless we recover money for you. That means it’s truly risk free to talk to a lawyer and get the answers you need.
Talk to a Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Replacement Lawyer for Free
For most people, hip replacement revision leaves you with a lifetime of reduced mobility—and potentially severe pain. It also leaves you with bills. John Foy & Associates can help. Our experienced attorneys can help you determine if you have a defective product lawsuit. Let us give you a FREE consultation. Call 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.