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Man Awarded $9.1M For Defective Zimmer Hip Implant

Update On Hip Replacement Litigation


Last week a Los Angeles jury awarded over $9 million to a man that had received a Zimmer Durom Cup hip implant in 2007 and had to have it removed a little over a year later due to failure of the hip replacement. Hundreds of other cases against the company because of its metal-on-metal hip implant are pending.

The plaintiff claimed that Zimmer was negligent in failing to warn the public about design defects in the Durom Cup hip replacement system which was removed from the US market in 2008.

Zimmer Biomet, which is based in Warsaw, Indiana, is only one of the companies currently being sued because of their hip replacement systems. Others include DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. and Stryker Corp.

DePuy and Stryker Settlement Programs

DePuy which is a unit of Johnson & Johnson, recalled their ASR XL Acetabular Hip Systems and ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems. After settling some of these metal-on-metal hip system cases ranging from $600K to over $8M DePuy has agreed to settle thousands of additional cases which could cost them over $4 billion with no cap to the settlement. They have set up 2 different settlement programs with varying amounts to be paid to eligible ASR patients in the US.

This settlement offer does not include DePuy’s Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip system. While patients have experienced similar results such as metal poisoning resulting in revision surgery, this system has not yet been recalled. Metal poisoning, or meatless can occur if the metal components deteriorate releasing metal ions or metal splinters. This metal debris can enter the bloodstream or surrounding tissues causing pain and swelling leading to failure of the implant and revision surgery.

Stryker has also agreed to pay over $1 billion to settle claims from patients fitted with either their Rejuvenate or ABG II Modular systems, both of which were voluntarily recalled. To be eligible for compensation, one must be a US citizen or resident and had revision surgery.

File Your Hip Replacement Claim Now Before It Is Too Late

If you have had a hip replacement and suffered an early failure resulting in additional surgery, or experienced infection in the hip joint after implant surgery, you may have a financial claim. Contact our hip lawsuit attorneys for your free evaluation immediately as there is a time limit to file your claim. Call 713-850-8600 or use the form on this page and a member of our legal team will contact you.

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