On March 12, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Class II recall for all lots and sizes of the Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate knee implant. A Class II recall is issued when a product or device can “cause temporary or medically reversible adverse health consequences.”
Zimmer initiated the voluntary recall after an increase in complaints of radiolucent lines and loosening. When loosening of the tibial plate occurs in a knee replacement, patients can experience severe pain, which requires revision surgery. Over 11,000 Zimmer tibial plates were implanted in patients across 25 states.
Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Implant Recall
This isn’t the first time Zimmer has been forced to recall one of its faulty medical devices. In 2008, the company recalled its Durom Cup hip implant after recipients experienced hip replacement failure within five years of surgery. A 2011 study found that up to 15 percent of patients who received this implant required revision surgery.
Another recall for Zimmer’s NexGen® MIS™ Tibial Components occurred in 2010 and affected nearly 70,000 patients. Once again, patients complained of early device failure.
Zimmer Medical Device Lawsuits
Hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Zimmer claiming the company knew their devices had design defects, but they continued to market and sell them for monetary gain. Some of the lawsuits also claim Zimmer engaged in false advertising and negligence.
In Illinois District Court, over 1,000 patients are suing Zimmer for defects associated with its NexGen knee replacement components. The drug manufacturer has also paid over $400 million in settlements to people who experienced injuries from the Durom Cup hip implant.
Plaintiffs in these lawsuits are seeking reimbursement for their past and future medical bills, costs for rehabilitation and in home care, costs for lost wages, damages for permanent disability, and reimbursement for pain and suffering.
Defective Medical Device Attorney
While medical devices, like Zimmer’s Durom Cup hip implant, are meant to improve the lives of those suffering from debilitating diseases such as arthritis, medical device manufacturers rush them onto the market instead of conducting rigorous research and testing. Zimmer and other medical device manufacturers should be held responsible for their blatant disregard of the general public.
If you received a defective Zimmer medical device implant, you have legal options. Don’t be afraid to fight for your rights if you have been seriously injured as a result of a defective medical device. If a manufacturer is found responsible for your personal injuries, they will also be responsible for providing you the compensation you deserve.
If you have experienced the failure of your Zimmer Durom Cup hip replacement or the Zimmer Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate, we can help you seek reimbursement for your pain and suffering. We do not imply that all Zimmer products are defective, but it can be determined through our comprehensive injury investigation. You may be entitled to recover damages against Zimmer if you have been injured. Contact defective medical device attorney Christopher Dixon to discuss your case by calling, (314) 409-7060 or Toll-Free at 855-55-BAD-DRUG.
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