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Zimmer Durom Cup Lawsuit Filed in Louisiana

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A Louisiana resident filed a federal lawsuit against device maker Zimmer claiming the company’s hip replacement product was defective. On June 21, Francoie Stephens filed a suit in federal court in New Orleans alleging the Zimmer Durom hip replacement device caused “rising levels of cobalt chromium contamination from deterioration,” reported the Louisiana Record.

In 2007, Stephens underwent hip replacement surgery and within three years was stricken with various health issues due to the Durom device. The plaintiff required revision surgery in 2011 and is seeking damages for pain and suffering from the company.

The complaint states Zimmer failed to inform Stephens of the problems associated with the device and is negligent in designing, manufacturing and distributing the device “while it contained one or more defects that made it unreasonably dangerous and unfit…”

The Durom device is made of cobalt chromium alloy and is designed to be used with another component manufactured by the company. Since its 2006 debut in the U.S., over 12,000 patients have received the device.

In July 2008, Zimmer announced it was suspending sales of the replacement product due to a high number of patient complaints. Several patients claimed the device caused them to suffer from severe pain and left them in a more disabled state than prior to the replacement surgery.

This is not the first suit Zimmer faces regarding its replacement devices.

Earlier this year, three lawsuits were filed against the company for their knee implant system NexGen Legacy Posterior Stabilized. Knee implant recipients required revision surgery shortly after replacement surgery due to the device becoming loose or failing. The complaint alleges Zimmer portrayed the device as safe but had prior knowledge of serious injuries associated with the component.

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