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Woman Files Lawsuit Over Zimmer NexGen Knee Femoral Component Injury

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A woman from Tennessee has filed a lawsuit over her injury linked to the Zimmer NexGen LPS-Flex Femoral knee device. The plaintiff is from Tennessee and claims her total knee arthroplasty with the Zimmer NexGen device caused her serous harm.

The complaint names Zimmer, Inc., Zimmer Holdings, Inc., and Zimmer Orthopaedic Surgical Products, Inc. as defendants in the case which left the woman in significant and debilitating pain ever since she received the Zimmer NexGen device.

The complaint points out that NexGen’s “high-flex” femoral component, while allowing broader flexion than other femoral components, put the knee at increased risk of loosening, according to studies that have found this to be the case with knee implants with greater flexion. It is this loosening that causes severe pain and bone wear, which can limit one’s ability to accomplish daily tasks and can lead to terrible, even unbearable, pain. When the pain becomes too consistently intense, patients loose knee function and must undergo painful, complex revision surgery to remove the defective device and be implanted with a new device.

The plaintiff in this lawsuit is being represented by the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP.

Revision surgery does not always return the knee to full range of motion and complete walking capacity and can lead to increased loosening, as well. In this case, according to the complaint, the plaintiff is expected to continue to suffer injury and harm and the related medical expenses to treat these conditions.

The lawsuit, filed by the national law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, notes that most knee replacements—85 to 90%—should remain for successful up to one decade. That was not the case here. The complaint also claims that neither the plaintiff nor her physician were ever advised or warned about the increased loosening risk known to be a factor with the Zimmer NexGen Knee.

Zimmer has been named in numerous nationwide lawsuits concerning an array of NexGen knee components, including Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex femoral components, Zimmer NexGen MIS tibial components, and Zimmer NexGen LPS-Flex femoral components. Each of the lawsuits involve allegations that patients suffered such significant problems as a result of receiving these Zimmer devices that many have had to undergo painful revision surgery.

A fairly new study, conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic, found that NexGen Knee replacement products that used a specific tibial component, could lead to implant destruction in some patients, said NewsInferno.

Last August, all federal NexGen Knee Replacement component lawsuits filed in federal courts were centralized in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. This December, Zimmer attorneys filed a motion seeking the centralization of New Jersey state lawsuits involving certain NexGen Knee components in Middlesex County, which they say is the least congested venue and centrally located for all parties.

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