Defective Medical Products Comments Off on Jury Awards $9.1 Million In Defective Hip Implant Lawsuit
A Los Angeles jury has awarded $9.1 million to a man who received a Durom Cup hip implant made by Zimmer.
According to a report in Lawyers and Settlements, the product defect lawsuit alleged that Zimmer was aware of the design defect in its hip implant, which is reported to cause bone and tissue damage in patients who receive them leading to pain and replacement surgeries.
Lawsuit Alleged Defective Design
The Zimmer Durom Cup was implanted in about 13,000 patients before it was removed b the U.S. market in 2008. In 2007, the plaintiff in this case, Gary Kline, received the defective product. He had to get it removed just 15 months later.
According to the lawsuit he filed against the medical device manufacturer, Kline endured two traumatic surgeries in 15 months that cause scar tissue and muscle damage.
The jury found Zimmer negligent in the design of the Durom Cup and that the company failed to warn consumers about the product’s defects.
The verdict included $153,000 in medical bills and $9 million in past and future noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering and mental anguish.
Although the judge in this case had denied a request for punitive damages, the jury awarded Kline about $3 million more than what he had asked.
Serious Problems for Consumers
Statistics show that the failure rate for Zimmer Durom Cup metal-on-metal hip implants was a whopping 11 percent. This means that those who received the implants had such severe problems with them that they either had to get them removed or replaced, which means they had to undergo unnecessary surgery.
Patients reported a number of severe symptoms including pain and stiffness, sharp groin pain, noticeable limping, unsteady gait and lack of endurance while walking.
In many patients, the metal-on-metal hips released ions and toxins into the blood stream causing severe health effects such as inflammation, bone loss and even organ damage.
Protecting Your Rights
If you have suffered severe side effects as a result of receiving a Zimmer or other hip implant or medical device, please remember that you have legal right.
Manufacturers have a responsibility and a legal obligation to make products that are safe and healthy for consumers.
These implants are products that are surgically placed inside patients’ bodies. In order to remove and replace them, patients must undergo painful and costly surgeries, not to mention spend time away from work and endure a long recovery.
If you or a loved one has been adversely affected by a defective medical device, please contact an experienced product defect lawyer to better understand your legal rights and options.