Zimmer facing defective products suit over hip replacement system

Medical product manufacturer Zimmer has found itself in hot water again because of a reportedly faulty product. Official reports show that several defective products lawsuits have been filed against the company that produces NexGen knee replacement components, which may have been implanted in some Texas residents. In addition to those claims, the company is now facing additional suits because of its Trilogy AB hip replacement parts. One woman claims in a recent lawsuit that the ceramic liner in her replaced him shattered, causing her serious and permanent injuries.

The woman said that she and her husband were traveling in a European country when she stepped down awkwardly, but did not fall. The woman felt her hip replacement crunch, and evaluation showed that the ceramic liner had broken. That liner was replaced with another material, but not before the woman was seriously injured. The woman further claims that she was required to go through a painful and costly procedure in order to have the dangerous product removed.

Zimmer has come under continuing scrutiny after a June 2012 inspection showed that its manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico had violated several federal regulations. Many of the items that had been released from that manufacturing plant had not been properly tested. Further, the company admits that it did not test the Trilogy AB system on its own, but rather extrapolated data from another hip replacement product known as TRANSCEND. Since that time, experts have identified a variety of problems with the medical device.

Victims who have been implanted with a defective product may be eligible for financial compensation for medical costs, lost income, emotional distress and a variety of other claims. A Texas personal injury attorney may be able to help such victims learn more about their legal rights. No one should have to suffer painful injuries because of a faulty medical product.

Source: Stacey Page Online, "Zimmer Facing Another Faulty Product Lawsuit" John Faulkner, Feb. 21, 2014

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