Four Plaintiffs File Joint Zimmer Hip Lawsuit

Emma Gonzalez | March 2nd, 2012

On February 7, 2012, four individuals filed a joint Zimmer hip lawsuit in Superior Court for the State of California. The plaintiffs – Colorado resident James E. Sanderson, Sharon Hill of California, Oregon resident Matthew McCabe, and Cheryl Miller of Utah – allege complications from the Zimmer hip related to the company’s VerSys artificial hip component, a fiber metal taper hip prosthesis.

Zimmer Hip Lawsuit Charges Hip Failure

The plaintiffs chose to file a joint Zimmer hip litigation instead of four individual cases, and their seven-count complaint alleges similar complications from Zimmer hip replacement, including extreme and permanently debilitating injuries suffered due to Zimmer’s metal-on-metal hip replacement. The plaintiffs have requested a jury trial, and have asked the court for punitive and compensatory damages for Zimmer hip implant failure. The requested damages cite diminished quality of life, pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, and loss of mobility.

Zimmer Hip Failure Plaintiffs Charge Failure to Warn

In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs also allege that the manufacturer knew of risks, but intentionally concealed from the public the fact that their VerSys device was “extremely dangerous and unsafe for use by the general public.” Furthermore, the plaintiff’s Zimmer hip lawyer team charges Zimmer with negligence and failure to warn the medical community and consumers of the implant’s “dangerous characteristics.”

Zimmer Hip Revision Surgery Required for Some

In the United States alone, hundreds of thousands of patients have been recipients of Zimmer’s metal-on-metal hip implants. Unfortunately, as reported by a 2011 New York Times report, metal-on-metal joint devices may represent “the most widespread medical implant failure in decades.” Plaintiffs allege that the company’s hip implants are inherently defective, and that the risk of severe side effects is higher than those of alternative implants. Zimmer hip implant failure is caused by premature loosening of component parts, as well as metallosis, a type of metal poisoning that occurs when metallic particles are released into the bloodstream, causing tissue and bone damage. Metallosis and device loosening were two causes of the 2010 Zimmer hip replacement recall. Loose implants and the related effects may lead to pain and suffering, as well as costly revision surgery.