California Woman Claims Zimmer Hip Complications

Elise Kramer | April 12th, 2012

California resident Therese Gonzales is asking for more than $75,000 in damages after she says she experienced complications as a result of her implantation with a Durom Cup hip replacement device. Her lawsuit, like others filing Zimmer Hip lawsuits, which she filed on the 15th of March, 2012, has been consolidated in the ongoing multidistrict litigation case that is currently taking place in New Jersey. She claims in her lawsuit that the Durom Cup hip replacement device is defectively designed, and that although the device was never the subject of a recall and remains on the market, it is dangerous and defectively designed.

Premature loosening leads to lawsuit

Gonzales’ lawsuit is based on the claim that her hip replacement system loosened prematurely, after she was implanted with two Durom Cup systems–her right hip was replaced in October of 2006, and her left hip was replaced in February of 2007. Both surgeries were performed at the Tri-City Medical Center in San Diego, California. She says that shortly after she was implanted with the devices she began experiencing pain and other symptoms consistent with the loosening of the acetabular  cups used in her hip replacement systems.

Gonzales and her Zimmer hip attorneys claim that the design of the Durom cup prevents the device from seating properly in the socket portion of the hip. This could prevent bone from growing in, which is necessary to fix the device permanently to the patient’s hip. If this doesn’t happen, loosening of the implant may occur. Gonzales has had to undergo revision surgery as a result of the hip implant failure she has experienced.

Zimmer hip recall hasn’t happened

Although Zimmer halted sales of the Durom Cup device on the 22nd of July, 2008, the device was quickly reinstated to the orthopedics market, claiming that any complications from hip implant experienced were the result of surgical error and not any design defects. However, a number of plaintiffs have chosen to take action against the device manufacturer and, like Gonzales, are asking for compensation for the injuries they suffered that have been linked to hip replacement devices.