Zimmer Hip Replacement Lawsuit Claims Durom Cup Was Defective

Tracy Ray | April 19th, 2012

An Arizona woman who suffered complications from a Durom Cup has filed a lawsuit, similar to other Zimmer Hip lawsuits, claiming the cup’s design was defective.

The plaintiff, Alice L. Hoag, underwent a total hip arthroplasty in December 2006 during which she was implanted with the Metasul Durom Acetabular Component. The lawsuit states that the surgeons implanted the device correctly, and that initially the surgery was successful. However, Hoag subsequently began to experience severe pain and weakness in her hip area, which has limited her mobility and had a detrimental effect on her quality of life. She filed her lawsuit, with the assistance of lawyers, on March 27, 2012 in the Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles.

Zimmer failed to warn doctors or patients of design’s defects, lawsuit charges

Hoag’s lawsuit claims that the her injuries were caused by the allegedly defective design of the Cup, stating that the metal component may fail to fully attach to the pelvis. When the component becomes loose or separates from the pelvis, it can move freely around the hip socket, rubbing against the bone and causing friction and crippling pain to the patient.

The five-count lawsuit charges Zimmer with failure to warn patients or the medical community about the alleged defect and risk of the potential failure of the device to fully attach to the pelvis, causing subsequent complications. By not warning patients and doctors of this risk, Zimmer misled patients and doctors into believing the Cup was safe, the lawsuit claims. Hoag is seeking compensation for pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, loss of income, medical and hospital expenses, and rehabilitative and pharmaceutical costs.

More than 1,600 patients have reported Zimmer hip problems

Hoag is just one of many hip patients who have experienced implant failure. The New York Times reports that from 2007 to June 2011, more than 1,600 complaints were filed with the FDA over alleged Zimmer hip complications. Many of these patients were forced to undergo a revision surgery in order to correct the problems. In July 2008, the company issued a recall of the Zimmer hip implant, temporarily suspending sales of the device because of the unusually high incidence of reported hip problems.