Florida Plaintiffs Seek Compensation for Zimmer Hip Injuries

Perry Larkin | November 1st, 2012

Zimmer Holdings, Inc. accumulated more than $1.2 million in sales of their hip devices in 2008. The company sells, designs, produces, and markets orthopedic reconstructive hip implants such as the Trilogy device.

But in recent years, many plaintiffs have filed lawsuits seeking compensation for Zimmer hip injuries due to what they allege to be faulty products, painful injuries, and the need for revision surgery to repair the damage from the devices.

In October of 2012, Zimmer, Inc. filed a report with the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) that included a warning from the FDA regarding the company’s facility in Puerto Rico being out of compliance.

Such a warning will be cited by attorneys representing plaintiffs in cases against Zimmer.

Lawsuit filed in Florida seeks compensation for Zimmer hip problems

One recent case was that of Marcia Scherone who, along with her husband Peter Scherone, claims that her Trilogy implant device caused femur fractures, requiring emergency revision surgery.

The Zimmer hip litigation was filed on September 21, 2012, in the U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (Jacksonville) and levels the following counts against the manufacturer: breach of express and implied warranty, negligence, strict liability, and loss of consortium. She seeks compensation for the pain and suffering she has endured after the failure of the implant and that required more than six revision surgeries to repair it.

Her attorney claims that her life has been severely hampered in her personal and business life and she endures constant pain and suffering that will continue into the future.

Zimmer hip lawyer alleges Trilogy hip caused femur fractures

The plaintiff received the Zimmer Trilogy device in February of 2005. Almost four years later, on December 31, 2008, Scherone was in the shower when she suffered a fracture of the Trilogy constrained liner, resulting in her hip dislocating. The plastic liner had split into two pieces and she required surgery to remove it.

Since then Scherone has suffered severe pain and has relied on a wheelchair or walker to get around as she attempts to heal.

A Zimmer hip replacement recall or the Trilogy system has yet to be implemented.