Florida Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Replacement Attorneys
No matter what their age, Floridans seem to be on the go. They walk, run, swim, play sports. All that movement sometimes results in accidents and injuries, and sometimes those injuries result in surgeries, especially hip replacement surgeries. There are more than 200,000 hip replacements each year in the United States. Zimmer Durom, Inc. meant to manufacture a replacement hip that could restore a younger demographic to their active, healthy lifestyles. However, their creation did not turned out as planned, and patients have been advised to file claims with Florida Zimmer Durom Cup hip replacement attorneys.
That seems to be the case with the Zimmer Durom Cup, which put a hold on its production of the cup back in 2008. Zimmer is a leading Indiana-based medical technology firm, specializing in hip and knee replacement products. First performed in 1960, hip implants are a great success story, restoring the ability to stand, sit, and walk with near-normal or normal ease in most cases. Meant to mimic the movements of a normal hip, most implants have been made of three materials in three different parts: plastic, ceramic, and metal. The Zimmer Durom hip implant system is a four-part device made entirely of metal. The four parts allow the surgeon to have a choice for a best fit that will match the patient’s actual hip. The metals, cobalt and chrome, are meant to last 25-30 years, which is longer than plastic or ceramic devices.
The Zimmer Durom hip implant went on the market in 2006 and reports of failure began to surface as early as the following year. Orthopedic surgeon Lawrence Dorr, who himself had performed corrective surgery on patients with the Durom device, stated that some revisions were done because of loose implants or “poor construction” that caused pain and swelling. After the recall by Zimmer, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claimed the recall was due to inadequate instructions for “surgical technique.”
Not the Only Cause for Concern
Florida Zimmer Durom Cup hip replacement attorneys are well-aware that Zimmer is not the first such medical company to experience problems with metal hip implant systems. Stryker Orthopaedics of Michigan recalled its metal-on-metal ABG II implant in 2012. Johnson & Johnson recalled two of its metal-on-metal systems two years earlier. The complaints were similar in all cases. Pain, stiffness, and swelling returned in the area of the implant and so did difficulty of movement. The problems stem from the metals themselves. With use, the metals rub against each other, sending tiny metal shavings to be deposited in the body, where they may eventually cause metal corrosion, which may result in the impaired ability to stand, sit, or walk. Metal corrosion may also result in the necessity for a second hip implant surgery, which carries more risks than the initial operation. Some 12,000 people have had the Zimmer Durom implants; many of them are part of class action and individual lawsuits against the medical firm.
Taking the First Steps
If you or a loved one have been implanted with the Zimmer Durom Cup and have had pain, swelling, and/or impaired movement, you are urged to contact Florida Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Replacement Attorneys. If you suffer in any way from this implant, Florida Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Replacement Attorneys are your best source of information concerning your legal rights and the best way to find compensation for your pain and suffering. The attorneys have just one thing to prove in a lawsuit against the Zimmer implant. The pain and difficulties in walking that you experience today are the direct result of the Zimmer hip implant. Justice for you and others who suffer because of this implant can be had in one phone call. Make that call by contacting Attorney Group for Florida and their affiliated Florida Zimmer Durom Cup hip replacement attorneys today.