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April 27, 2010

Who's Accountable For Faulty New Mexico Medical Devices?

A recent New York Times article posed the following question:

Who should be accountable when a company sells a flawed product that can injure or kill patients? Is it the company or the people who run it?

We believe it's both.

We have seen hundreds of individuals throughout New Mexico who have had surgery, only to sustain injuries as the result of a physician implanting a defective product such as the Zimmer Durom Cup. Many parties may be responsible in such cases - including the company, the executives running the company, and even the physicians.

However, those people who are not responsible and must be compensated are the innocent patients who seek medical attention to improve their condition, only to sustain further injury.

In 2006, the Zimmer Durom Cup was introduced and intended to be an improvement over previous hip replacement products. However, rather than being an improvement, it caused significant pain and discomfort, as well as a loosening of the hip implants, requiring additional surgeries.

The use of defective Zimmer Durom Cups in hip replacement surgeries has led to dozens of lawsuits cropping up all around the country. Currently, at least 51 product liability lawsuits in 10 different states are currently pending against the Zimmer Durum Cup, a defective part that implanted during hip replacement surgery.

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February 15, 2010

Zimmer Durom Cup Lawsuits On The Rise

The Zimmer Durom Cup, also known as the Zimmer Durom Acetabular component, was introduced in the U.S. in 2006 and meant to be an improvement over traditional hip replacement components. Instead of using screws, cement or epoxy to secure the Cup, the Cup was intended to bond to the patient's hip socket as bone grows into the device's shell.

However, almost as soon as the Durom Cup was introduced, problems with the hip replacement components began. Rather than being an improvement over previous hip replacement components, the Cup has been linked to serious problems, including excruciating pain requiring additional hip replacement surgery. Often, the bone doesn't grow into the device correctly and the metal socket loosens and separates, grinding against the bone as it moves.

As a result, lawsuits against Zimmer Holdings Inc. are on the rise. These lawsuits allege both that the hip replacement system is defective and that Zimmer failed to provide adequately warning or instructions about the proper use and the proper techniques for implantation.

Despite a brief suspension of the sale of the Zimmer Durom cup in 2008, Zimmer continues to manufacturer and sell these components and remains a dominant force in the hip replacement market.

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