The Maglio Christopher & Toale Law Firm has filed suit in Federal District
Court against Zimmer, Inc. on behalf of a client with a failed Durom Hip
Replacement Cup. It is believed that this is the first lawsuit to be filed
against Zimmer regarding its controversial Durom Hip Replacement System. The
Firm plans to file additional Durom lawsuits against Zimmer on behalf of other
clients in the coming weeks.
Sarasota, FL (PRWEB) August 12, 2008 —
The Maglio Christopher & Toale Law Firm has filed suit in Federal District Court
against Zimmer, Inc. on behalf of a client with a failed Durom Hip Replacement
Cup. Zimmer is a multinational medical device manufacturer. It is believed that
this is the first lawsuit to be filed against Zimmer regarding its controversial
Durom Hip Replacement System. The Firm plans to file additional Durom lawsuits
against Zimmer on behalf of other clients in the coming weeks.
Problems with the Zimmer Durom were put in the spotlight on April 22 of this
year when a highly respected orthopedic researcher, surgeon, and director of the
Dorr Institute for Arthritis Research and Education, wrote a letter to his
colleagues at the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, criticizing the
device. In his letter, Lawrence Dorr, MD, reported that 14 of the 165 Durom hip
systems implanted at his clinic needed to be surgically revised within two years
of implantation. He wrote:
"In the first year the x-rays looked perfect. We have revised four that did not
have any radiolucent lines or migration (and John Moreland revised one). These
early cups fooled us, but the symptoms were so classic for a loose implant that
we operated on the patients. When we hit on the edge of the cup it would just
pop free. As time goes by the cups begin developing radiolucent lines. We now
have one cup at two years that has actually migrated a short distance. It has
tilted into varus. We do not believe the fixation surface is good on these cups.
Also there is a circular cutting surface on the periphery of the cup that we
believe prevents the cup from fully seating. We stopped using the cup after the
It was another three months before Zimmer finally stopped selling its Durom
Hip Resurfacing System. On July 22, 2008, Zimmer issued a press release
announcing that it was "temporarily suspending marketing and distribution of the
Durom Acetabular Component in the U.S. on a voluntary basis, while the Company
updates labeling to provide more detailed surgical technique instructions to
surgeons and implements its surgical training program in the U.S."
In its release, Zimmer admitted that the Durom cup was failing at a higher
than expected rate. However, it went on to blame the high rate of failure on
surgeon error rather than on the Durom cup. Orthopedic surgeons familiar with
the Durom have disagreed, indicating that the widespread nature of the failures
shows the problem to be with the cup and not surgeon error.
Zimmer estimates that as many as 12,000 patients in the United States
currently have the Durom Cup implanted in their hips.
About the Maglio Christopher & Toale Law Firm
The Maglio Christopher & Toale Law Firm has successfully represented patients
across the nation in obtaining compensation for injuries caused by defective hip
and knee joint replacement devices.