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Lawsuits alleging that orthopedic device manufacturer Zimmer Inc. failed to recall its Durom Replacement Actabular Components continue. The company voluntarily suspended sales of the product in July 2008 after patients and the medical community complained that the cups were defective. Lawsuits alleging that orthopedic device manufacturer Zimmer Inc. failed to recall its Durom Replacement Actabular Components continue. The company voluntarily suspended sales of the product in July 2008 after patients and the medical community complained that the cups were defective.

What is the Zimmer Durom Cup?

The Zimmer Durom Cup was designed as an alternative to conventional hip prostheses. Because it was designed to last for up to 20 years, it was marketed towards those who led a more active lifestyle. However, only two years after it was introduced, patients began to complain that the cups were defective.

In April of 2008, California orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lawrence Dorr went public about the medical device’s high rate of failure. He allegedly contacted Zimmer itself, but the company maintained that any problems with the product were the result of improper surgical procedures. He then went to the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons where other orthopedic surgeons reported similar problems with the cups. Less than three months later, Zimmer voluntarily suspended sales of the product and acknowledged that its rate of failure was higher than originally thought. The company says that it plans to investigate the issue more thoroughly.

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Product liability lawsuits continue

Product liability lawsuits against Zimmer continue to be filed by patients who have had their hips replaced with Zimmer’s product. Many have had to have a second, painful surgery to correct the problem and have incurred thousands of dollars of medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering. The lawsuits allege that the company knew about the product’s high risk of failure and claim that it should have recalled the product instead of voluntarily suspending sales.

It is estimated that the device has been surgically implanted in approximately 12,000 U.S. patients. If you’ve suffered injuries due to Zimmer’s Durom Cup, contact an experienced products liability attorney to discuss your situation and evaluate your options. Consultations with a lawyer are free of charge, without obligation and are strictly confidential.