A Los Angeles jury has awarded $9.1 million to Gary Kline, a California man who states that Zimmer Holdings Inc. failed to warn him that its metal on metal hip implant, known as the Durom Cup, was defective and had the propensity to fail prematurely. Mr. Kline had a Zimmer Durom Cup hip device implanted in 2007. Doctors were forced to remove the Zimmer implant a little more than a year later. The defective hip caused Mr. Kline to undergo two additional surgeries, which damaged his muscles and caused him severe and permanent injury. In 2008, Zimmer withdrew the Durom Cup from the American market.
Promising, But Unsurprising
Keefe Law Firm has worked on dozens of Zimmer cases, states, “This trial affirms what we have known since 2008: that the Durom cup is not safe or effective for its designed or intended purpose.” Keefe Law Firm also notes that “it was Zimmer’s own consultant, Dr. Larry Dorr, who first informed the public of the Durom Cup’s issues.”
Dr. Dorr sent the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons an open letter, stating that his experience with the implant led him to believe that the Durom Cup was defective. Dr. Dorr is considered an authority on hip and knee implants. He is a renowned orthopedic surgeon and has performed more than 3,500 hip and knee replacements over the last ten years. Dr. Dorr also founded and directs the Arthritis Institute.
More Cases on the Horizon for Zimmer
Despite the verdict in favor of Mr. Kline, Zimmer is not done litigating the case. The same Los Angeles court that heard Mr. Kline is scheduled to hear another plaintiff to that case in October 2015.
Another trial against Zimmer, meanwhile, started on July 20, 2015 in St. Clair County’s Circuit Court. That trial is projected to finish in approximately two weeks.
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