$9.2 Million Verdict Awarded Over Zimmer Durom Cup Hip Replacement
In one of the first verdicts among several hundred cases pending against medical device company Zimmer over its faulty Zimmer Durom Cup artificial hip replacement system, a Los Angeles jury awarded a $9.2 million verdict in a lawsuit brought by a 59-year old man over the failed device. The Durom Cup was developed to avoid many of the limited mobility problems and wear-and-tear issues associated with more traditional hip replacements. However, concerns over its failure soon were raised when the component of the hip system loosened, requiring revision surgery. The jury concluded that Zimmer negligently designed the product and failed to warn patients adequately of the risks associated with the product. Hundreds of other similar cases are pending in the federal court system; many of which were consolidated into a multi-district litigation, or MDL, to expedite pretrial proceedings and more efficiently address the litigation.