Recently, over twenty product liability and personal injury lawsuits have been filed against Zimmer-Biomet, Inc. Injured plaintiffs allege serious complications from the M/L Taper with Kinectiv technology when used with a Zimmer VerSys femoral head.
As with other metal on metal hip designs, these folks claim that the Zimmer M/L Taper Hip With Kinectiv and VerSys head design lead to implant failure, severe hip pain and blood poisoning known as metallosis.
Premature hip implant failure and early removal
The lawsuits blame the metal hip devices for fretting and corroding, leading to significant metal debris that destroys the patients’ tissue and leaches into the bloodstream. The resultant effect of this metal debris is that the hip implants fail prematurely and necessitate early removal.
The scope of the problem
According to experts, more than 100,000 of these Zimmer hip replacements have been implanted throughout the United States.
In June, some plaintiffs requested the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) to centralize a federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Minnesota federal court, for pre-trial consolidation and coordinated discovery.
Pennslyvania Zimmer M/L Taper Hip With Kinectiv and VerSys head trial
Marilyn Adams from Pennslyvania was implanted with a Zimmer M/L Taper Hip device in 2011. According to Adams, she developed serious complications of metallosis and underwent revision surgery in 2015, to have the implant removed and replaced. Adams is heading for trial in the Eastern District of Pennslyvania later in July.
Metal on Metal hip debacle
Many thousands of lawsuits have been filed over the past ten years involving the controversial metal on metal hip design. These Zimmer M/L Taper Hip with Kinectiv And VerSys parts have the dubious honor on joining these product liability lawsuits including the DePuy ASR, DePuy Pinnacle, Biomet Magnum, Wright Conserve, Stryker LFit v40, Stryker Rejuvenate and other hip systems.
If you think you may have Zimmer M/L Taper Hip with Kinectiv And VerSys metal hip device and are experiencing pain caused by metal corrosion, metallosis or have suffered premature hip failure requiring full revision and emergency care, please call Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm at 888-210-9693.
Shezad Malik is an Internal Medicine and Cardiology specialist, a Texas Medical Doctor (retired) and Defective Medical Device and Dangerous Drug Attorney. Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm has offices based in Fort Worth and Dallas and represents people who have suffered catastrophic and serious personal injuries including wrongful death, caused by the negligence or recklessness of others.