High failure rates and severe life-threatening complications have been recently associated with the Zimmer hip M/L Taper implant device. Some patients have experienced metallosis caused by the rubbing of the hip replacement implant where the cobalt-chromium alloy rubs against titanium alloy. This defect can cause corrosion and leach metal particles at the implant site and surrounding tissue, resulting in painful, debilitating injuries.
Many lawsuits involving the Zimmer ML Taper hip have been filed in federal court involving life-threatening injuries including metallosis (heavy metal poisoning in the blood) and pseudotumors caused by head/neck corrosion or trunnionosis (wear and tear on the femoral head-neck interface) by hip angioplasty failure. Rosenfeld injury lawyers at (888) 424-5757 are helping families seek financial compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain-and-suffering, and other damages lost by the painful experience of suffering from a Zimmer hip device.
Signs, Symptoms, and Injuries Associated with Zimmer ML Taper Hip Implants
Are you affected? Many individuals filing Zimmer Hip M/L Taper defective implant lawsuits received the device after suffering extensive pain and disability associated with a variety of illnesses including. Some of these illnesses include avascular necrosis, collagen disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and congenital hip dysplasia.
Any corrosion in the components of the artificial hip plant can lead to serious, painful injuries and complications that involve:
- Metal Toxicity (Metallosis) – the corrosion or destruction of the device’s component that leads to the release of metal debris into the body’s soft tissue
- Trunnionosis – wear and tear of the femoral head/neck interface components
- Localized Hip-Area Pseudotumor – a false tumor created by fleshy growth of tissue surrounding the defective device
- Osteolysis – a pathological process of reabsorption of bone tissue
- Aseptic Lymphocyte-dominated Vasculitis-associated Lesions – a process that causes adverse local tissue reactions
- Serious Life-Threatening Conditions – these problems can include renal function impairment, cardiomyopathy, skin rashes, cognitive impairment, neurological disruptions including visual and auditory impairments, weight gain, fatigue and discomfort associated with thyroid dysfunction
- Complex Revision Surgery – the removal of the failed implant and treatment of metallosis-related issues
Zimmer ML Taper Hip Lawsuits and Financial Settlements
Previous clients filing lawsuits against Zimmer have based their financial claims on the damage associated with friction from the metal-on-metal components that create microscopic shavings of toxic metal debris causing the development of inflammatory metallosis. As early as 2011, some patients settled their cases against Zimmer after suffering harm.
The corrosion developed in the Zimmer hip replacement device leads to metal ions, metal debris, and other toxic chemical byproducts released in the tissue that surrounds the device. The extremely noxious particles create damaging inflammation that destroys bone and tissue and creates fleshy growths in the damaged tissue surrounding the hip joint.
The Food and Drug Administration cleared the Zimmer hip replacement device to be sold and used through the medical marketplace in July 2007. Since then, the numbers of cases involving the Zimmer Biomet Taper hip implant have risen dramatically as more patients suffer additional severe medical complications. Some of these complications include osteolysis (loss of bone tissue), adverse tissue reactions, and other corrosion-related complications that often require revision surgery.
Zimmer remains exposed to numerous lawsuits filed by attorneys representing clients injured by defective devices. As a result, the Southern District of New York in the federal court system has consolidated these lawsuits as a part of multi-district litigation (MDL). There have been more than 100,000 Zimmer Taper hip implants used in hip replacement surgeries throughout America over the last decade.
Reporting an Adverse Event
Anyone who experiences a hip implant-associated health problem after undergoing a replacement surgical procedure is encouraged to report the adverse event to ensure that it is added to the FDA incident database. The Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE) database collects information on hundreds of medical devices that have led to suspected associated deaths, malfunctions, and serious injuries.
It is important to note that the medical device manufacturer, not your doctor or surgeon, remains liable for any defect to their product. As a publicly traded medical device corporation since 1927, Zimmer Biomet has developed, marketed, and sold many orthopedic implants including artificial prosthetic devices for the shoulder, hip, knee, ankle, foot, and elbow. Their products are sold in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Zimmer Biomet controls nearly one-third of the artificial implant marketplace generating billions of dollars in revenues annually. Attorneys are basing these lawsuits on the corporation’s failure to warn patients of the dangers associated with their product and potential design and manufacturing defects. So far, millions of dollars have been awarded to injured patients throughout the United States to recover expenses, earnings, loss of enjoyment, and future bills associated with ongoing suffering.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers Help Patients Harmed by the Zimmer ML Taper Implant
The Medical Device and Drug Litigation Unit of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented numerous clients suffering harm after undergoing a hip replacement surgical procedure using the Zimmer implant and other defective devices. All our clients received financial compensation to cover their medical expenses, time away from work, and additional associated costs. Our team of dedicated attorneys explore every available legal option for our clients and can help your family too.
Our law firm’s stands ready to assist you through a free, initial consultation. Contact us today at (888) 424-5757 or through the online form. Let us begin the process by discussing your legal options.