Knee injuries can be extremely debilitating and it is reasonable for you to explore all options available when you are wishing for an end to pain. The Zimmer Persona Knee is a knee replacement system that was marketed specifically for patients looking for a versatile solution to injuries that threaten mobility and cause ongoing pain.
Unfortunately, the Zimmer product proved to be as effective as a string of similar products released by the same company which have all since been recalled due to complications resulting from defective design elements. If you received a Zimmer Persona knee replacement, you may need to undergo revision surgery to repair damage or resolve complications caused by the device.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is deeply committed to providing individualized legal representation for people who have received a Zimmer Persona knee implant. Our team is ready to discuss your options and advise you of the status of Zimmer Persona lawsuits. Contact our office for a free case review.
Zimmer Marketed the Persona System as a Versatile Solution
When Zimmer initially released the Zimmer Persona Knee replacement system, it promised that the replacements would address the needs of numerous patients suffering from a variety of conditions and injuries. One of the drawbacks to knee replacement surgery is that each implant usually provides a benefit at the cost of some limitation, requiring surgeons to consider trade-offs when determining which procedure was in the best interest of the patient. Zimmer advertised that its Persona System made it possible for surgeons to no longer need to make the trade-offs due to its intraoperative flexibility and morphological implant designs.
This system is one of several popular systems marketed by Zimmer, which is the largest manufacturer of knee implant systems in the world. In recent years, however, several of Zimmer’s knee replacement systems have been recalled, calling into question whether Zimmer is rushing its products to market without addressing potential design flaws that can cause complications.
The Recall of the Zimmer Persona Knee Replacement System Establishes a Pattern
Zimmer has been plagued over the past decade with product recalls and knee replacement lawsuits due to defective products which included its NexGen and High Flex designs. Over 70,000 MIS Tibial components were recalled in 2010 and then 40,000 NexGen knee replacements were recalled in 2014 preceding the recall of over 11,000 Persona Knee Replacement systems in March of 2015. All of the recalls were classified by the FDA as Class II recalls citing similar concerns.
- Defective screws resulted in loosening or device failure, which could only be remedied by revision surgery.
- Patients reported suffering additional injuries due to the failure of the devices, resulting in loss of mobility and severe pain.
- Large gaps developed between the components of the devices and the bone of the joint. This resulted in the buildup of fluids which could cause pain and immobility.
- Debris from the implants could become lodged in the joint and cause damage to bone or muscle tissue.
Zimmer Persona Patients Begin Filing Claims
Thousands of patients who received defective Zimmer Persona knee replacements have already filed lawsuits and the first bellwether cases are currently being heard. Plaintiffs are alleging that the devices failed early and resulted in pain, loss of mobility and additional injury. In most cases, revision surgeries have been required to address the complications brought on by the device failures. Damages are being sought for the cost of additional surgeries, pain and suffering resulting from complications and injuries and the economic damages that victims have suffered due to their loss of mobility. Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer is presiding over the preliminary round of lawsuits in Illinois, which include the bellwether case of Ramona Diano vs Zimmer.
If you received a Zimmer Persona knee replacement and the device failed or resulted in further injury to your knee or the loss of mobility, you may be able to seek damages in a lawsuit which include the medical costs associated with treating your injuries as well as economic damages such as wages lost due to your inability to work. The cases being heard currently may have an impact on your own case and the possibility that Zimmer may attempt to settle its lawsuits before they can go to trial.
For the most recent news about the pending Zimmer Persona litigation, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC. In addition, you may schedule a free consultation with a knee replacement lawyer to learn more about how current litigation impacts your case and to review all of your legal options before deciding whether it is in your best interest to file a lawsuit of your own. Our team includes economists and medical professionals who will not only be able to accurately assess the value of your case and chances of success, but also refer you to specialists who can treat your injuries and help you with your physical recovery.
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