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Zimmer Shoulder Replacement Lawsuit

zimmer-shoulder-replacement-defect-attorney Many patients who received the Zimmer Reverse Shoulder Device have experienced decreased shoulder function or fractures. If you are one of the many people who have received a Zimmer Reverse Shoulder Device, your quality of life could be in jeopardy.

This medical device was designed to help you restore movement, but it has been linked to a high fracture rate and decreased shoulder function.

Contact an Illinois personal injury lawyer at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC to determine if you are eligible for compensation. The attorneys at our firm have experience with defective shoulder replacement devices and can help you get the justice you deserve.

Call a defective medical devices attorney at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form today for immediate legal advice and schedule a free case evaluation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team remains private through an attorney-client relationship.

The Zimmer Biomet Shoulder Replacement Device

The Zimmer Reverse Shoulder is a shoulder replacement device designed to help restore movement in patients with shoulder tears (cuff tear arthropathy) who have severe arthritis and previously failed shoulder joint replacement.

The manufacturer distributed a wide array of Zimmer Biomet device implants between October 2008 and September 2015 until the Zimmer Biomet recalls began.

Many shoulder replacement surgeries are performed on individuals who had undergone previous shoulder surgeries for a rotator cuff tear where the procedure failed.

In many cases, the revision surgery led to life-threatening fractures resulting in a loss of shoulder use and potential death. Other surgeries led to significant problems that led to large rotator cuff tear arthropathy.

For years, the manufacturer knew that their Zimmer Reverse Shoulder fractured easily, decreasing shoulder function and other health complications for patients. As a result, this shoulder replacement recall affects many people who may be experiencing decreased shoulder function or even permanent loss of shoulder motion due to the recalled device.

If you are one of the many people who have received a Zimmer Reverse Shoulder, you must contact your doctor immediately to see if you are at risk for any adverse health complications.

Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Replacement

The initial approval for the Zimmer Biomet comprehensive reverse shoulder device in 2006 was based on a study that showed a 95% success rate in patients who had undergone prior shoulder surgery.

The Zimmer Reverse Shoulder is a comprehensive shoulder replacement system designed to help restore movement in patients with severe arthritis and shoulder tears who have failed prior shoulder replacement surgery.

The device is an artificial joint designed to replace the glenohumeral (ball and socket) joint between arm bones to give patients a greater range of motion in their arms, improved function, and less pain.

A Surgically Implanted Reverse Shoulder Tray Total Shoulder Replacement Device

An orthopedic surgeon surgically implants Zimmer Biomet shoulder replacements through a small incision and removes the damaged tissue of the glenohumeral joint.

The surgeon then places a metal ball into the patient's humerus (the arm bone), which serves as the new "ball" of the joint, followed by placing another metal stem into their upper arm bone to act as a new "socket" for the ball.

The device ball and new stem allow patients to regain movement in their arms lost due to injuries or arthritis. Unfortunately, while this medical device should increase shoulder function, reports from physicians have shown that it has a high fracture rate and fails 50% of the time.

Common surgically implanted Zimmer shoulder replacement devices include:

  • Comprehensive reverse shoulder humeral tray with rear locking ring
  • Zimmer Biomet comprehensive reverse shoulder humeral device
  • Zimmer Biomet comprehensive shoulder replacement humeral stem
  • Zimmer Biomet comprehensive reverse shoulder system humeral stem with locking ring
  • Zimmer Biomet comprehensive shoulder replacement humeral implant with locking ring
  • Zimmer Biomet comprehensive reverse shoulder system humeral tray model 115340

Zimmer Biomet Reverse Shoulder Implant Medical Devices Recall

Roughly five years after the FDA approved the use of the device, the agency received reports that patients who received a reverse shoulder implant experienced a 50% failure rate. In addition, during clinical testing for this device, the test subjects were required to have previously undergone multiple surgeries and failed prior shoulder joint replacement.

According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, the Zimmer Reverse Shoulder Class I recall occurred after reports from physicians linked the Zimmer Biomet comprehensive reverse shoulder system to a high rate of failure.

The Zimmer Biomet recalls affected patients who experienced serious adverse health consequences.

Common Zimmer Biomet Shoulder Replacement Device Problems

Many physicians have reported that this device fractures easily due to inadequate materials to withstand normal wear and tear.

These reports led to an extensive recall of this medical device in 2011, which affected approximately 2,000 people who may develop metal toxicity or other health complications after receiving a Zimmer Biomet shoulder replacement implant.

The Zimmer Reverse Shoulder recall affects many people who may have to pay for costly medical bills in the process. Did you or a loved one receive a Zimmer Reverse Shoulder and have been experiencing any adverse effects from this device?

If so, you need experienced legal representation from an attorney who can help investigate your case and file a claim.

The Zimmer Reverse Shoulder recall affects many people who may have to pay for costly medical bills in the process.

Have you or a loved one received a Zimmer Reverse Shoulder and have been experiencing any adverse effects from this device?

If so, you need experienced legal representation from an attorney who can help investigate your case and file a claim.

Common Side Effects of the Zimmer Reverse Shoulder Replacement Devices

A surgically implanted Zimmer Biomet shoulder replacement device can cause serious adverse health consequences and side effects, including metal toxicity.

  • Dizziness
  • Severe pain
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms or hands
  • Decreased range of motion in your shoulder rotator cuff
  • Loss of shoulder function and arm movement
  • Joint stiffness or severe pain
  • Shoulder arthritis
  • Shoulder function infection leading to life-threatening injuries or death
  • Torn rotator cuff muscles
  • Weakness in the arm or hand resulting in a lack of grip strength

Many defective Zimmer Biomet shoulder replacements require revision surgery to avoid limited arm movement, permanent loss of shoulder function, or infection-related death.

If you have sustained any injuries from the Zimmer Reverse Shoulder System, contact a medical malpractice attorney immediately to help you receive the compensation you deserve.

The Zimmer Reverse Shoulder recall affects many people who may have to pay for costly medical bills in the process.

Filing a Lawsuit Based on Product Liability and Medical Malpractice

It is appalling that medical device manufacturers sell defective products, and doctors implant these devices knowing there are severe problems. The motivation for doing so may be financial gain, but the consequences for patients are devastating.

Medical device manufacturers are responsible for ensuring their products are safe and effective before they hit the market. When they fail, innocent people can suffer serious injuries or death.

Doctors also have a responsibility to their patients to only implant devices that have been proven safe and effective. When they knowingly choose to implant a defective device, patients are at risk of serious harm.

Both the manufacturer and doctor need to be held accountable for their actions, and victims should receive the justice they deserve.

Filing a Zimmer Biomet Lawsuit

For years, Zimmer Biomet manufactured the reverse shoulder implant model, marketing the total shoulder replacement device as an effective solution for restoring arm movement. However, patients often required shoulder replacement surgery due to cuff tear arthropathy after failing to respond positively to a traditional shoulder replacement.

Unfortunately, many shoulder replacements failed within the first few years after the shoulder implant, requiring revision surgery due to device fractures. Sadly, many of these revision surgeries were extremely risky, leading to other serious health problems.

In many cases, injured patients have filed a Zimmer Biomet shoulder replacement lawsuit seeking financial compensation.

The first Zimmer Biomet shoulder replacement lawsuit was settled in February 2014 in the US District Court for the District of Colorado, when the manufacturer agreed to pay the injured patient $350,000. The plaintiff had already experienced two comprehensive reverse shoulder failures due to implant fractures.

Zimmer Biomet Class Action Lawsuit

No Zimmer Biomet class action lawsuit has been filed involving the comprehensive reverse shoulder device. Instead, many injured patients are filing individual lawsuits to be compensated for the pain and suffering they have experienced.

Unfortunately, thousands of units were pulled from the medical marketplace during the recall due to serious defects, including metal toxicity, pain, and increased risk of revision surgery.

If you or a loved one has received a defective reverse shoulder replacement device, contact our law firm at (888) 424-5757 today for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.

Zimmer Reverse Shoulder Recall Update

In 2011, Zimmer recalled the Zimmer Reverse Shoulder due to metal toxicity and fractures reports. Though the recall has since been lifted, physicians still report that this device is defective and continues to cause harm to patients who received it.

In 2016, Zimmer Biomet issued an Urgent Medical Device Recall Notice and a Certificate of Acknowledgement to healthcare providers utilizing faulty reverse shoulder implants distributed between October 2008 and September 2015.

Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer to Resolve a Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Replacement Lawsuit

Have you undergone a shoulder implant with a defective Zimmer Biomet comprehensive reverse shoulder humeral device and part of the Food and Drug Administration recall?

Were you scheduled to undergo a revision of Zimmer shoulder replacement surgery with a different shoulder implant device?

The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can work on your behalf to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Our law firm can file a product liability lawsuit against Zimmer Biomet and possibly a medical malpractice lawsuit against the surgeons that perform the procedure.

Contact us at (888) 424-5757 today (toll-free phone number) for a free consultation and case evaluation to determine if your Zimmer shoulder implant qualifies you for compensation.

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