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Seeking Zimmer Knee Lawsuit Settlements

Branden Samuels | April 7th, 2011

Attorneys across the United States have been evaluating Zimmer knee lawsuits in the wake of a growing amount of negative press for the porous NexGen CR-Flex, a cementless knee component implicated in reports of high knee replacement failure sometimes requiring knee revision surgery.

It remains to be seen just how many individuals will enter  Zimmer knee litigation. However, it is possible that thousands of knee replacement recipients may be eligible to engage in a lawsuit against Zimmer Inc., one of the largest orthopedic device manufacturers in the world.

Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex failure rates reportedly high

Problems with the porous femoral NexGen CR-Flex were presented at the 2010 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual meeting when Dr. Berger reported his observations of 108 patients who had received the device.  According to the doctor, 8.3 % of the 108 studied recipients experienced knee failure and revision surgery within just a few years. According to the study, 36 % of recipients showed signs of radiographic loosening, a problem that can lead to premature revision surgery.

Zimmer Knee lawsuit settlements

A Zimmer knee lawyer may help to determine the proper course of legal action for individuals suffering from Zimmer knee failure, especially in the NexGen CR-Flex Porous Femoral component model. It is too early to tell if Zimmer will take any of the cases to trial, or if it will sooner make Zimmer knee lawsuit settlement offers.

If the latter is true, the terms of the those agreements will likely remain confidential.  In settlement, a defendant can keep embarrassing or illegal revelations from airing publicly. Thus defendants often swiftly seek settlements as soon as plaintiffs emerge.

Still, sometimes it is preferable for a plaintiff to take a case such as a Zimmer knee lawsuit to trial. Jury decisions in favor of a plaintiff almost always award more valuable damages than compensation received via settlement.

But going to trial is a risk and achieving swift Zimmer knee lawsuit settlements may be preferable for a plaintiff who values convenience.

As awareness grows about the porous NexGen CR-Flex failures, Zimmer knee lawsuits may mount. If a sufficient number of Zimmer knee lawsuits emerge across the United States, a judicial panel may find reason to consolidate the lawsuits to more efficiently manage them and limit redundancies. So far, no consolidation has been ordered.