Texas Plaintiff Blames Manufacturer for Zimmer NexGen Knee Failure
Texas resident Stephen Y. Mohyla, represented by his Zimmer knee lawyer, filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas on February 21, 2012. Mohyla claims damages for alleged Zimmer NexGen knee failure. He claims that the Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex femoral component he was implanted with was defective, and caused him to experience serious injuries.
Mohyla joins other plaintiffs across the country that have made similar allegations in regard to the joint manufacturer’s NexGen artificial knee device. However, no Zimmer NexGen knee recall has been issued by the company or the FDA.
Zimmer knee lawyer claims problems with implant
According to the complaint drawn up by Mohyla’s Zimmer knee lawyer, the plaintiff was implanted with the Zimmer NexGen knee system, including the CR-Flex femoral component, on October 5, 2009.
Shortly afterwards, Mohyla claims he began to experience severe and debilitating pain. On March 19, 2010, just over five months after the original operation, Mohyla’s physician recommended a second surgery to replace his knee prosthesis because of instability.
According to his Zimmer knee lawyer, Mohyla is scheduled for revision surgery on April 16, 2012.
High-flex knee analysis offered
In his Zimmer NexGen knee failure lawsuit, Mohyla notes that Zimmer first received the FDA’s approval for its NexGen Complete Knee Solution system in 1995, and the approval for its first CR-Flex femoral component in 2002.
The NexGen uses a “high-flex” component that is supposed to allow a greater degree of flexion than the standard femoral component. However, a meta-analysis study published in the British Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (2010) by head researcher Dr. R. Mehin found that Zimmer’s high-flex knee devices did not significantly increase post-operative maximum knee flexion compared with traditional implants.
Mohyla’s Zimmer knee lawyer states that the defendants knew or should have known about the higher than expected rate of Zimmer NexGen knee failure, but failed to warn the public of the risks, or implement a Zimmer NexGen knee recall.
2010 Zimmer NexGen knee recall
The closest the company has come to a comprehensive Zimmer NexGen knee recall was in 2010. In September of that year, after issuing an “Urgent Device Correction” letter to physicians, Zimmer recalled more than 65,000 NexGen MIS tibial knee components, which had been designed for use in the CR-Flex and LPS-Flex models.
In December 2010, the company issued a much more limited Zimmer NexGen knee recall for a few hundred femoral component parts used in conjunction with the LPS knee implant.
Plaintiff’s Zimmer knee lawyer seeking damages
Mohyla’s Zimmer knee lawyer seeks damages in excess of $75,000 for failure to warn, design defect, negligence, and punitive damages. Mrs. Ruth N. Mohyla is also suing for loss of consortium resulting from her husband’s alleged Zimmer NexGen knee failure.