Another Lawsuit Added to Federal Zimmer Knee MDL
Another lawsuit has been added to the federal Zimmer knee MDL (multidistrict litigation) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. In this complaint, the plaintiff alleges she has suffered ongoing Zimmer knee problems since receiving her prosthetic device. Plaintiff Pamela Allen has also required Zimmer knee revision surgery, which has hurt her economically, as well as physically.
Plaintiff underwent Zimmer knee revision surgery
This new complaint was filed directly in the Illinois District Court on August 15, 2012. The plaintiff and her Zimmer knee lawyer adopted the long-form complaint used in the federal MDL, and then the short-form complaint later. This lawsuit now joins numerous others that have been filed after patients experienced Zimmer knee problems due to allegedly faulty implant devices.
According to her Zimmer knee lawyer, Pamela Allen received her first NexGen knee device in August, 2007. After the surgery, Allen suffered ongoing Zimmer knee complications, including pain and injury to the joint. As a result of her injuries, Allen suffered significant suffering and economic loss, due to her inability to work. Allen underwent Zimmer knee revision surgery in 2011, but has continued to suffer the complications of her knee injury.
Zimmer knee problems
Allen is not the first to file a lawsuit with a Zimmer knee lawyer after the failure of a NexGen implant. A non-peer reviewed report delivered in 2010 by two orthopedic surgeons found that more than eight percent of 108 patients that received NexGen knee implants required revision surgery within two years. Zimmer knee problems cited in the report included loosening of the implant and ongoing pain.
Zimmer knee revision surgery is a risky procedure that involves the removal of the faulty device and replacement of a new implant. Patients that must undergo revision surgery often experience higher medical bills and longer rehabilitation time the second time around. Although revision procedures can be effective, the process is a long and difficult one for many patients.
Allen’s Zimmer knee lawyer states that his client has suffered significant pain and economic loss as a result of her Zimmer knee problems. Her husband, Rodney Allen, is also listed on the complaint, claiming loss of consortium and loss of services from his wife as a result of her injuries. The two are seeking compensatory, punitive and exemplary damages in an amount to be determined at trial.