New Lawsuit Added to Zimmer NexGen Knee MDL
A New Jersey man has filed a lawsuit against Zimmer Inc., manufacturers of the NexGen knee implant. The plaintiff alleges he suffered “personal and economic injuries” as a result of receiving the implant. Filed on January 12, 2013, the case is joining a number of Zimmer knee replacement lawsuits in the ongoing multidistrict litigation (MDL 2272) in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff was implanted with a combination of NexGen devices in February 2008, and began suffering as a result of alleged mechanical loosening of the device components. He required revision surgery to replace the implant the following year.
Zimmer has been developing knee implants since 1968, and released their first prosthetic device five years later. Knee and hip implants have been a major part of Zimmer’s $4 billion yearly business ever since. The NexGen CR-Flex Porous Femoral Component was introduced in 2003, and uses a cobalt-chromium-molybdenum alloy to cap the thigh bone where it connects at the knee. The fixative is porous, designed to encourage bone growth.
Plaintiffs seek Zimmer knee lawsuit settlements and jury awards
This innovation replaced traditional cement fixatives, which had the potential to break down, pollute nearby tissue and enter the bloodstream. However, the elimination of one risk created another – the loosening of the femoral component, a problem that has been widely reported by patients and physicians.
Zimmer knee replacement lawsuits have increasingly grown in number, resulting in the current MDL in Illinois. The litigation concerns several Zimmer NexGen models: the CR-Flex, the GSF CR-Flex, the GSF LPS-Flex, the LPS-Flex and the MIS Tibial.
Zimmer knee recall
Zimmer has recalled from the market several component parts used in conjunction with the NexGen knee system. In September 2010, its NexGen Complete Knee Solution MIS Tibial Components, NexGen TM Tibial Trays and MIS Modular Tibial Plates and Keels were all recalled. The NexGen LPS-Flex Gender Femoral Component was recalled in December 2010.
On November 26, 2012, the FDA announced a class II recall of the NexGen Stemmed Nonaugmentable Tibial Component. The reason cited was an invalid manufacturing cleaning process which may have resulted in third-body particles causing allergic reaction.
Zimmer knee replacement lawsuits
So far, more than 700 lawsuits have been filed against Zimmer for complications arising from allegedly faulty NexGen Flex devices. Plaintiffs seek Zimmer knee lawsuit settlements or jury awards after having suffered complications as a result of receiving a NexGen Flex implant. Individuals who believe they are affected are advised to consult with a Zimmer knee lawyer to determine if they are eligible to file litigation.