July 7, 2014 — Zimmer Inc. is facing over 1,000 lawsuits from people who were injured by defective components of the NexGen Knee Replacement.
Most of the lawsuits are pending in a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, overseen by Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer. According to the list of Pending MDLs by District (PDF), there were 1,327 cases as of June 16.
The number of lawsuits continues to grow in several centralized litigations. On June 30, a lawsuit was filed in federal court in Texas by James M. Cline. He was implanted with the Zimmer NexGen CR-FLEX Complete Knee Solution in November 2010. Two years later, he underwent revision surgery to treat looseness and severe pain in his knee.
According to the complaint (PDF):
“Plaintiff began experiencing severe and debilitating pain … Plaintiff was later advised his Zimmer NexGen Knees were experiencing ‘loosening’ and would need to be revised. On November 12, 2012, Plaintiff had a second surgery to revise/replace the previously implanted Zimmer NexGen Knee.”
When a knee implant loosens, it can potentially shed particles of metal and/or plastic into spaces around the knee joint. This can potentially cause severe joint pain, inflammation, swelling, osteolysis (bone loss), and more.
Surgery to repair and replace a defective knee implant is generally less successful than the original knee replacement. In some cases, people who experience problems with their knee implant develop chronic pain and other debilitating complications.
Do I have a Zimmer NexGen Knee Replacement Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Zimmer NexGen induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by a defective knee replacement, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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