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California Jury Awards $9 Million in Hip Implant Lawsuit

A Los Angeles jury recently awarded $9.1 million to a California man who suffered serious complications due to a defective hip implant. The case involved the Durom Cup implant manufactured by Zimmer Holdings Inc.

The plaintiff, Gary Kline, 59, was implanted with the hip implant in 2007. He had it removed 15 months later and subsequently endured additional procedures, all of which resulted in scar tissue, muscle damage, and chronic pain. His suit alleged that Zimmer had negligently designed the Durom Cup and failed to warn about its defect.

According to the suit, Zimmer altered the Durom Cup’s plasma coating prior to entering the U.S. market. However, the device maker failed to conduct additional testing on the altered product and failed to disclose that it had made a significant design change to the hip implant. After a three-week trial, the jury found Zimmer liable for negligent design and failure to warn, awarding Kline $153,317.94 in past medical expenses, $2.4 million in past noneconomic damages, including pain and suffering and mental distress, and $6.6 million in future noneconomic damages.

Zimmer is one of several device manufacturers facing product liability lawsuits involving defective metal-on-metal hip implants. While plaintiffs have achieved mixed results, DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. and Stryker Corp. recently entered into billion dollar settlements.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by a dangerous or defective medical device, don’t hesitate to contacta San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.