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Zimmer Hip Class Action Filed in Canada

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Toronto, OntarioThe Zimmer hip debacle that alleges faulty hip replacements has migrated to the Great White North, with the recent announcement of a class-action lawsuit filed in Canada. The national class action, filed October 27th, represents all persons in Canada excluding the province of British Columbia, who may have been implanted with the allegedly faulty Zimmer Durom Cup.

PR Newswire reported October 28th that the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit has been proposed and identified as Eric Mets, a resident of Toronto who received his Zimmer hip replacement in October 2008. The replacement left him with what has been described as excruciating pain that hindered his capacity for basic daily tasks.

Less than two years following his original hip-replacement surgery, Mets underwent a second surgery in August of this year.

It should be noted that Mets received his new Zimmer hip several months after the marketing of Zimmer defective hip replacements was suspended in the US following complaints of failure long before the standard 15-year lifespan.

However, sales continued in Canada—a fact that legal counsel for Mets and the class-action lawsuit questions. According to Joel P. Rochon, of the Toronto law firm Rochon Genova LLP, "the disturbing aspect of this claim is that despite strong warnings from a leading American orthopedic surgeon in April 2008, and suspension of sales in the United States in July 2008, Zimmer continued to market the Durom Cup to surgeons and patients in Canada."

While Zimmer did issue a safety notice in Canada on November 15th of last year, sales continued in Canada in spite of suspended sales in the US. The statement of claim associated with the class-action lawsuit estimates the failure rate for the Zimmer defective hip replacements at about 24 percent in both the US and Canada.

The Zimmer Durom Cup was first licensed by Health Canada, the Canadian drug and medical device regulator, in 2005.

The metal-on-metal feature of the Durom Cup was aggressively marketed due to the promise for greater flexibility and range of motion than traditional hip replacements—important to baby boomers who are generally more active in their later years than a previous generation.

However, the Zimmer Durom Cup hip replacement soon proved to be problematic for many after the devices failed to adhere to bone as originally intended. The eventual loosening and separation from the hip socket can cause excruciating pain and potential damage to the pelvic bone.

The national class action is against Zimmer Inc., Zimmer Holdings Inc., Zimmer GMBH and Zimmer of Canada Ltd. The Zimmer group of companies is one of the largest producers of orthopedic devices in the world. The company recently announced strong third-quarter earnings.

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READER COMMENTS

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I had a construction accident 1983,damaged my left hip, hip replacement 1997, revision 2007, this one a Zimmer Titanium snapped 4 inches below the top, the surgeon against my request replaced it with a Zimmer again. WCB of Manitoba refuse to help me, they claim I am better than original (biological) and from what I have read on the internet this morning the law firms are more interested in there own financial benefits than helping the victims, yes victims so now we are becoming more victimized.

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I was given a Zimmer hip prosthesis with a ML Titanium stem, trilogy titanium shell, highly x-linked polyethylene liner. There are a few cases of a severe allergic reaction (7 in BC) - I am one of them. Does a class action suit vs Zimmer exist for these hips?

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I had a Zimmer Durom cup hip replacement 4 years ago and still have pain in the hip. I am waiting for test results and would like to learn more about the lawsuit. I also know of another person who had to have a revision due to complications with his Zimmer Durom prosthesis.

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