New York, NY (PRWEB) February 27, 2012
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm representing people injured by defective medical devices, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman allegedly injured by the Zimmer NexGen LPS-Flex femoral component (hereinafter "Zimmer NexGen Knee"). The Zimmer NexGen Knee lawsuit was filed on February 17, 2012 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division (CV No. 3:12-cv-00189). The complaint names Zimmer, Inc., Zimmer Holdings, Inc., and Zimmer Orthopaedic Surgical Products, Inc. as Defendants.
According to the lawsuit, the Plaintiff, a woman from Tennessee, received a Zimmer NexGen Knee during Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA), also known as total knee replacement, on January 13, 2009. On February 18, 2011, she began experiencing severe and debilitating pain. The Plaintiff has returned to her physician several times due to consistent pain in her knee, the complaint states.
According to the lawsuit, about 85 to 90 percent of total knee replacements are successful up to 10 years, the complaint states. The Zimmer NexGen Knee uses a "high-flex" femoral component that purports to allow a greater degree of flexion than the standard femoral component. However, the lawsuit asserts that studies have shown that a knee implant with a higher degree of flexion places the knee at a greater risk of loosening.
According to the complaint, a loose artificial knee causes pain and wearing away of the bone; can restrict a patient's daily activities; and involves a severe physical burden for the patient. Once the pain becomes unbearable or the individual loses function of the knee, the patient may be required to undergo revision surgery, and even then, may continue to suffer from reduced range of motion and diminished walking capacity. The rate of loosening also increases after revision surgery, according to the lawsuit.
The Zimmer NexGen Knee lawsuit alleges that, as a direct and proximate use of the device, the Plaintiff suffered, and will continue to suffer serious bodily injury and harm. It further alleges that she has incurred, and will continue to incur, medical expenses to treat her injuries and condition. The complaint claims that at no time material to her use of the Zimmer NexGen Knee was the Plaintiff or her physician told, warned, or given information about the higher risk of loosening associated with the device.
The lawsuit charges the Defendants with three counts of Strict Liability, including Failure to Warn and Design Defect; Negligence; and Breach of Express and Implied Warranties. The lawsuit seeks, among other things, compensatory damages in an amount not less than $3 million, as well as and punitive damages not less than $6 million, for each cause of action stated in the complaint.
Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free legal consultations to victims of alleged Zimmer NexGen Knee implant failures. If you or a loved experienced complications, including loosening or premature implant failure, following total knee replacement with a Zimmer NexGen Knee replacement component, please contact their office by visiting the firm's Zimmer NexGen Knee Implant page at http://www.yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).
For more information regarding Zimmer NexGen Knee lawsuits and Parker Waichman LLP, please visit: http://www.yourlawyer.com or call 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).
Parker Waichman LLP
Herbert Waichman, Partner