Hugh James is one of four law firms who have been appointed by the court under a Group Litigation order (GLO) to represent those who have been affected by illness or injury following a hip operation using Zimmer Metasul Large Diameter Head and Durom Metal on Metal Hip replacements. In total over 90 claimants are proceeding with claims against the manufacturers, Zimmer GmbH and Zimmer Limited based in Switzerland and Swindon, rather than the hospitals that implanted the hip replacement.
The Zimmer hip was designed to provide higher levels of mobility and durability to the patients who received it. However, the Zimmer Metasul and Zimmer Durom Metal on Metal Hip replacements have experienced higher levels of failure than expected. A typical hip implant should have a failure rate no higher than 3.5% over a seven year period; the Zimmer hip implants have experienced a rate of 9.45%.
Common problems associated with the Zimmer hip implant
The main problems associated with the Zimmer hip implants include cup loosening and metal wear.
Cup loosening is a significant problem for patients as it leads to instability of the hip joint, which can leave patients in a lot of pain and leads to lower levels of mobility. The other problem associated the Durom hip replacement is metal wear. Many patients who had the Durom hip replacement fitted suffered from an adverse reaction to metal debris (ARMD), where particles of metal from the Durom hip components were produced entered their blood stream.
Patients who received defective Zimmer hip implants may experience the following physical symptoms:
- Pain or aching in the hip joint and groin
- Reduced mobility
- Difficulty sleeping
Some patients who have Zimmer hip implants may not experience any physical symptoms of failure.
Abnormal blood test results and x-rays can also be signs of a defective Zimmer hip implant. If you’re suffering from any of the above symptoms you should contact your doctor for advice.
Making a claim for faulty Zimmer Implants
If you believe your health has suffered as a result of being implanted with a faulty Zimmer hip component, unfortunately the deadline issued by the high court to join the group register to take action against Zimmer closed on 30 October 2015. Therefore, you would not be able to proceed with a claim if you have been implanted with a faulty Zimmer hip component. However, if you are unsure of the make, model or manufacturer of your hip component you can still speak to any member of our specialist hips team over the phone for free, initial advice. We can either take further details over the phone, or if you would prefer, a member of our hips team can arrange to meet you in person, at a time and place to suit you to determine if you have a claim against one of the other hip component manufacturers. We can offer a no win, no fee arrangement on your case.