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Friday, May 12, 2017

A Small Victory: But Justice Would Stop PREVENTABLE Harm


By Heba Elsherif   FiDA highlight
April 17, 2017
Two million dollars has been awarded to an Albuquerque man for a faulty Zimmer hip implant.
Plaintiff Brian M., a former University of New Mexico economist, received a metal hip replacement in 2010. Shortly following the surgery, however, Brian suffered from metallosis, the medical condition that involves the accumulation and deposition of metal debris specifically in the body’s soft tissue. Metallosis occurs when the metallic parts grate or abrade against one another in implant surgeries such as joint replacements.

Brian was 62 at the time of his surgery and suffered from extensive excruciating pain in his hip. He claims that the pain was limiting his enjoyment of his active life and that he had to, inevitably, cut his golf and tennis days short, according to the Zimmer hip implant lawsuit.
The U.S. District Judge Nan Nash said that, “Zimmer Inc., created a faulty device and should pay for past expenses, lost wages, and future medical expenses necessary to remove the dead flesh.”
The judge also contended Zimmer was responsible for causing the infection that further developed because of the hip replacement surgery.
Brian claims that before his surgery, there were already lawsuits being filed about the occurrences of metallosis from hip replacement surgeries. As a result, he had looked at a multitude of option beforehand with his surgeon, and concluded that such incidences with hip replacement surgeries had been resolved, the Zimmer hip implant lawsuit explains.
According to Brian, however, that problem with the device that had been inserted, stemmed from metal debris deriving from the femoral joint, and not the hip socket joint. That metal debris resulted in sending the toxic metal into his leg and drove the deterioration of his leg muscle.
After surgery was performed to remove the metal pieces from his leg, a third operation had to take place to remove the deteriorated muscle that had been killed by the infection.
Treatment for the infection was prescribed and he had to have intravenous antibiotics twice a day for several weeks. Per the Zimmer hip implant lawsuit, “the threat of that infection re-emerging remains for the rest of his life.” Judge Nash had taken this into account when allotting the plaintiff, the $2 million.
Personal injury attorneys throughout the nation celebrate the victory and say that the lawsuit is one of many more to come against Zimmer..
Brian is unable to play as many sports but he sustains his walking ability.
He states of his success that although he was not surprised that the Zimmer hip implant lawsuit developed the way it had, the award granted is a “pleasant end to an ugly ordeal.

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