In August of 2006, Zimmer Inc. issued a recall on the Zimmer VERSYS Hip System Femoral Stem because of defects in the metal grain structure. The stated reason for this recall was “lack of assurance of proper metal fatigue strength.”
In light of this recall, as well as other evidence, Fales & Fales, P.A. is now representing individuals who have experienced problems because of the Zimmer VERSYS Hip System in an effort to obtain compensation from the manufacturer.
Background on the Zimmer Versys Hip Replacements
Zimmer, Inc. designed and sold several Versys devices used in hip replacement surgery, including the Zimmer Versys Hip System Femoral Head, the Versys Hip System Femoral Stem and others.
Unfortunately, some of these components have been shown to be defective. Patients who have undergone hip replacement with Versys components have experience a number of different issues, including hip replacement failure and blood poisoning. Some of the most common complaints filed with the United States Food and Drug Administration include broken components, fractures, dislocation, corrosion, loss of osseointegration, migration and metal shedding.
Zimmer, INC. Recalls Versys Hip Devices
In response to the ongoing issues with these devices, Zimmer recalled the Zimmer Versys Hip System Femoral Stem in 2006. This recall lasted until May 4, 2007.
Are all Zimmer Hip Replacement Devices Defective?
Several different Zimmer hip replacement products have been produced and used in surgery, which has contributed to confusion for patients and attorneys alike. In order to maximize your chances of recovering benefits, it is important to make sure that both you and your attorney understand the background and weaknesses of your hip replacement system.
The most recent lawsuits filed against Zimmer have dealt with the Zimmer Versys hip replacement system. Fales & Fales is currently accepting clients with complaints related to this specific product. However, it is important to note this is not the only hip replacement system produced by Zimmer that has been connected to problems. Zimmer’s Durom Hip replacement system has also been linked to injuries and early failure. In fact, the Zimmer Durom Hip Cup was suspended in 2008 and has been the subject of multiple lawsuits from past patients.
What Should I Do if I Have a Zimmer Versys Hip Replacement?
If you have a Zimmer Versys hip replacement, you may experience problems because of this device’s known defects. These devices are prone to breakage, and they may also cause metal poisoning. Follow the tips below to protect yourself and your right to collect compensation:
- If you are having any problems with your Zimmer Versys hip replacement device, you should consult an experienced medical product liability attorney as soon as possible for guidance.
- Have your blood tested for signs of metal poisoning. Seek treatment immediately if your results are not normal.
- If your hip replacement has fractured or failed, contact a medical product liability attorney before you undergo surgery to repair the problems with the VERSYS device.
- If Zimmer asks you to sign a release of liability form, do not agree to sign. If you sign these papers, you may not be able to sue Zimmer for any injury or illness related to the device. You may also be subjecting yourself to a lawsuit from Medicaid, Medicare or your health insurer.
Fales & Fales, P.A., is happy to evaluate your case free of charge. If you have a Zimmer Versys hip replacement device, contact our firmtoday for guidance. We will suggest several steps that you should take to protect your right to collect compensation.