The judge overseeing the federal Zimmer NexGen Knee litigation in Illinois has ordered opening statements in the first bellwether trial to begin Oct. 13, 2015.
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What’s the Problem?
June 15, 2015 – To date, more than 1,000 Zimmer NexGen Knee lawsuits have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) before Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer in the Northern District of Illinois. Only one component of the NexGen knee replacement system, the MIS Tibial device, was recalled over reports of loosening.
Plaintiffs in the MDL allege that Zimmer’s NexGen high-flex components theoretically allow patients to bend their knees by 155 degrees, while standard NexGen components provide for up to 125 degrees of bending, according to Law360. The plaintiffs further contend that engineering changes Zimmer made to allow a greater degree of flexibility in its NexGen components caused greater stress on the knee replacements, and that the high-flex knee implants often require patients to undergo revision surgery. They also question whether the devices actually increase a patient’s range of motion.
The cases Zimmer selected as bellwether trials are:
- Gloria Ebarb v. Zimmer Inc. et al.
- Mark Stephen Dobrzynski & Laura Left Dobrzynski, by Trustee Richard M. Fogel v. Zimmer Inc. et al.
- Richard Lawrence v. Zimmer Inc. et al.
On March 12, Zimmer issued a worldwide recall for another one of its knee implant components, the Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate, after it was linked to reports of “loosening and radiolucent lines” which could require the need for revision surgery.
Do I Have a Zimmer Knee Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Zimmer NexGen Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury cases in all 50 states.
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