Arizona Woman With Defective Artificial Hip
Sues Manufacturer Zimmer For Excruciating Pain
July 20, 2010 02:45 PM Eastern Daylight Time
PHOENIX--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Kent L. Klaudt, a partner in the national plaintiffs' law firm Lieff
Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, announced that Renee Donnelly filed a personal injury lawsuit against Zimmer
Inc., the nation's largest producer of orthopedic devices. Following her 2008 hip replacement, Donnelly suffered
excruciating pain that hindered her ability to perform basic physical motions for almost two years before having to
undergo a second hip replacement surgery in February 2010, due to an allegedly defective hip implant manufactured
and sold by Zimmer under the brand name Durom Cup.
The Durom Cup was first sold in the U.S. in 2006, and was implanted in more than 12,000 patients over a two-year
period. The complaint estimates that the failure rate of the Durom Cup so far is between 20% and 30%. The true
failure rate will ultimately be much higher as the device gradually fails over time, and doctors and their patients come
to realize that their implants are failing.
“At my age, I wanted to continue my active lifestyle, including spending time with my family, working with my
charities, traveling with my husband, and being able to perform basic daily activities,” stated Renee Donnelly, age 74,
of Paradise Valley, Arizona. “However, once I was implanted with the defective Durom Cup, my life became very
In July 2008, four months after Donnelly received her Durom Cup, Zimmer issued a “temporary suspension” of sales
of the Durom Cup device because of the unacceptable failure rate. “Rather than functioning in the intended manner,
the Durom Cup implant resists bone growth and becomes loose or pops free from the hip,” stated attorney Klaudt.
“As a result, a large number of Zimmer hip patients have experienced severe pain and have been forced, as was
Mrs. Donnelly, to undergo a painful and invasive revision surgery to remove the