A national law firm has filed more than a dozen lawsuits against Zimmer Orthopaedics alleging various components in its NexGen Knee Implant line caused serious injuries, some resulting in the need for revision surgery. The Zimmer NexGen Knee Implant components named in the lawsuits include Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex Component and the Zimmer NexGen LPS-Flex Component.
All of the complaints – 13 in total – were filed by the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP on March 5, 2012. The complaints will be included in the Zimmer NexGen Knee Implant multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (MDL 2272). The complaints name Zimmer, Inc., Zimmer Holdings, Inc., and Zimmer Orthopaedic Surgical Products, Inc. as Defendants.
All of the Zimmer NexGen Knee lawsuits filed by Parker Waichman LLP allege that Plaintiffs have suffered injuries as a result of the named Zimmer NexGen Knee device(s) manufactured by the Defendants. The lawsuits assert that as a result of their injuries, the Plaintiffs are entitled to recover compensatory damages for pain and suffering and emotional distress and for economic loss as well as punitive damages.
As we’ve reported previously, Zimmer has been named in numerous lawsuits throughout the country involving various NexGen knee components, including Zimmer NexGen CR-Flex femoral components, Zimmer NexGen MIS tibial components and Zimmer NexGen LPS-Flex femoral components. All of the lawsuits allege that plaintiffs experienced problems following knee replacement surgery as a result of design defects with the Zimmer NexGen components. In many cases, those problems often resulted in the need for painful revision surgeries.
Last August, all federal NexGen Knee Replacement component lawsuits filed in federal courts were centralized in the Northern District of Illinois. In December, attorneys for Zimmer filed a motion seeking the centralization of New Jersey state lawsuits involving certain NexGen Knee components in Middlesex County, which they say is the least congested venue and centrally located for all parties