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Zimmer Biomet Shoulder Injury Lawsuit
When having a surgery makes an injury worse, it’s hard to imagine what your options are after that. This is the case for many who have undergone a shoulder surgery within the span of 7 years. If you were one of the thousands of patients who received an implant during an shoulder operation, you may be eligible for compensation under the Zimmer Shoulder replacement lawsuit.
The shoulder implant, known as a Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder device, is manufactured by Zimmer Biomet. In early 2017, the FDA issued an urgent recall on the product for adverse side effects associated with revision surgery.
If you received a Zimmer Biomet Shoulder implant and are ready to speak to an attorney today, contact the attorneys at Searcy Denney at (888) 549-7011. We are glad to assist you during this difficult time, and can help answer all your questions.
What Is a Zimmer Shoulder?
The Zimmer Biomet Shoulder implant is an anatomical medical device that simulates the humerus bone and socket of the shoulder, originally created to help restore an individual’s arm movement. After it’s surgically implanted, the tool reverses the normal anatomy of the shoulder, as the ball is placed on the shoulder blade and socket of the upper arm, allowing the deltoid muscle to control the entire arm.
Though reverse total shoulder replacement surgery is generally known for its complexity as well as its complications, thousands are still performed annually throughout the U.S.. Zimmer Biomet claimed their product was especially beneficial for those suffering from a rotator cuff tear, which often leads to the development of arthritis, or “cuff tear arthropathy.” Patients whose previous shoulder replacement surgeries were unsuccessful also qualified for and received the Zimmer shoulder implant.
As the second-largest medical device manufacturer in the world, Zimmer Biomet sells more than one million artificial knee, shoulder, hip, ankle, foot and elbow implants annually. The company sees more than $4.5 billion sales each year.
Zimmer Biomet manufactured the device between August 2008 and September 2011, before distributing it between October 2008 and September 2015. This means that if you received comprehensive reverse shoulder implant surgery during that time, you may be owed compensation for the faulty product.
If you’re not sure how a monetary settlement can help you, consider how it can offset the cost of medical bills, treatment or missed wages. More importantly, you and your family deserve to be treated justly, without having to pay for the mistakes a company has made. Let us fight for justice on your behalf.
Zimmer Biomet Shoulder Recall
Earlier this year, the FDA issued an urgent recall on the Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder implant. The recall is a “Class 1” recall, which is the highest recall level possible and indicates there’s a “reasonable probability that use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences or death.”
The FDA released the following information regarding the product. This is pertinent information for any patient who thinks they might have a defective shoulder implant:
Class 1 Recall
Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder System Humeral Tray Model 115340
Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Humeral
All lots with part number 115340
October 2008 to September 2015
Aug 25, 2008 to Sep 27, 2011
Risk of Injury with Zimmer Shoulder
Patients who received the Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder device between October 2008 and September 2015 are at risk for injury. If you or a loved one underwent a reverse shoulder replacement surgery or total shoulder replacement surgery during the aforementioned dates, you should contact your healthcare provider to see which product was used in your operation.
Risks associated with the Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse shoulder implant include permanent loss of shoulder function, infection and, in rare yet worse case scenarios, death.
It’s important that you check with your physician as soon as possible, even if you aren’t experiencing adverse symptoms or side effects following your shoulder surgery.
You could also benefit from speaking with the attorneys at Searcy Denney. We know your rights when it comes to defective medical devices, and we have come alongside hundreds of other hurting patients who have suffered as a result of faulty products. Call us today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation at (888) 549-7011. Please, don’t delay and increase the likelihood of further health complications or worse.
Reasons Behind the Zimmer Shoulder Recall
The problem with the Zimmer Biomet device is in its design, versus a manufacturing error. The device has a high rate of fracturing, more so than what is stated on the product’s label. When this happens, the patient usually has to have a revision surgery. This puts them at a higher risk for permanent loss of shoulder function, pain and infection, which can ultimately result in irreversible harm such as death.
Do You Have a Zimmer Shoulder? What to Do Next
Were you implanted with a Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder device? If so, contact your physician – even if you haven’t experienced adverse side effects or any other symptoms. Your health could be at stake.
If you received a shoulder implant but are unsure as to what type or model it was, contact the hospital where you had your surgery. You are entitled to copies of your medical records, which should reveal whether you received the Zimmer Biomet implant and if qualify for the Zimmer Shoulder replacement lawsuit.
If you have already experienced issues or complications with your shoulder implant, you can report them directly to the FDA MedWatch by clicking here.
Lastly, if you believe you’re eligible for the Zimmer Shoulder replacement lawsuit and want to pursue legal action, contact a medical device attorney. The attorneys at Searcy Denney have extensive experience with claims for defective medical devices and can help you know just what steps to take to protect your and your family’s rights.
FAQ’s About the Zimmer Shoulder Replacement Lawsuit
The following are frequently asked questions regarding the Zimmer Shoulder replacement lawsuit. If you don’t see your question below, are confused or still have a concern, the attorneys at Searcy Denney are ready for your call. Call our offices at to speak with an experienced attorney today at (888) 549-7011. We want to help you move forward with your life.
Q: Do I qualify for the Zimmer Shoulder replacement lawsuit?
A: If you received a Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder device between October 2008 to September 2015, you may qualify for a lawsuit.
Q: What are the symptoms or risks associated with the Zimmer Shoulder replacement?
A: The Zimmer Shoulder replacement device is known for failing or fracturing, which could lead to revision surgery, permanent loss of shoulder function, pain, infection and other serious injuries, including death.
Q: Do I need an attorney to pursue a lawsuit?
A: An experienced attorney can make the legal process smoother and more convenient for you and your family, and possibly earn a larger settlement.
Q: How much does it cost to hire an attorney?
A: The associates at Searcy Denney work on contingency, meaning we only get paid if we win your case. You don’t have to worry about any out-of-pocket costs.
How Searcy Denney Can Help with Your Zimmer Shoulder Replacement Lawsuit
If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve either been implanted with a Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder device, or you know someone who has had the replacement surgery. At any rate, the last thing you want to do now is search for an attorney and pursue a legal battle. Who could blame you?
The attorneys at Searcy Denney know that hiring a lawyer can seem overwhelming, especially when all you want to do focus on recovery. Quite the opposite, one of the benefits of hiring an experienced attorney is that we will handle all aspects of your case, so that you may focus on yourself, your family and your recovery. We care and want the best for you, and we are qualified to fight on your behalf.
Let us answer your questions and help lead you in the right direction. It’s free, confidential, and you are under no obligation to hire us for your case if you have one. Contact us today at (888) 549-7011. You deserve the best chance you can get at a better quality of life for the future.
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