Another component in Zimmer’s NexGen knee replacement line has been named in a personal injury lawsuit. Earlier this month, a woman from Tennessee filed a federal complaint alleging she suffered serious bodily injury and harm following total knee Arthroplasty with the Zimmer NexGen LPS-Flex femoral component.
The plaintiff named in lawsuit underwent total knee replacement in January 2009. According to the complaint, the Zimmer NexGen LPS femoral component is a “high-flex” femoral component that purports to allow a greater degree of flexion than the standard femoral component. The lawsuit asserts that studies have shown that a knee implant with a higher degree of flexion places the knee at a greater risk of loosening.
Allegedly, that’s what happened to this Tennessee woman. On February 18, 2011, she began experiencing severe and debilitating pain, and has returned to her physician several times due to consistent pain in her knee, the complaint states. The lawsuit alleges that, as a direct and proximate use of the device, the plaintiff suffered, and will continue to suffer serious bodily injury and harm. It further alleges that she has incurred, and will continue to incur, medical expenses to treat her injuries and condition.
The lawsuit, which was filed by the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP on February 17, 2012 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division (CV No. 3:12-cv-00189), is just one of many filed around the country involving various NexGen Knee implant components, including the 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 a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.