Man Awarded $2 Million in Defective Hip Implant Lawsuit

A hip implant patient who suffered metal poisoning from a defective hip implant device was awarded $2 million in a lawsuit last month. A New Mexico judge ruled that Zimmer Inc. must pay the plaintiff, Michael McDonald, $2 million for his injuries.

Defective Hip Implant Device Gives Patient Metal Poisoning

McDonald underwent hip implant surgery in 2010. The device used was Zimmer’s M/L Taper Hip Prosthesis with Kinectiv Technology (MLTK) and cobalt-chromium head. McDonald’s lawsuit states that he developed metallosis from the defective device. This form of metal poisoning occurs when metal-on-metal hip implant components rub together. Microscopic metal particles are released into the body.

According to the judge, McDonald’s poisoning was due to a defect in the hip implant. The verdict states that Zimmer failed to adequately test its design.

McDonald had to undergo a revision surgery in 2011. He will likely need a third surgery in the future to remove the implant and kill the infection. He would then need another hip prosthesis, requiring another recovery period.

“A defective hip implant can totally derail a patient’s life and cause severe injuries. We’re glad the judge ruled in favor of this patient so he can get the treatment he needs,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured by a defective product and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

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