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Zimmer Biomet Reverse Shoulder Lawsuit

Zimmer BiometOver 50,000 Americans undergo shoulder replacement surgery each year to relieve joint pain. There are several types of shoulder replacement surgery, including conventional and reverse shoulder replacement. Reverse shoulder replacement is performed in patients who have completely torn rotator cuffs or previously failed replacement surgeries. Reverse implants rely on different muscles to move the arm than traditional implants and can help restore some motion to these patients who have completely lost the mobility in their shoulders due to severe pain.

Zimmer Biomet is the second-largest medical device manufacturer in the world, each year selling more than 1 million artificial knees, shoulder, hip, ankle, foot and elbow implants. The company has over $4.5 billion in annual sales.

There is a lawsuit involving  Zimmer Biomet’s Reverse Shoulder systems states that the manufacturer of this medical device was negligent with its design that is experiencing a high failure rate, and the need for revision surgery. The team of defective medical device attorneys at Jones Brown Law are currently accepting cases involving injury due to the use of the Zimmer Biomet Reverse Shoulder. If you or a loved one has been affected by the Zimmer Biomet system please contact the Jones Brown Team by CLICKING HERE.

Side Effects Linked to Zimmer Biomet Reverse Shoulder

Zimmer Biomet’s Reverse Shoulder implant has been linked to a higher than expected fracture rate, and patients who have been implanted with the artificial shoulder may require revision surgery to repair, remove or replace the device with another implant, should it fracture. Unfortunately, failed shoulder implants requiring additional surgeries may put patients at risk for serious side effects, possibly including:

  • Infection
  • Tissue and bone damage
  • Severe pain
  • Impaired shoulder movement
  • Permanent loss of shoulder movement
  • Death

For some patients who were implanted with a Zimmer Biomet shoulder, receiving a replacement device may no longer be an option, and for others, the risks associated with revision surgery are too great.

Zimmer Biomet Recall

Zimmer Biomet was forced to issue the recall due to increasing reports of device failure, specifically fracturing. The fracture rate of the devices was significantly higher than the rate stated in the product’s labeling. In the event of a device failure, like fracturing, the affected individual may be forced to have revision surgery that can possibly lead to loss of shoulder function and feeling, infection, and in some cases, even death.

Product Specifics:

  • Product Description: Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder System Humeral Tray Model 115340
  • Trade Name: Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Humeral
  • Product Code: KWS, PAO
  • Lot Numbers: All lots with part number 115340;
  • Distribution Dates: October 2008 to September 2015
  • Manufacturing Dates: August 25, 2008, to September 27, 2011
  • Devices Recalled: 3662
  • December 2016 – The manufacturer, Zimmer Biomet, sent an Urgent Medical Device Recall Notice and Certificate of Acknowledgement to all customers, mostly health care providers to account for the thousands of devices used in patients between October 2008 and September 2015.
  • February 2017 – A Class I recall was issued for the Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Humeral Tray. A Class I recall is the most serious recall issued by the FDA indicating a serious risk of severe injury or even death.

Zimmer Biomet Reverse Shoulder Lawsuit

Patients harmed by Zimmer Biomet’s Reverse Shoulder System may be able to seek compensation for medical expenses, wages lost and other damages in the form of a Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Lawsuit.

The Law Offices of Jones Brown is currently investigating cases for a potential lawsuit against the makers of the Comprehensive system, Biomet Inc., now Zimmer-Biomet. If you or someone you love suffered complications like device failure or a need for additional surgeries after being implanted with a Zimmer Biomet device, contact the defective medical device team of attorneys with Jones Brown PLLC.  Jones Brown can answer your questions and help you determine if your case qualifies for a possible Zimmer Biomet Reverse Shoulder Lawsuit. Get your claim started now by CLICKING HERE.

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