Zimmer Biomet Reverse Shoulder Lawsuits

Device Recall – Biomet comprehensive reverse shoulder replacement systems have been recalled. Shoulder Recall Lawsuits are moving forward.

Zimmer Biomet Reverse Should Injuries Lead to Recall

shoulder replacementOn December 20, 2016, Zimmer Biomet sent an Urgent Medical Device Recall Notice and a Certificate of Acknowledgement form to all affected customers.  This Notice was directed mostly toward healthcare providers in an effort to account for each of the 3,662 devices distributed between October 2008 and September 2015.  But, it is important that consumers take note of this dangerous recall.

Any individual who received a total shoulder replacement between October 2008 and December 2016, should contact their healthcare provider immediately to determine if the Recalled Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement Device was utilized.

What is a Reverse Shoulder Replacement Surgery?

In shoulder replacement surgery, doctors replace the ends of the damaged upper arm bone (humerus) and usually the shoulder bone (scapula) or cap them with artificial surfaces lined with plastic or metal and plastic.

Reverse shoulder replacement surgery is a newer procedure used on people who have painful arthritis in their shoulder and also have damage to the muscles around the shoulder.  In a reverse shoulder replacement surgery, the surgeon removes the damaged bone and smooths the ends, he or she attaches the rounded joint piece to the shoulder bone and uses the cup-shaped piece to replace the top of the upper arm bone.

Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder System

An estimated 90 percent of all shoulder replacements should last 10 years or more, so the FDA pays attention when implanted devices fail within just a few years of implantation, such as in the case of the Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder System.

FDA approval process

The Zimmer Biomet Shoulder Replacement was designed to restore arm movement to patients undergoing reverse shoulder replacement.   Zimmer Biomet received clearance for the Biomet Shoulder Replacement in 2008 through the controversial 510(K) program, an expedited clearance process that allows medical devices to go to market without the normal safety testing when the device maker can show that the new device is substantially similar to an already approved device.

FDA RECALL – Zimmer Biomet Reverse Shoulder Injuries lead to Recall due to a High Fracture Rate

On February 16, 2017, the FDA issued a Class 1 recall of the Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder System.  The Class 1 recall is the most serious type of recall, reserved for devices that may cause serious injuries or death.  According to the FDA, the Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder replacement devices fractures at higher rates than is stated on the label.  Fractures may result in revision surgeries which could cause serious adverse health consequences such as permanent loss of shoulder function, infection, or death.

High Fracture Rate of Zimmer Biomet Shoulder System Could Lead to Death

According to a May 2016 study of the Danish Shoulder Arthroplasty Registry between 2006 and 2012, fracture patients had a 6 times higher incidence of death within 30 days than the general population.  According to this study, pulmonary, cardiac, and abdominal causes of death were common.

Zimmer Biomet Reverse Shoulder Lawsuits

Product liability lawsuits are currently being filed against Zimmer-Biomet alleging that the Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Systems failed.  As a result of the failure, additional surgery is needed to remove and replace the allegedly defective devices.  In addition to revision surgeries, shoulder implant lawsuits allege that patients have been put at an increased risk for:

  • Bone Loss
  • Device Fracture
  • Device Failure
  • Permanent loss of shoulder function
  • Infection
  • Death

Has There Been a Zimmer Biomet Shoulder Settlement?

appointment with shoulder surgeonIn 2016, Biomet Inc. agreed to pay $350,000 to a Colorado man who claimed to experience the failure of two Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Replacements due to the component that the company had recalled in 2010.

According to court documents, the plaintiff underwent a left reverse shoulder replacement with Biomet’s Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder in September 2009, and the same device was implanted in his right shoulder in 2010. But within just a few years of implantation, both shoulders failed at the joint between the trunnion and the baseplate, causing the patient to experience pain, loss of function, and the necessity for revision surgery to remove and replace both devices.

Why File a Zimmer Biomet Reverse Shoulder Lawsuit?

A shoulder replacement lawsuit may allow victims of failed shoulder replacement surgery to obtain compensation for their damages, which might include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent injury

If you are a patient that had a Shoulder Arthroplasty and you suspect a fracture, contact your health provider immediately – close postoperative monitoring of pulmonary, cardiac, and abdominal conditions is important in fracture patients.

Zimmer Biomet Shoulder Replacement Timeline

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Updates for Zimmer Biomet Shoulder Replacement Lawsuit

May 2023 Update for Zimmer Biomet Shoulder Replacement Lawsuit

Cases for the Zimmer Biomet Shoulder Replacement lawsuit are still on-going. There are still no reports of a settlement, but more cases are being filed.

April 2023 Update for Zimmer Biomet Shoulder Replacement Lawsuit

There are no reports of a settlement yet for the Zimmer Biomet Shoulder Replacement lawsuit. There are still more cases being filed as the investigation continues. If you or someone you know has been affected as a patient with a shoulder arthroplasty and you suspect you’ve been injured, you may be entitled to compensation.

March 2023 Update for Zimmer Biomet Shoulder Replacement Lawsuit

The case is still ongoing and there has been no report of a settlement yet. If you or someone you know has dealt with medical complications due to an issue with a Zimmer Biomet shoulder replacement, seek out the lawyers at TruLaw for a free consultation. Find out if you are entitled to compensation today.