The lawsuit involving the Zimmer Biomet Reverse Shoulder states the manufacturer of this medical replacement device was negligent in the manufacturing and design of the implant, which is experiencing a high failure rate, and the need for revision surgery.
Why are Lawsuits Being Filed Involving the Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Implant
Claims are being filed against Zimmer Biomet because its Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Humeral implant has been failing a rate higher than the company revealed.
Zimmer Biomet marketed its reverse shoulder implant as a medical device intended to help restore a patient’s arm movement. The company claimed the device was especially helpful for patients who had suffered a rotator cuff tear known as “cuff tear arthropathy” (a severe type of shoulder arthritis), but which patients had failed to respond to traditional shoulder replacement surgery.
Unfortunately, these devices have been failing, resulting in the fractures, and revisions surgeries. The failures also can result in further loss of shoulder function, infections, and even death.
Which Zimmer Biomet Reverse Shoulder Implants are Subject to the Recall
The specific implant subject to the recall is the Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder System Humeral Tray Model 115340, which were manufactured between August 2008 and September 2011, and distributed between October 2008 and September 2015.
What is the Purpose of a Reverse Shoulder Implant
A conventional shoulder replacement implant is designed to replicate the normal anatomy of a shoulder. In a reverse shoulder replacement, the design is reversed to be exactly opposite to a person’s natural anatomy.
The reverse total shoulder replacement supposedly works better than conventional shoulder implants for people with cuff tear arthropathy because it relies on different muscles to move the arm. Specifically, the reverse shoulder replacement relies on the deltoid muscle, instead of the rotator cuff, to stabilize and operate the arm.
Zimmer Biomet Reverse Shoulder Recall Videos
Zimmer Biomet Reverse Shoulder Lawsuit News
In December 2016 Zimmer Biomet sent an Urgent Medical Device Recall Notice and a Certificate of Acknowledgement form to hospitals and physicians using certain reverse shoulder implants distributed over a seven year period. To read more, click Ortho Spine News
Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Recall
On December 15, 2016, Zimmer Biomet issued a voluntary recall of its 3,662 Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder Humeral implants distributed during the period 2008 - 2015. The company has asked for health care providers to remove all of the recalled implants from their shelves and return to the company.
Zimmer Biomet Reverse Shoulder Settlements
As of this time, there have been no large group settlements involving Zimmer Biomet shoulder recall. Generally, however, large groups of settlements do not occur until such time as a few cases are tried before a jury, and the manufacturer is able to more thoroughly understand its financial risk.