Zimmer Attempts to Settle Defective Hip Cases Directly with Patients

Recently, I’ve heard rumors that Zimmer Inc. is attempting to contact patients injured by the defective Zimmer Durom Cup hip implant in order to settle potential legal claims. While some of those injured may be anxious to speak with Zimmer officials about such a settlement, it’s not always in the best interest of those injured to resolve their claims without first speaking to an attorney who’s experienced in handling medical device defect claims. Let me explain why. First, experts are not sure the extent of the Zimmer hip problem. The exact nature and cause of the defect has yet to be determined. Second, a patient is rarely in a position to negotiate a fair resolution for the injuries suffered due to the Zimmer hip. Third, even the injured party may not be aware of future problems the Zimmer hip implant may cause. These are just some of the reasons to consult an attorney who has handled medical device cases.
It’s also important to mention that if you have retained an attorney, Zimmer officials are not allowed to speak with you about your potential case without the consent and advice of your attorney.
Just as I wouldn’t represent myself in a criminal matter, it’s never a good idea to represent yourself in any civil matter. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to find and retain an attorney so that your rights are protected and your potential claim is investigated thoroughly.