Medical implants must be durable and sturdy enough to stand up to a virtual lifetime of use by patients in California and all across the country. A patient from another state claims that her implant was faulty and ultimately caused her more harm than good. She is now seeking compensation against both Zimmer Inc., the manufacturer of the alleged defective medical device, as well as the hospital that implanted it.
In June 2013, the victim broke her femur so badly that she required extensive surgery to repair the damage. Various cables and screws were implanted during the surgery, including a titanium plate. Months later in Nov. 2013, the victim reported that she felt something snap in her leg, followed by a series of crunching sounds. After being taken to the hospital, it was discovered that the titanium plate had actually broken.