If You are Suffering due to a Defective Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder System, then You may be Eligible for Compensation
On December 15, 2016, Zimmer Biomet, manufacturer of Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder System Humeral Tray, recalled more than 3,000 pieces of said device after it was discovered that the device was fracturing at a higher rate than is stated in its labeling. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), fractures can result in revision surgeries that can lead to serious adverse health consequences, including permanent loss of shoulder function, infection, or death (though rarely).
The shoulder is made up of three bones: the humerus, or the upper arm bone; the scapula, or the shoulder blade; and, the clavicle, which is the collarbone. In this bones are found the articular cartilage and the synovial membrane. The first, which covers the surfaces of the bones, is a smooth substance that protects and enables the bones to move easily; the second, which is a thin, smooth tissue, produces a small amount of fluid that lubricates the cartilage. These two, with the tendons and muscles that surround and providing e stability and support to the shoulder, enable the shoulder to rotate and move in a great range of motion – greater than any other ball-and-socket joint in the body.
Despite all the shoulder support and protection, certain conditions and diseases can cause the shoulder bone to fracture or destroy the joint cartilage or shoulder joint, resulting to inflammation, extreme joint pain and/or a limited range of shoulder motion. To those suffering from any (or a combination of these conditions), doctors recommended shoulder replacement surgery, especially if the more conservative or non-surgical methods no longer work. The surgery would replace damaged parts of the shoulder with artificial components, called prosthesis. Some surgeries are aimed at replacing only the ball or the head of the humerus bone, or replacing the glenoid, or the ball and the socket. Whichever part is replaced, this surgery guarantees relief from pain, and restoration of shoulder strength, motion and function.
The Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder, in particular, is a surgically implanted shoulder replacement device that is designed to help restore arm movement. This device is beneficial, especially to patients with previously failed shoulder joint replacement, or those with rotator cuff tears who have developed a severe type of shoulder arthritis known as arthropathy.
Due to the high rate of device failure, specifically fracturing, it is recommended that patients who experience increased shoulder pain or limited mobility following the implantation file a Zimmer shoulder lawsuit.
Those who suffer a serious fracture due to a defective Zimmer Biomet comprehensive reverse shoulder system may be eligible for compensation for their pain, suffering, medical bills, and other damages. Zimmer shoulder lawsuit lawyers believe that medical device manufacturers have a responsibility to properly test and label their devices, and if those systems fail, they should be held accountable for the injuries they cause.