Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacement Claims

Zimmer Durom Metasul Hip Replacement Claims

We represent a significant number of people fitted with the Zimmer Durom metal-on-metal hip replacement system between 2003 and 2013.

The implant is made up of a Zimmer Durom acetabular cup (the socket part of the joint) and a Metasul head (the ball part of the joint). Scientific studies have shown that the device has a higher rate of failure compared to many other implants and can cause damage to the joint through the release of metal debris from the implant. The Durom cup has also been found to have unusually high rates of loosening, leading in many cases to failure of the hip.

If you've had issues related to the device, or have experienced a similar issue with a metal-on-metal hip product, our solicitors may be able to help you to claim compensation.

Sale of the Zimmer Durom hip replacement was discontinued in 2012 but many patients have already been affected by early failure of the prosthesis. Others still have the implants in place. While many implants have been effective, a significant proportion have been known to cause pain and injury to patients, from tissue discomfort to bone damage. This can have a serious impact on patients' lifestyles, livelihoods and wellbeing.

If you or a loved one has been affected by problems with Zimmer's Durom hip replacement product, our trained and experienced lawyers may be able to help you make a claim. The team is ready to draw upon their years of experience in dealing with cases regarding defective medical products, and from your initial call to the conclusion of the case, they'll be on hand to give you all the help and support you need, including any help accessing medical care or rehabilitation you might require.

If you have any questions about claiming compensation for issues that have been caused by Zimmer's Durom hip replacement implant, call us today on 0800 121 6567 for a free initial consultation about your case, or contact us online and we'll make sure to contact you. We'll talk through your situation, and give you our expert advice on what to do next. There's no obligation for you to continue with us after this initial call.

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Zimmer Durom Metasul Hip Replacement Claims - More Information
    • What's The Claims Process?
    • To make a compensation claim for an injury or illness caused by a defective medical product, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with us for a free consultation. We'll discuss what's happened to you, advise you on whether or not we think you can claim, and work out whether you could benefit from a No Win No Fee* arrangement.

      If you do decide to make a claim with us, we'll usually follow the same three stages:

      1. Investigation. We'll begin by determining the extent of your injury or illness, and any losses that you may experience as a result. This may involve an examination carried out by a medical expert.
      2. Compensation. We'll work out how much compensation you should get based on the severity of your injuries, your pain and suffering, any medical expenses you've had, and your ability to get back to work. We'll put this amount to your opponent, and they can either accept or contest your claim.
      3. Conclusion. If your opponent accepts liability, you'll be awarded compensation. If not, court proceedings will begin.

        Starting proceedings doesn't mean that your claim will definitely go to trial. Instead, it means that the court will put a timetable in place and manage your claim towards trial. There is still the possibility for your opponent to settle.

        If you do have to go to court, we'll be there to support you every step of the way. If we agreed to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee* arrangement, then you won't have to pay anything if you are unsuccessful.

      If you have any questions about the claims process, please contact us today on 0800 121 6567 for your free initial consultation.

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee* Claim?
    • To make a compensation claim for an injury caused by a defective medical product, the first thing you need to do is get in touch with us for a free consultation. We'll discuss what's happened to you, advise you on whether or not we think you can claim, and work out whether you could benefit from a No Win No Fee* arrangement.

      If you do decide to make a claim with us, we'll usually follow the same three stages:

      1. Investigation. We'll begin by determining the extent of your injury or illness, and any losses that you may experience as a result. This may involve an examination carried out by a medical expert.
      2. Compensation. We'll work out how much compensation you should get based on the severity of your injuries, your pain and suffering, any medical expenses you've had, and your ability to get back to work. We'll put this amount to your opponent, and they can either accept or contest your claim.
      3. Conclusion. If your opponent accepted blame, you'll be awarded compensation. If not, court proceedings will begin.

        Starting proceedings doesn't mean that your claim will definitely go to trial. Instead, it means that the court takes over the management of your case – and there is still the opportunity for your opponent to settle.

        If you do have to go to court, we'll be there to support you every step of the way. If we agreed to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee* arrangement, then you won't have to pay anything if you were unsuccessful.

      If you have any questions about the claims process, please contact us today on 0800 121 6567 for your free initial consultation.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You generally have to make a compensation claim for personal injury within three years of the date of the injury or illness caused by a defective medical product. There are exceptions to this including for children and individuals who are unable to make their own legal decisions.

      Defective product claims must also be brought within 10 years of the date the product went into circulation. This 10 year time limit cannot be extended.

      Time limits are judged strictly on a case-by-case basis by the courts, so it's best to get in touch with us for some advice. Call today on 0800 121 6567 for a free consultation on your case, and we'll be happy to help.

    • What Is A Group Claim, And What Are The Benefits?
    • When an entire line of medical products is defective, many people may suffer injuries as a result. In these situations, it is possible to make a group claim to ensure you and your fellow victims are fully and fairly compensated for your trauma.

      In some cases a group action may be appropriate way for the court to manage a number of similar claims together without having a trial of each individual claim. Group actions can help people to share legal expertise as well as the cost by working together, to try and maximise the chances of being fully and fairly compensated for your trauma.

      We have extensive experience in pursuing group actions relating to many different types of claim, including for defective products, drugs and medical devices.

      The expertise and results achieved for our clients means that Irwin Mitchell is the most highly ranked personal injury firm in the UK by two independent leading legal reviews.

      If you're unsure about whether making a group claim is right for you, it's best to seek some advice. contact us and we'll be able to advise you on the options.


Meeting manufacturing specifications is a must for companies producing medical devices, especially those designed to be implanted within the body. People are entitled to expect the highest levels of safety.”

Tim Annett, Partner
Defective Products

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Make A Zimmer Durom Hip Replacement Claim?

If you or a loved one has suffered problems after being fitted with a Zimmer Durom hip replacement you may be able to claim compensation

If your injuries are due to a faulty implant we will claim against the manufacturer. If however you have been injured because an implant was fitted badly, you may be able to make a claim on the grounds of medical negligence, which would be against the person or organisation responsible for the procedure.

If you're not sure whether you'll be able to make a claim, it's best to seek advice from the experts. Call us today on 0800 121 6567, or contact us online, for a free, no-obligation initial consultation about your case.

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What Problems Have Been Linked To Zimmer's Durom Hip Replacement Implants?

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) set out guidelines in 2015 which say that the failure rate for hip replacements should not exceed 0.5% per year (3.5% over 7 years). However, the National Joint Registry published UK surgical data (from the period 2003 – 2013) showing that the Durom acetabular component had a 9.45% failure rate at 7 years.

The product was recalled in the US by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in July 2007. The authority said that surgical techniques with a "higher degree of precision" than usual were required in order to fit the implant. In October 2009, the UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) advised that an additional DVD and literature pack should be provided to surgeons to show them how to fit the cup.

Although never formally recalled in the UK, in 2012 Zimmer ceased to produce the device.

The main issues with the implant have been the instability of the acetabular cup, and the metal-on-metal construction leading to the release of metal ions into the blood. These issues have the potential to cause the following:

  • Pain in the hip or groin
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty walking
  • Numbness in the hip, groin or leg
  • Destruction to bone and surrounding soft tissue
  • Fractures and other bone damage
  • The formation of pseudo-tumours
  • Clicking and grinding noises resulting from movement
  • Total implant failure

Patients can also suffer an adverse reaction to the metal debris (ARMD) produced by the implant. ARMD is caused by metal ions being released by the implant, which can cause significant damage to the surrounding tissue.

If you've experienced any of the above, we recommend that you seek immediate medical attention and visit your GP as soon as possible.

If you're not sure whether you'll be able to make a claim, be sure to seek some advice from our expert solicitors. Call us today on 0800 121 6567, or contact us online, for a free, no-obligation initial consultation about your case.


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Why Choose Irwin Mitchell For A Zimmer Durom Hip Replacement Claim?

Our medical negligence and product liability lawyers have spent many years dealing with metal-on-metal hip resurfacing claims. During this time we've gained an in-depth understanding of the ways in which defective medical products affect patients, both physically and mentally, and how these effects have negatively impacted other aspects of their lives as well. We use all of this knowledge to ensure you get the compensation and medical help you deserve.

Our lawyers will work hard to secure the maximum amount of compensation you are due, and if you're in need of physiotherapy, surgery or any other form of medical support, we'll make sure your settlement reflects this. You may even be able to receive this assistance before the case is settled – our focus on rehabilitation has seen us win Post Magazine’s Rehabilitation Award for Claimant Solicitors on seven occasions.

If you have any questions about making a claim, or how we can help, call us today on 0800 121 6567, or contact us online, for a free initial consultation on your case. You have no obligation to continue after contacting us.

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