Texas woman sues claiming knee replacement device defective

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Sep. 2, 2013, 5:45pm

TEXARKANA, TEXAS - A Texas woman has filed a lawsuit claiming her knee replacement device was defective due to loosening.

Sandra Plunkett filed suit against Zimmer Inc., Zimmer Holdings Inc. and Zimmer Orthopaedic Surgical Products Inc. on Aug. 27 in the Eastern District of Texas, Texarkana Division.

Plunkett was implanted with a Zimmer NexGen Knee device on her right knee on March 2, 2010, and her left knee on Dec. 7, 2010, at Wadley Regional Medical Center. She underwent a revision surgery on April 30, 2012. 

In her lawsuit, the plaintiff claims that her device showed evidence of loosening.

The defendants are accused of strict liability for design defect, failure to warn, and manufacturing defect, negligence, negligent misrepresentation, breach of express warranty and implied warranty.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of compensatory damages, punitive damages, statutory damages, attorney’s fees, interest and court costs.

Plunkett is represented by Karen Beyea-Schroeder of Fleming, Nolen & Jez L.L.P. in Houston. A jury trial is requested.

U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider is assigned to the case.

Case No. 5:13-cv-00095

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