(August 1, 2017) Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, and leading jetliner manufacturer sued Zimmer Biomet over the defective M2a Magnum hip implant. Boeing says one of its employees suffered an industrial injury that was directly caused by the failed Biomet M2a Magnum metal-on-metal hip system. After undergoing hip replacement surgery, the Boeing employee began experiencing extreme pain and persistent squeaking of the hip. The Boeing employee had to undergo revision hip surgery to replace the defective Biomet hip.
Boeing filed the lawsuit on behalf of William Eklund who is receiving benefits from Boeing because of the severity of his injury. Boeing says the M2a Magnum hip system “suffers from a design or manufacturing defect that causes excessive amounts of cobalt and chromium to wear and corrode…” which in turn causes the device to fail and the surrounding tissue and bone to die.
“The M2a Hip System forces metal to rub against metal with the full weight and pressure of the human body. Because of Biomet’s defective design of the M2a Hip System, hundreds of patients – including Mr. Eklund – have been forced to undergo surgeries to replace the failed hip implants.”
Despite being aware of numerous and serious complaints with the M2a system, Biomet told orthopedic surgeons that the M2a Magnum was safe and the best product on the market, Boeing maintains. “Biomet knew or should have known that use of the device created a risk of serious bodily injury in patients.”
This is a significant development in the Biomet M2a metal-on-metal hip litigation and marks the first time a large international corporation has sued Zimmer Biomet on behalf of an employee. Boeing is likely looking to recoup the high costs of providing medical and other benefits to their injured employee and believes Biomet is directly responsible for those injuries caused by its defective M2a Magnum hip.