Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh lawsuit update. As Atrium Medical, the company that manufactures the Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh comes under fire over its products, comes news that these product liability lawsuits are consolidated in New Hampshire for pre-trial proceedings.
New Hampshire Multidistrict Litigation
In December 2016, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated all Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh lawsuits pending in the federal court system, centralizing the claims before U.S. District Judge Landya McCafferty in the District of New Hampshire.
There are 21 Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh consolidated in New Hampshire as of January 17, according to the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh lawsuits claims
In the Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh lawsuits currently filed, the plaintiffs have similar allegations, blaming the Atrium C-Qur mesh for defective design and being unreasonably dangerous for use during hernia repair surgery.
According to the plaintiffs, there are a significant risk of severe complications, including adhesions, allergic reactions, perforation of vital organs and catastrophic infections requiring surgery for hernia patch removal months or years later.
What is Atrium C-Qur Hernia Mesh?
The Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh was introduced for hernia repair surgery in 2006, and it has been used during hernia repair procedures nationwide over the past decade.
The polypropylene mesh has a fish oil based Omega-3 gel coating, which was designed to reduce scar tissue formation while promoting fixation of the mesh to the abdominal wall.
What is the problem with the Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh?
According to plaintiffs this fish oil coating causes severe complications from an inflammatory response that leads to bowel adhesion, blocks proper abdominal wall fixation and causes other significant problems after hernia repair.
FDA Warning Letter to Atrium Medical Corporation
In October 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to Atrium Medical Corporation, warning that the company was failing to address multiple complaints related to infections associated with the C-Qur hernia mesh.
The allegedly defected hernia mesh devices include the Atrium C-Qur mesh, C-Qur TacShield and C-Qur V-Patch.
Arkansas Atrium C-Qur Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
Terry McLain from Arkansas, recently filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, claiming severe pain and injury after Atrium C-Qur mesh was used during an open repair of her ventral (abdominal) hernia in 2011.
According to McLain, she began to develop severe abdominal pain and a recurrence of the hernia.
During the removal of the Atrium C-Qur mesh, her doctors found that the hernia mesh had lodged up inside of McLain’s body, and could not be replaced with a new mesh because of significant scar tissue.
Ohio Atrium C-Qur Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
Marquetta Fox from Ohio, claimed that she developed severe and painful complications following a hernia repair with Atrium C-Qur mesh. Fox claimed that the hernia mesh became stuck to her small bowels and caused an obstruction.
Fox filed her personal injury and product liability complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in November.
According to Fox, her surgeons implanted an 11.4 x 11.4 cm piece of Atrium C-Qur Tacshield, which is also made from polypropylene mesh (plastic) that has a unique fish oil Omega 3 gel coating that is not used in any other American hernia repair products.
Fox was diagnosed with an incarcerated hernia some 2 years later, which required repair surgery and a five-day hospital stay.
If you think you may have an Atrium Hernia Mesh implanted and are experiencing pain, infection, require re-do surgery or other injuries, please call us.