A number of articles in the media have discussed the lawsuits that have been piling up against Johnson & Johnson over its Ethicon pelvic mesh products. Now, we are hearing about mounting lawsuits against Atrium Medical Corp. over a hernia mesh implant that is causing similar side effects, from excruciating pain to internal injuries, caused by the defective medical device. Many of these side effects that are causing injuries have also been claimed in Physiomesh patch lawsuits as well.
What Has Been Claimed In These Lawsuits?
According to a report in Law 360, a lawsuit was recently filed by a New Hampshire man and his wife, alleging that Atrium “negligently designed and fraudulently convinced doctors” that its C-Qur mesh product was safe for use. The complaint accuses the company of knowing fully well that the polypropylene surgical netting used in these hernia mesh implants was “biologically incompatible” with human tissue, heightening the risk of serious side effects and other complications in patients who received these implants.
In this particular case, the 56-year-old patient stated he was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia in December 2013, and that he had it surgically repaired with Atrium’s C-Qur mesh implant. Months later, he continued to suffer severe abdominal pain. He didn’t learn until two years later that the pain was being caused by the mesh implant. He needed another surgery to remove the mesh. But the pain continued, he said. A pathology report allegedly showed that scar tissue had formed around the implant causing problems to persist.
What is Dangerous About These Pelvic Mesh Products?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Atrium’s C-Qur hernia mesh in March 2006. Like many other manufacturers of medical devices, which later proved problematic, Atrium used the 510 (k) approval program for C-Qur. This program basically allows companies to get around rigorous pre-market research and studies. The C-Qur hernia mesh was approved after the company told the FDA it was similar to a device that was approved in the 1990s.
Patients who have received these implants have reported a number of problems including:
- Infections that could result in serious health issues.
- Organ perforation, where the device could punch holes, for example, in the intestines.
- Inflammation and scar tissue formation.
- Severe, intense pain until the implant is removed, or even afterward.
- Rashes covering the abdomen and other parts of the body. Patients have reported that the rash disappears when the implant is removed.
- Neurological effects including poor memory and lack of focus.
- Bowel obstructions.
- Abnormal liver function.
Contact a Physiomesh Patch Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered because of the Physiomesh Patch, then you may want to talk to a personal injury attorney. You may be entitled to damages for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, or other injuries. Our law firm works with experienced Physiomesh Patch lawyers across the country, who are now filing Physiomesh Patch lawsuits. And, there are no attorneys’ fees until you receive a settlement or award. Please call us at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out an online contact form in confidence.