Hernias are a common type of injury that typically occurs in the abdominal or groin region. It can happen as the result of overuse and strain or due to illnesses and preexisting conditions. While generally not life threatening, a hernia will not go away on its own and may require surgery to prevent further complications.
Implanting Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh was previously one of the most common forms of treatment. This was until defects in the product were determined as causing potentially serious complications for patients. At Shapiro & Appleton, we represent people who have suffered Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh injuries. As NC and VA product liability attorneys with more than three decades of experience, we want you to be aware of your legal rights in this situation.
The Problem With Atrium C-Qur and Other Types of Surgical Mesh
A hernia happens when a body organ pushes through the muscle or other soft tissues holding it in place, causing it to bulge either inside or outside of the body under the skin. According to Healthline, hernias are generally caused by a combination of muscle weakness and strain. You may develop a hernia while you are pregnant or if you suffer from a chronic cough or constipation. They can also be caused by sudden weight gain, heavy lifting, previous surgical procedures, or congenital defects.
When a body organ becomes displaced through a hernia, it can cause pain, pressure, a burning sensation, or bulging in the abdomen or other body part affected. It may also interfere with other bodily functions. In these types of cases, treatment involves surgically implanting a type of mesh around the hernia, to reinforce the muscle wall and hold the body organ in place. One of the key parts in this surgery is ensuring that tissues grow around the implanted mesh, decreasing the likelihood of rejection and other complications.
Atrium Medical Corporation is one of the leading suppliers of surgical mesh and produces other types of medical products. They began introducing C-Qur hernia mesh products in 2006. These products had a special coating of omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil to allow it to be better absorbed by the body. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began receiving complaints by hernia mesh implant patients as early as 2011 regarding post-surgical issues. Today, the company and several other medical product manufacturers are embroiled in surgical lawsuits filed by patients who suffered swelling, pain, allergies, and potentially life-threatening infections.
Your Rights To Compensation for Atrium C-Qur Hernia Mesh Injuries
Based on complaints and evidence of injuries among patients, the FDA forced Atrium to temporary halt production of the C-Qur hernia mesh until safety and sanitation issues with the device could be addressed. Independent studies by medical researchers, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), confirmed that as the result of these defects patients who had Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh implanted were more likely to experience complications and adverse effects.
This provides the evidence needed for those with Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh injuries to seek compensation from the company through a product liability claim. Depending on the severity of the situation, damages you may be entitled to include:
- Medical costs: These include past expenses associated with the implant, the cost for repairing or replacing the mesh, and any follow-up visits, medications, or other costs you are likely to incur.
- Lost wages: Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh injuries have the potential to be life threatening and the pain patients suffer is often debilitating. This can result in a significant amount of lost wages. In more severe cases, you may be entitled to compensation for long term disabilities.
- Compensation for your pain and suffering: Atrium betrayed the public’s trust and failed in their duty to provide safe, effective products. You have the legal right to seek compensation for the pain and suffering this company caused you and your family members.
Reach Out To Our NC and VA Product Liability Attorneys
At Shapiro & Appleton, we sympathize with the pain and serious health impacts you may have suffered due to Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh injuries. We also understand the financial insecurity this situation may have created. We help clients throughout North Carolina and Virginia areas hold negligent medical device providers accountable, so you can get the compensation you need to recover. To discuss your legal rights in filing a claim, reach out and contact our product liability attorneys to schedule a free consultation today.