When Should You Hire a Hernia Mesh Attorney?
Did you or a loved one have hernia surgery in which a mesh was implanted into the body? Reports have surfaced of men and women who have suffered from illness and injury, ranging from severe infections to the perforation and damage of internal body tissues, which may carry life-threatening complications and extensive hospitalization. Now, many victims are taking action by filing hernia mesh lawsuits against the manufacturers.
Multiple synthetic hernia mesh products are being investigated by our firm at this time, including products manufactured by C.R. Bard (also referred to as Davol), Covidien and Atrium.. The synthetic hernia mesh products are made from polypropylene material. It is believed that hundreds of thousands of these mesh products have been implanted in Americans and are failing at higher than normal rates requiring removal of the implant.
- The Atrium C-Qur Mesh went on the market in march of 2006. in October of 2012 the FDA issued a warning letter stating the company was failing to address complaints. on august 9, 2013, the FDA issues a class 2 recall of the C-Qur edge product.
This webpage is filled with information to popular questions based on consultations we have had with individuals just like yourself. If you have suffered complications following a mesh surgery, a conversation with our lawyers may help you understand what compensation may be available for your hernia mesh pain and suffering. With decades of combined legal experience, we can help you. Contact our firm for a free consultation with no obligation.
The mesh products were fast-tracked to market without sufficient testing
Mesh products have been used for almost 20 years. The FDA allows manufacturers to utilize an approval process called “510(k)” which allows manufacturers to fast-track medical devices for approval to market and sell them without rigorous clinic trials or safety tests. All of the cases being pursued against C.R. Bard, Covidien, and Atrium were approved via the 510(k) process. Unfortunately for thousands of Americans, this process has only lead to severe injury and painful revision surgeries.
If you or someone you love has received a synthetic hernia mesh implant, or are unsure of the specific type of hernia mesh implant, we encourage you to contact us today by calling (205) 590-6963. Our lawyers have helped thousands in lawsuits involving mesh products and can help you to understand the road ahead, and answer any additional questions you may have.
The Atrium C-Qur product is a composite hernia mesh patch that began selling in 2006. This particular mesh has an Omega-3 Fatty Acid (03FA) coating over the mesh fibers. The Omega-3 coating was initially praised, however, it has now been known to cause severe allergic reactions.
But, even more alarming, the mesh can lead to life-threatening systemic infections due to lack of sterilization. The C-Qur hernia mesh can be used to assist with different types of hernias. Surgeons have used this exact mesh for chest and wall reconstructions, and even to treat traumatic and surgical wounds.
Once the C-Qur mesh is implanted into the body, doctors have discovered that it’s difficult to remove. Surgery to remove the mesh can cause even more hernia mesh complications for the patient. One of the worst aspects regarding this hernia mesh is the fact that not much testing was done before it was fast-tracked to the market under the FDA’s 510k approval process mentioned above. This is due to the similarity to a mesh approved in the 1990s. Nevertheless, the Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh is the first mesh to ever use an Omega-3 Fatty Acid coating, and this fact alone means that further testing should have been done.
The Atrium C-Qur Edge product was recalled on August 9th, 2013, however, our firm is investigating all C-Qur products.
According to the FDA, surgeons can use the Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh patch for a variety of hernia repairs. As such, there are different types of C-Qur meshes to accompany the necessary procedure. These various types of C-Qur hernia meshes consist of:
- C-Qur – The original omega 3 fatty acid hernia mesh, often used for open and laparoscopic hernia repair.
- C-Qur Edge: So far, this is the only c-qur hernia mesh that has been recalled.
- C-Qur V-Patch: This mesh is used for repairing small hernias, such as umbilical, epigastric and trocar site defects.
- C-Qur Tacshield: A mesh used for the surgical repair of medium to large-sized open ventral hernia repairs with mesh.
- C-Qur FX: The FX mesh is used for open and laparoscopic hernia repair.
- C-Qur CentriFX: A see-thru clarity mesh designed for lateral and medial hernia defects.
- C-Qur Mosaic: This see-thru clarity mesh was designed for open and laparoscopic hernia repairs.
- C-Qur Film: A product used to act as an adjunct in abdominal and pelvic surgery, and help reduce the incidence, extent, and severity of postoperative adhesions.
It’s imperative to note that the Atrium C-Qur hernia lawsuit includes all types of C-Qur meshes. If you are unsure what kind of mesh you have, that’s okay and most people don’t know. The good news is we can help you find out.
There have been a variety of injuries and complications connected to defective Synthetic/Polypropylene Hernia Mesh, including:
- Infection – A very high rate of infections have been reported. yet, infections can remain dormant for months before becoming severe or life-threatening.
- Rejection – The rate in which these meshes have been rejected by the body is not uncommon.
- Organ Perforation – A hole can form in an organ (i.e. the intestines) when encountering parts of the c-qur mesh.
- Foreign Body Response – Inflammation and encapsulation can take place.
- Abdominal And Bowel Adhesion – Bands of fibrous tissue may band together causing obstruction and pain, and requiring surgery for treatment
- Chronic Pain – An intense level of pain may develop once the mesh is implanted, and remain until it’s removed. warning: please do not dismiss severe pain as only an infection as it may be a sign of perforation.
- Rash – As a less severe reaction, a rash covering the abdomen and other parts of the body can appear, and only fade after the product has been removed.
The Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh lawsuit alleges that there are problems with the 03FA coating. Specifically, the C-Qur hernia mesh lawsuit is against the Atrium Medical Corporation and argues the company failed to warn against their defective mesh. If you or a loved one had a hernia surgery in which an Atrium C-Qur mesh was implanted into your body, then it’s recommended you contact Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann today.
Even if you haven’t yet experienced negative effects, you could still become eligible for compensation and time limits do apply (they vary by state). While there isn’t a check large enough to counteract the burden that’s been placed on your shoulders, the party responsible for your pain and suffering should still be held accountable for their actions, and legal action will help to remove these products from the market so others won’t suffer in the future.
If we don’t win on your behalf, you owe us nothing. Our no-win-no-fee guarantee protects your interests as we proceed with litigation to return the maximum recovery on behalf of your family and other clients who have decided to stand up to the manufacturer who caused them unnecessary harm.
You need an advocate. If you plan to take legal action for the faulty product used during your hernia surgery, then securing an attorney to assist you with the process will be vital. These types of cases often get weighed down with paperwork, medical records, and phone calls. We make the process easy, and our firm advances the costs for medical records, court fees, and other litigation costs. After all, your only concern should be to focus on healing. Let the attorneys at Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann, P.C. be your advocates. We will do everything in our power to ensure the process going forward runs as
smoothly and conveniently as possible.
Unfortunately, outcomes are never certain in medical device cases like this one. You are protected from court costs and litigation fees as we work on a contingency-fee arrangement, meaning you won’t have to pay us a dime until a settlement or verdict is granted in your favor. We believe you were wronged and want to try and correct that wrong the best way we can. Let us help you.
The attorneys at Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann, P.C. invite you to contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Bottom line: You were treated unfairly by a company that put its profits over your safety. As a result, the guilty culprit should pay, and you should be offered some sort of relief for everything you’ve had to endure. If you think you might have a case, then call us today at (205) 386-2243.
Testimonial: This firm represented my mother in a case against a medical company. She had to go through multiple awful surgeries, and I was there during the recoveries which were pretty unbearable at times. They were kind, listened closely, and talked to her about her case often. She was happy with her settlement and she is glad just to have her life back on track and to put this matter behind her. – Lucy H. California
If I live out of state, can you represent me?
Yes, we can. Since hundreds of thousands of people have been potentially hurt and may file claims, the court system consolidates the cases to one single court that is likely not in your state. We have represented individuals from as far north as Alaska and Maine, to California and Florida. As long as you live in the United States we can help you.
If the recall was several months ago, why have we only recently heard about it?
There could be a number of factors for not learning about the hernia mesh patch recall. As hundreds of thousands have been implanted, the notification process is slow, and the news media may not report the latest from the FDA hernia mesh recall.
What can I expect if I have a conversation with your lawyers?
First and foremost, you can expect to have all your immediate questions answered. We believe in straight-talk and clear communication, and if there is a question we can not answer, such as if we don’t have medical records on your situation, we’ll tell you upfront. At our firm, we communicate with honesty and respect, as we know you may rely on what we have to say. When you are ready, call us today at (205) 322-8880 or us our contact form by clicking here.
When do you expect a settlement or verdict?
It is early in the process. Some companies move more quickly than others when they feel they are accountable, while others can take months. Our goal is to move your case as quickly as possible while also working to achieve the maximum compensation for you. We know you want to recover, move on from this, and get back to enjoying your life. As your advocate, we intend to accomplish that goal.
When an organ, intestine, or fatty tissue squeeze through a hole or weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue, a hernia takes place. Hernias are known to materialize at the abdominal wall, and can even be visible as an external bulge. The most common types of hernias include:
- Inguinal – Occurs In The Inner Groin
- Femoral – Occurs In The Upper Thigh/Outer Groin
- Incisional – Occurs Through An Incision Or Scar In The Abdomen
- Ventral – Occurs In The General Abdominal/Ventral Wall
- Umbilical – Occurs At The Belly Button
- Hiatal – Occurs In The Abdomen, Alongside The Upper Stomach/Diaphragm
Hernias can stem from a variety of reasons, but most are caused by a combination of pressure and opening or weakness of muscle or connective tissues. This muscle weakness can be present at birth but frequently appears later in an individual’s life. Furthermore, anything that causes an increase in abdominal pressure can create a hernia, such as obesity, lifting a heavy object, diarrhea or constipation, or constant coughing or sneezing. As well, poor nutrition, smoking, and overexertion can all play a part in the hernia process, as these acts can weaken muscles, ultimately setting the events into motion.
If you think you might have a case, then contact the attorneys at Pittman, Dutton, Hellums, Bradley & Mann, P.C. today at (205) 322-8880.