Over 2,000 lawsuits now claim that Atrium, the manufacturer of the defective hernia mesh implants, is liable for the injuries its products caused to patients.
A US federal court in New Hampshire now reports consumers have filed over 2,100 lawsuits against pharma firm Atrium over injuries caused by its faulty hernia mesh implants. The lawsuits are part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving plaintiffs from around the country and seek compensation and damages from Atrium.
Hernia mesh is used in many surgeries to support herniated tissue as it heals. The mesh is a common part of surgeries for stomach, groin, incisional and other hernias. In cases where hernia mesh fails, patients describe the mesh coming loose, balling up or failing to incorporate into the body’s tissue.
The first defective hernia mesh implants suits against Atrium were filed in 2016 and cases against the company are now reportedly being filed at twice the rate they were two years ago. Cases have been brought by patients injured by the company’s Proloop and C-Qur-line mesh products.
The litigation will soon enter the settlement phase and the parties have until early August to reach an agreement. If consumers and Atrium can’t agree on a settlement, the lawsuits will then go to trial in September, beginning with two test cases. The first test case is brought by a woman from Pittsburgh and the second is brought by a woman in Oxford Mississippi, both of whom were injured by faulty hernia mesh implants.
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The New Hampshire-based MDL lawsuits are also not the only cases against Atrium, with hundreds more field under the New Hampshire Superior Court alone.
Atrium is just one of a number of manufacturers of hernia mesh products now facing personal injury lawsuits for their faulty products. Medical firms Bard Davol, Covidien, Ethicon (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) have faced medical liability lawsuits for their faulty products since the early 2000s.
Consumers have filed almost 2,500 defective hernia mesh implants lawsuits against Ethicon over injuries caused by its Physiomesh Flexible Composite surgical mesh and other products. The cases against the company were combined into an MDL in 2017 and the litigation is ongoing.
As for Bard Davol, patients have filed over 3,500 lawsuits over the firm’s negligence and the personal injury caused by its products. The suits name a range of products, including PerFix Mesh, 3DMax Mesh, Ventralex Mesh and others, and a judge grouped them into an MDL in August 2018.
Bard Davol has already paid out over $184 million in settlements for injuries caused by its defective hernia mesh implant, the Kugel Mesh Patch. The suits began in the 2000s and ended in 2017 with over 2,600 cases.
As a whole, the medical mesh industry has already seen lawsuits resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements for consumers who suffered from complications such as infection, skin perforation, and punctured organ due to defective hernia mesh implants.
Swedish firm Getinge was originally named in suits against Atrium but was dropped from the MDL after they settled with consumers for a confidential amount.
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