New hernia mesh lawsuits blame Atrium C-QUR, Ethicon Physiomesh and various models of Bard Davol polypropylene hernia mesh for serious complications. People with hernia mesh injuries have filed more than 3,000 lawsuits. Previous hernia mesh lawsuits resulted in a $1.5 million verdict and a $184 million settlement.
If you or a loved one suffered complications or injury after hernia mesh surgery, you may have legal options.
* Update: Hernia mesh lawsuits are expected to go to trial in 2019. Drugwatch’s legal partners are accepting new hernia mesh cases.
Hernia mesh lawsuits claim mesh had a faulty design. They say the products caused internal injuries and other complications.
A federal panel recently combined hundreds of hernia mesh lawsuits. The panel created three multidistrict litigations (MDLs) in federal court.
MDLs allow cases to move more quickly and efficiently through the legal system. Lawyers expect hundreds of lawsuits to be added to the MDLs before the cases go to trial.
One MDL involves Ethicon’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite mesh. A second one targets Atrium C-QUR hernia mesh products. And the third includes different versions of Bard Davol’s line of polypropylene hernia mesh.
As of August 2018, there were more than 1,800 hernia mesh lawsuits pending in federal MDLs. The lawsuits targeted three hernia mesh manufacturers.
The first Ethicon Physiomesh trial is set for Sept. 16, 2019. The first Atrium C-QUR trial is scheduled for Feb. 19, 2020. The Bard Davol MDL is in its earliest stages. No trial dates in that MDL have been set.
Lawyers expect the number of hernia mesh lawsuits will continue growing. Drugwatch’s legal partners are accepting new cases as the MDLs move forward.
People file lawsuits because they developed serious complications after hernia mesh surgery. They claim the mesh is responsible for their injuries.
Some people who file C-QUR hernia mesh lawsuits also claim additional injuries. Atrium derives C-QUR’s coating from fish oil. People claim it led to “allergic or inflammatory” responses that caused further complications.
The first step to filing a hernia mesh lawsuit is often consulting with a lawyer. Products liability lawyers specialize in this sort of lawsuit.
Some products liability lawyers focus on medical device cases. Lawyers in these specialties can usually tell people if they have a case.
People considering a lawsuit should look at several factors first. They should also gather as much information as possible about their complications.
Lawyers who specialize in these types of cases usually offer free consultations. These can help determine if a person has a case.
In May 2018, a court order set rules for preserving Physiomesh as evidence in lawsuits. Judge Richard Story’s order created step-by-step rules to store and preserve the mesh. The order outlined instructions in four stages.
Lawsuits claim hernia mesh manufacturers should have known they made defective products. They also claim the companies failed to warn people of the complications.
Current hernia mesh lawsuits name at least four manufacturers and 19 products. Lawsuits against Atrium Medical and Ethicon are part of MDLs. Individual lawsuits also target Bard and Covidien.
|Manufacturer||Models Involved in Lawsuits|
|Atrium||C-QUR Mesh, C-QUR Edge Mesh V-Patch, C-QUR Lite Mesh V-Patch, C-QUR OVT Mesh, C-QUR RPM Mesh, C-QUR TacShield, C-QUR V-Patch, C-QUR Mosaic|
|Bard||PerFix Mesh, 3DMax Mesh, Ventralex Patch, Ventralex ST Mesh, Sepramesh IP Composite Mesh, Composix E/X Mesh|
|Covidien||Parietex Surgical Mesh, Parietex Composite Mesh, Parietex ProGrip Mesh|
|Ethicon||Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh|
Lawsuits over Bard Davol’s Kugel Patch formed an earlier MDL. It ended in a $184 million settlement in 2011.
Bard first recalled the patch in 2005. The company said it could cause bowel perforations and fistulas.
The first lawsuits followed soon after. Eventually, plaintiffs filed over 3,000 cases against C.R. Bard Inc.
Many current hernia mesh lawsuits in the U.S. involve multidistrict litigations. These differ from class action lawsuits.
Class actions in Canada have targeted at least two brands of hernia mesh in recent years.
Please seek the advice of a medical professional before making health care decisions.
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