A Louisiana man has filed a product liability lawsuit against Atrium Medical Corporation, alleging that complications of the company’s C-Qur hernia mesh caused him to suffer serious internal injuries and infections. The complaint was filed by Carl Smith in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on February 25, and accuses Atrium of negligence, failure to warn, strict liability, negligent misrepresentation and breach of warranty. If you believe you have been adversely affected by side effects of a medical device like Atrium’s C-Qur hernia mesh, contact an experienced product liability lawyer today to discuss filing a complaint against the product manufacturing company.
According to allegations raised in Smith’s suit, he was implanted with the Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh for umbilical hernia repair in May 2012. Less than one year later, he was placed in an intensive care unit for suspected ischemic bowel – a condition caused by restricted blood flow that results in a portion of the bowel dying due to a shortage of glucose and oxygen. After undergoing an exploratory laparotomy, it was determined that Smith’s Atrium C-Qur mesh had become attached to a portion of his bowel, causing it to twist. Roughly one month later, Smith was found to have numerous gastric ulcers, which his product liability lawsuit blames on Atrium’s C-Qur hernia mesh.
The Atrium C-Qur mesh device garnered approval from the FDA in March 2008, and is commonly used for hernia repair, chest wall reconstruction, and to treat traumatic or surgical wounds. However, according to Smith’s lawsuit, the C-Qur mesh is defective for a number of reasons, including a potential for the triglycerides in the gel that surrounds the polypropylene mesh to cause immune reactions possibly resulting in injuries or serious adverse events. The product liability complaint also alleges that the mesh can degrade over time and also cause friction between the device and underlying tissue, potentially leading to injuries and damage to internal tissue.
In October 2012, the FDA issued a warning letter to C-Qur maker Atrium Medical Corporation, citing the company for failing to respond to consumer complaints about its hernia mesh device and other products. The FDA accused the company at the time of failing to adequately investigate complaints associated with C-Qur device failures and infection injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries associated with a defective consumer product, your first course of action after seeking medical attention should be to consult a lawyer with experience handling product liability cases. Our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation are dedicated to protecting the rights of injured consumers and can help you get in touch with a qualified attorney today.