Merrimack-based Atrium Medical announces settlement in hernia mesh litigation

Company’s Swedish parent reaches tentative deal in giant New Hampshire mass tort suit
Atrium Medical Corp. in Merrimack has settled litigation over its hernia mesh implants in what may be one the largest mass tort suits ever heard in New Hampshire courts.

The settlement has not been finalized or released, but Gitinge Group, Atrium’s Swedish parent company, announced on Dec. 8 that it has set aside the equivalent of more than $66 million to deal with the New Hampshire mesh litigation.

“I am pleased that we can put this behind us and fully focus on our core business,” said Mattias Perjos, CEO of Getinge, in a press release.

The lawsuits, which date back to 2016, were filed in U.S. District Court in Concord, often constituting the bulk of the cases on the docket. More than 3,000 short complaints were filed in New Hampshire, 16 in the last week. Nearly all

Hernia Mesh Litigation: Where Things Stand

Progress invites criticism, and in surgery, innovation often begets litigation, as most every surgeon whose practice involves mesh-reinforced hernia repair can attest.

“The ads for hernia mesh lawsuits are everywhere, and if you Google ‘hernia mesh lawsuit,’ you’ll see ad after ad after ad for lawyers. We face it every day in our offices; it’s ubiquitous,” said Guy Voeller MD, at the 2021 virtual Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Conference. Dr. Voeller is a professor of surgery at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, in Memphis.

“But the problem with mesh in hernia repair is that we have to have it; trying to repair many hernias with suture alone is doomed to failure.”

Mesh is now the standard of care in hernia repair for its ability to reduce the rate of recurrence dramatically. But it’s also become a target for lawsuits. What started with a smattering of cases in the 2000s

C.R. Bard Faces First Bellwether Trial Over Hernia Mesh Injuries

C.R. Bard, Inc. is one of many medical device companies involved in large nationwide litigation concerning defective hernia mesh products. C.R. Bard, Inc. faces more than 25,000 lawsuits in state and federal courts, with the first trial in the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) fully underway.

Before trials begin in mass tort litigation, the parties propose what cases should go to trial first as a way of determining how a jury is likely to decide in a typical hernia mesh lawsuit. In the first bellwether trial, the plaintiff alleges that he suffered pain, inflammation, infection, and the need for revision surgery because of the defective and dangerous nature of C.R. Bard, Inc’s hernia mesh products.

Medical Device Sales Representatives Play a Role in Patient Injuries, Investigation Reveals

A recent Kaiser Health News investigation, as reported by Modern Healthcare, demonstrates that medical device sales representatives for various products play a substantial role in patient injuries. Whether the medical device at issue is for a spinal procedure, a hip replacement procedure, or a hernia mesh procedure, a sales representative is likely standing in the operating room.

Hernia Mesh Failure Lawsuits: Q&A with a Trial Lawyer

Hernia surgery is one of the most common surgeries in the United States.

Most surgeons perform hernia repairs with surgical mesh. The net-like implant helps fix weak spots in muscle or connective tissue and prevents organs or fat from bulging through the weak spot.

Most people have no problems after hernia repairs with mesh, and they can return to their regular activities. But sometimes hernia mesh fails and causes serious, painful problems that leave some people with debilitating health complications. Surgeons have to remove and replace defective mesh.

Thousands of people across the country have filed hernia mesh lawsuits seeking compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and lost quality of life.

Trial attorney and pharmaceutical litigation expert Trent B. Miracle is the head of the Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at Simmons Hanly Conroy, an award-winning national firm based in Illinois. Under Miracle’s leadership, the litigation group has won

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