Legal Funding for Atrium Mesh Lawsuits

Whitney Taylor | October 27th, 2016

Doctor-Patient Thumbnail 5As more lawsuits are filed involving hernia mesh injuries, some injured parties may find lawsuit loans can help them pay for their medical bills and make up for lost wages until the legal action is completed.

With severe and even permanent injuries reported by some individuals, reducing the financial stress associated with litigation may allow plaintiffs the ability to rest easy while the legal process to run its full course.

Mesh devices have been used for a variety of surgical purposes, including hernia repair, chest wall reconstruction and the treatment of some surgical and traumatic wounds. However, complications linked to some of the mesh products have raised questions about their reliability, efficacy and safety.

The Atrium C-Qur mesh is one of the devices that has come under intense scrutiny. Some of the patients that received this mesh as part of their hernia repair have suffered serious complications, including persistent infections and pain, mesh failure and adherence of the mesh to organs like the bowel. These injuries can be extremely debilitating and difficult to treat completely.

Atrium C-Qur mesh

The C-Qur mesh was cleared by the FDA in 2006 through the 501(k) pre-market program. Also known as the “fast track” process, this program allows manufacturers to bypass clinical studies if they can prove their device is substantially similar to other devices currently on the market. Unfortunately, this meant Atrium Medical was able to begin distributing their mesh to the general market without testing it for safety and efficacy.

The C-Qur mesh is a polypropylene mesh that is coated with omega 3 fatty acids and triglycerides, which Atrium refers to as an O3FA layer. When exposed to excessive humidity, the coating can adhere to the product packaging, rendering it ineffective as a surgical device. In July 2013, the FDA called for a Class 2 device recall on the mesh, citing this specific problem.

While the C-Qur now comes with instructions for storage, problems with the mesh persist. A study published in the British Journal of Surgery in 2009 found that the C-Qur mesh and others were subject to a potential degradation of the coating, which could lead to adhesion formation over time. This complication could cause the symptoms reported by some patients, including persistent infections, chronic pain and damage to internal organs.

How legal loans can bridge the gap

As more plaintiffs are beginning to file lawsuits against Atrium, it remains to be seen whether the growing litigation will eventually be coordinated into a single court. It is also unknown whether more lawsuits could lead to possible settlement negotiations between the plaintiffs and defendants. In the meantime, those that have been injured by the mesh remain in legal limbo, often feeling the financial strain of trying to keep up with the medical bills related to their mesh injuries.

This is where pre settlement loans can come into play. A lawsuit loan is a cash advance against what a plaintiff expects to receive in terms of a jury award or settlement. These loans can be received early in the legal process, so the plaintiff can have the money needed to pay medical or general living expenses while waiting for the legal process to run its course. The cash advance is non-recourse, which means it is only paid back if a financial recovery is obtained in the case.

At LawStreet Capital, we offer an easy online application and fast approval to make legal loans as convenient as possible for our customers. We offer lower interest rates than nearly any other company and can wire the money directly to your account within 24 hours of approval.

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