Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
A hernia occurs when an organ, intestine, or other tissue squeezes through an opening or weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue. Nearly 80% of hernias are inguinal, which means they occur in the inner groin area of the body.

When someone has developed a hernia, his or her doctor may recommend no immediate treatment at all. If no complications or painful symptoms are experienced, they may want to just keep close watch on it. If the hernia needs repaired, there are two common types of surgical procedures:

  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Open Repair Surgery

Based on statistics from the FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration), there are over one million hernia repairs performed each year in the U.S. Over 90% if these repairs will involve a hernia mesh product.

In the surgical repair of a hernia, a medical device known as hernia mesh may or may not be used. This product is designed and manufactured to reinforce the area of the body where the hernia was protruding. Hernias have a high rate of recurrence and surgeons often use a mesh product to strengthen the repair and reduce the risk of recurrence. Despite this benefit, there are situations where the use of surgical mesh for hernia repair may not be recommended.

If a mesh product is not utilized in a surgical repair, sutures (stitches) are used. A big difference between using a mesh product in the repair of a hernia or using sutures is that a mesh product can move or shrink. When this happens, it may cause tears, damage, or obstructions. If a complication occurs, it could also result in serious, life-threatening infections.

What Complications Are Experienced with Hernia Mesh?

According to the FDA, the most common types of complications experienced following a surgical hernia repair where a mesh product was used include:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Hernia Recurrence
  • Adhesion
  • Bowel Obstruction
  • Organ Damage

These types of problems are frequently caused by migration or movement of the mesh product and mesh shrinkage. The complications experienced from surgical hernia repairs where mesh was used often require a repeat surgery or several repeat surgeries.

Hernia Mesh Product Recalls

There has been a history of recalls for surgical mesh products including the following:

From 2005 -2007, C.R. Bard issued several recalls involving its Kugel Mesh product because of problems associated with potential bowel tears.

In 2012, the FDA issued Atrium a warning over its failure to respond and address numerous complaints of infections due to its C-Qur® Mesh product. In 2015, a federal judge issued an injunction, prohibiting Atrium from manufacturing and distributing the product.

In May 2016, Ethicon withdrew its Physiomesh® product after studies determined the medical device was more likely to result in a failed hernia repair when compared to other similar products. Ethicon contacted doctors and hospitals telling them to immediately return unused inventory and stop using the product.

What Is The Hernia Mesh Lawsuit?

Hernia mesh lawsuits are being filed by attorneys on behalf of clients who have experienced problems with hernia mesh. The hernia mesh lawsuits claim these medical devices are failing at a rate higher than expected, and causing infections, bowel obstructions, organ damage, scar tissue, and chronic pain.

Attorneys are arguing the hernia mesh products have been defectively designed and are causing unnecessary repairs and injuries that would not occurred if a substitute mesh product or sutures had been used in the repair.

Because of the defective design or negligent use of the hernia mesh products, these clients may be entitled to receive reimbursement for their medical bills and lost wages, along with compensation for the pain and suffering they have had to endure.

How Much Can You Get from a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit?

Based on the litigation of some of the mesh cases that have been concluded, thousands of plaintiffs (people who have filed legal claims against manufactures of the mesh products) have been awarded an average of $70,000 each, while one plaintiff received compensation of $1.5 million. Past results are no indicator of the future results that may be received by plaintiffs in these types of cases.

What Brands of Hernia Mesh Are Defective?

Several different brands of hernia mesh have been recalled or shown to be harmful. These brands include:

Doctors must keep detailed records of the medical devices used for each patient. If you have had a surgery where a mesh product was used, you can ask your doctor for the specific brand name of the mesh.

How Do You File a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit and What Is Cost?

Contacting a law firm or lawyer with extensive personal injury experience is highly recommended for complex types of litigation like a hernia mesh lawsuit. A skilled lawyer will be able to evaluate your specific case and provide you with professional legal guidance on whether you have a valid case, where to file your lawsuit, and what amount of compensation you may be entitled to receive.

If you hire a lawyer who works on a contingency basis, there will be no upfront, out-of-pocket costs. With contingency fee agreements, a lawyer only gets paid if you win a monetary award. If you do win, the lawyer’s fees and expenses will be a percentage of that monetary award.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

At the law firm of Slater & Zurz LLP, we have highly experienced and skilled personal injury attorneys who have a long history of helping clients receive the full and fair amount of compensation they are entitled to recover. We handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we don’t get paid unless we help you win your case.

If you or a loved one has experienced complications from hernia mesh, please contact us for a free consultation by calling 1-866-640-9877, emailing [email protected], chatting with one of our 24-hour live chat representatives, or sending us a message here from our website.

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