Something we see coming up again and again in hernia mesh lawsuits is the idea that the pharmaceutical companies making these products knew that they were not compatible with human tissue, choosing instead to put their profits ahead of patient safety.
Multiple studies and experts has spoken about the risks associated with popular synthetic hernia mesh repair products. Researchers have previously found that synthetic hernia mesh products are less likely to be incorporated into the body than hernia mesh products made of organic materials, known as biological hernia mesh products, meaning that synthetic hernia mesh products are more likely to lead to failure.
“The use of synthetic mesh…is not supported…and may lead to a higher failure rate,” reads one study of the effectiveness of synthetic vs. biological hernia mesh products. Other experts have gone as far as to say that these products are ‘100% not compatible with human tissue.’
Synthetic mesh hernia repair products are produced by a number of manufacturers including C.R. Bard, Coviden, Atrium, and Ethicon and hernia mesh lawsuits have been filed against these manufacturers for years as a result of the injuries patients suffer because of them.
Some of the injuries patients have suffered as a result of failed hernia mesh devices include: infection, adhesion, fistula, pain, bowel obstruction, mesh migration and/or contraction, recurrence of their hernia, and many more. These injuries can result in costly medical procedures and may even result in the need for additional surgeries.
So why would companies have continued to produce and promote these products knowing the risk they posed to their patients? The answer is sadly that they are too often able to get away with it. They will make far more from the sale of their products than what the lawsuits they know they will face will cost them.
Without a check against their recklessness, we have seen time and again that major pharmaceutical corporations, such as these, place the importance of patient safety far behind their profit margins; putting patients at risk so that they can profit greatly.
This situation leaves injured individuals in a difficult condition: they are suffering and need help, but the people responsible for their injuries refuse to acknowledge that they are at fault. The result is that the cost of addressing these injuries are all too often left to be paid by the injured.
If you or a loved one suspect that you may have received a synthetic hernia mesh implant and are now suffering as a result, contact our law firm today for a free initial consultation. We are happy to discuss your potential claim confidentially and there is never a charge unless we make a recovery for you.