Hernia Mesh Lawsuit – Recalls & Settlements

Our law firm is currently investigating claims related to hernia mesh. Hernia mesh is suspected of failing at a higher rate than expected, leading to additional surgeries, bowel obstruction, infections, chronic pain, scar tissue, bleeding, and organ damage.

If you or someone you know has suffered complications related to a brand of hernia mesh called Ethicon Physiomesh, contact our law firm to discuss your options with us.

Drug and device manufacturers are responsible for informing the public and potential users of their products about the risks and potential side effects associated with their products. When a manufacturer fails to do this, they can and should be held responsible for the harm that their products cause.

Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Background & Settlements

C.R. Bard paid $184 million in 2011 to settle 3,000 cases claiming Kugel Mesh harm. In 2005, 2006, and 2007, the FDA announced recalls for Kugel Mesh.

As of this time, no settlements have been reached involving Physiomesh or related products. With mass tort litigation, it is usual that settlements do not happen until after a few cases have been tried before a jury.

Hernia Mesh Side Effects & Injuries

Herniation occurs when an organ or tissue protrudes through the muscle or connective tissue it is usually contained by. This is most often caused by pressure and an opening or weakness in the muscle or connective tissue. Hernias vary in type and are classified by their location:

Hernia Types
Inguinal (inner groin)Femoral (outer groin)
Hiatal (upper stomach)Umbilical (belly button)
Ventral (abdominal wall)Incisional (resulting from an incision)

 

According to the FDA, the most common side effects associated with hernia mesh are: pain, infection, recurrence, adhesion, obstruction, and perforation.

Common Hernia Mesh Side Effects
PainInfection
RecurrenceAdhesion
ObstructionPerforation

 

In recent years, following reports of the painful and dangerous complications associated with hernia mesh, many brands have been recalled.

Hernia Mesh Product Background

Hernia mesh is a product used in the surgical repair of hernias. They are used as a physical implement to assist in containing the protruding part of the body in its correct position by providing additional support. Most surgical mesh devices can be divided into a few categories: absorbable, non-absorbable, or a combination product comprised of both absorbable and non-absorbable materials.

Absorbable mesh is usually made of animal tissue that has been processed for use as a surgical implant. According to the FDA, the majority of these devices are sourced from either a pig (porcine) or cow (bovine). Absorbable mesh is not intended for long-term reliance as it will degrade over time.

Non-absorbable mesh is made of synthetic materials and will remain in the body until it is surgically removed. For this reason, it is used when permanent reinforcement is needed to support the area of the herniation.

Hernia Mesh Recall Information

It can be difficult to know whether your hernia mesh has been recalled. If you suspect that your mesh product may have been recalled, it is important to contact your surgeon and obtain information about the product and steps.

The FDA provides more information about hernia mesh recalls and instructions here.

You should also contact an experienced attorney to protect your right to compensation and recovery.

What Compensation Can I Expect?

While every case is unique and evaluated on its own merits, typical damages can include:

  • Medical expenses, both past and future, as a result of injuries caused by hernia mesh. This can include treatment of chronic pain, infection, obstruction, perforations, and revision surgeries.
  • Pain and suffering, both past a future, as caused by the hernia mesh.
  • Lost wages that may result from injuries related to the hernia mesh.
  • Punitive damages, where appropriate, to discourage the manufacturer from negligent and harmful behavior in the future.

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