Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
There are more than 1 million hernia repairs performed each year in the United States. Some procedures are simple and safe, but some result in complications. Hernia mesh medical devices are one potentially threatening aspect to treatment.
A hernia mesh can be made from a variety of materials and is used in a hernia repair to support weakened or damaged tissue. Hernia meshes are used to reduce the recurrence rate of hernias and potentially shorten recovery time.
In recent years, however, there have been thousands of lawsuits brought against hernia mesh manufacturers. Victims allege they’ve experienced illness and injury due to hernia mesh products, including Atrium C-Qur, Ethicon Physiomesh, Bard, Covidien, Gore and around 35 other brands.
Hundreds of thousands of hernia patients have been implanted with a hernia mesh. If you or a loved one has experienced serious injury or death, and a hernia mesh implant was used during a hernia repair, you or your loved one may be entitled to compensation.
Read on for the latest facts about hernia mesh cases and what to watch for. Contact the caring Birmingham personal injury lawyer team at Pittman, Dutton & Hellums for a free consultation.
- Many hernia mesh products went to market without sufficient testing. Through the 501(k) approval program, products like the Ethicon Phsiomesh and Atricum C-Qur bypassed safety tests and brought their products to consumers.
- A 2016 study found 31 percent of hernia mesh patients experienced complications within two years of having surgery.
- A 2016 study found patients who received hernia mesh implants were four times as likely to have long-term side effects compared to patients who received sutures only.
- More than 211,000 units of hernia mesh have been recalled as of March 2018.
- There have been at least six hernia mesh recalls, including C-Qur Edge Mesh, Bard Composix Kugel Mesh, Bard Composix Kugel Hernia Patch, Ethicon Proceed Surgical Mesh and Ethicon Physicomesh Flexible Composite Mesh.
Damage caused by hernia mesh products can come from the materials that are used in them. For example, the C-Qur hernia mesh is coated in fish oil, which can lead to allergic reactions or scar tissue sticking tissues and organs together. Many hernia meshes are made using polypropylene, which is a polymer that can degrade over time and cause the mesh to shrink, which can provoke an immune response or cause irritation.
There are many signs that a patient is experiencing negative side effects from a hernia mesh. Patients should be vigilant of warning signs like these:
Infection, which will usually require hernia mesh removal and may result in severe headaches
Organ perforation, which is a hole that forms in an organ
Autoimmune response or fever
Abdominal and bowel adhesion, which can inhibit the ability to defecate or cause diarrhea, nausea or constipation
Chronic pain, including testicular, groin and leg pain
It doesn’t matter how severe any of the above warning signs are. Patients should contact their doctor immediately to discuss if they’re experiencing any of these.
Why Hernia Mesh Manufacturers May Be Liable
Any creator of a medical device must follow safety standards to keep patients protected. Unfortunately, this is often not the case, as seen from thousands of defective medical device cases. Some ways a medical device manufacturer may be negligent include:
- Improper testing
- Knowledge of product dangers, without warning doctors and consumers of complications
- Lack of research and studies during design and manufacturing
While the U.S. Food & Drug Administration states that most complications from hernia mesh come from devices that have been recalled, with more than 40 brands of hernia meshes accused of creating complications, every patient should be vigilant of warning signs.
Complications from hernia mesh devices can result in long-term pain, more surgeries, high medical bills, time missed off work and more. When medical complications are caused by negligence, the patient deserves compensation.
Get the Help and Compensation You Deserve
The statute of limitations places a time limit on how long you have to file a lawsuit for a defective hernia mesh. That’s why it’s important to contact a law team as soon as possible for a consultation.
At Pittman, Dutton & Hellums, we work on a contingency basis. We only take cases we believe we can win, and you don’t pay unless we win your case.
We represent hernia mesh victims from all over the country, and we can help you. Please give us a call at (205) 322-8880 for a free consultation.
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