Hernia mesh surgery complications are on the rise. If you suffered serious complications after a hernia mesh was used to repair your hernia, you could be eligible to file a hernia mesh lawsuit. The Goldwater Law Firm’s scheduling free case reviews to help injured patients protect their rights.
What Is Hernia Mesh?
Hernia mesh is a surgical implant that’s used during surgery to repair certain types of hernias. Hernia mesh is supposed to support and repair the damaged area. They’re considered permanent implantations. They’re commonly used to repair abdominal hernias. In fact, they are so commonly used that more than one million people have hernia mesh used every year to repair a hernia.
Complications Caused by Hernia Mesh
Complications of hernia mesh have been reported and several brands have been recalled because of the severity of the damage caused by their products. Reported complications include:
- Serious infections, including sepsis
- Perforation of organs
- Mesh shrinkage
- Development of adhesions
- Bowel obstructions
- Nerve damage
- Mesh migration
- The body rejects the mesh
- Long term, excruciating pain
- Hernia recurrence
Despite the recalls, there are thousands of patients who experienced complications. There are also hernia mesh options still available on the market. If you experienced complications after hernia mesh surgery, contact the lawyers of The Goldwater Law Firm.
Many Hernia Mesh Manufacturers Didn’t Have to Properly Test Their Product
Usually, medical devices and medications must undergo a rigorous testing process before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows it onto the market for consumers. However, when a device is generally considered low risk, there’s no clinical trial requirement. Instead, the FDA requires the manufacturer to provide a hefty processing fee and give them some basic information about the product. This procedure is available when there’s already similar approved products on the market. The FDA simply makes the assumption that the product must be safe and doesn’t need to be tested.
Hernia Mesh Recalls
Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, created Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh. It was approved by the FDA for distribution in 2010. It was made by a special type of plastic known as polypropylene. It’s coated with a substance called monocryl. Yet, the body often reacts poorly to polypropylene. That’s why the company coated it with monocryl. Monocryl was supposed to help protect the body and stop the mesh from integrating with the organs and tissues where it was implanted.
After two separate studies showed that the product caused a higher rate of hernia recurrence that required additional surgery, Ethicon recalled the product in Australia and Europe in 2016. They issued a Field Safety Notice in the United States stating that their product could be dangerous. Physiomesh is one of several hernia mesh products named in the hernia mesh lawsuits and linked to infections, adhesions, and perforated organs and tissue.
Atrium Medical Corporation’s product, Atrium C-QUR medical mesh, was approved by the FDA in 2006 since there were already similar products on the market. The FDA issued a Class II recall for 1,500 Atrium C-Qur Edge Mesh and around 95,000 C-QUR V-Patch Mesh in 2013. These particular mesh options could stick to muscle tissue if they’re exposed to humidity for a certain amount of time. Many hernia mesh lawsuits allege that Atrium C-QUR mesh caused them to suffer from chronic infections, nerve damage, and fluid build-up. Several patients needed to have the mesh surgically removed.
In 2007, the FDA issued a Class I recall for another hernia mesh known as the Kugel Hernia Patch. The recall stated that the recoil ring can break and potentially perforate the bowels or cause a chronic fistula.
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Thousands of Hernia Mesh Lawsuits Have Been Filed
Currently, there are thousands of hernia mesh lawsuits filed as product liability lawsuits. The plaintiffs state that the hernia mesh product they received was defective and caused them to experience serious problems. They also state that the manufacturers failed to properly test their products and that they did not warn the medical consumer about the potential risks associated with the products. Several lawsuits go further and allege that the manufacturers misled the medical community about the effectiveness of the mesh.
For a hernia mesh lawsuit to be successful, the plaintiff must be able to prove that:
- Your injuries resulted from hernia mesh
- The hernia mesh they received was defective
- The defect of the hernia mesh caused you to be injured
- The hernia mesh was used as it was intended to be used
Proving that a product, like hernia mesh, was ineffective isn’t easy. It’s important that you talk with and are represented by a hernia mesh lawyer that understands product liability law. These claims are more complicated than traditional personal injury claims. You need a team of lawyers who can perform the proper investigation. The Goldwater Law Firm works side by side with industry experts, investigators, and medical professionals. Our goal is to help patients get the care and compensation that they deserve for their injuries.
Know the Signs of Hernia Mesh Problems
Hernia mesh symptoms can indicate a serious and sometimes deadly problem. It’s important that you can recognize the signs of hernia mesh problems. Common signs include:
- Ongoing, severe pain at the surgery or hernia site
- Signs of infection
- Nausea and vomiting
- Development of an abscess
If you believe that you’re suffering from complications from hernia mesh, call The Goldwater Law Firm Firm right away. We’re an experienced team of product liability lawyers and we’re here to help.
You May Be Eligible for Compensation
Patients injured by hernia mesh may be eligible to receive financial compensation for their medical bills, revision surgery, hernia mesh removal surgery, time missed from work, ongoing medical care, pain and suffering, and more. However, there is a statute of limitations for victims. You only have two years to file your claim. However, if a plaintiff alleges that the action is based on the negligence of the manufacturer or seller, the time limit changes.
Don’t Wait to File Your Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
If you believe that you have a hernia mesh claim, call The Goldwater Law Firm Firm to schedule your free case review. We’re here to help. Our product liability lawyers will assess your case. If you have a claim, we’ll explain your options and tell you how you can protect your legal rights.
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