Farris, Riley & Pitt is evaluating cases for injuries suffered by those who received the Ethicon Physiomesh Hernia Mesh as part of a surgical procedure to treat a hernia.
Ethicon, Inc. is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson that received a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) green light allowing it to market its Physiomesh Flexible Mesh products in 2010. Ethicon received “fast-track” approval using the FDA’s 501(k) process. This process allows a manufacturer to avoid rigorous testing and studying usually required before receiving FDA approval. The manufacturer simply has to demonstrate that its product is similar to others on the market. Ethicon was never required to establish whether or not its Physiomesh hernia implants placed an unreasonable risk to patients.
The purpose of Ethicon Physiomesh is to help repair hernias and reduce the rate of recurrence which is historically quite high. The hernia mesh is used to patch the weakened area and help support the closure so that it has a lower chance of re-opening and allowing another hernia. The mesh is composed of woven “threads” polypropylene plastic sandwiched between two layers of Monocryl, also called poliglecaprone. The Monocryl coating, according to Ethicon is intended to prevent or minimize adhesions and reduce inflammation. Some say that the coating is responsible for severe injuries.
Johnson & Johnson Recalls Ethicon Physiomesh Hernia Mesh
In two European studies, results showed higher rates of hernia recurrence and reoperation in surgeries with Ethicon Physiomesh as opposed to similar products. According to an urgent field notice, a few factors may contribute to the high incidence of problems with Ethicon Physiomesh including design defects, and instructions to doctors. In May 2016, evidence of increased side effects led Johnson & Johnson to recall Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh.
Injuries and Side Effects from Ethicon’s Physiomesh Hernia Mesh
There are risks anytime you have surgery and thankfully, those risks often never lead to injuries. There are hundreds of thousands of hernia repair surgeries in the United States each year, the vast majority of which use a hernia mesh implant, and some are successful. Unfortunately, particular types of hernia mesh may be more dangerous than others. Lawsuits allege in part that the unique coating on Ethicon Physiomesh contributes to the many injuries experienced by patients.
Ethicon Physiomesh hernia mesh may be associated with the following severe injuries and complications:
- Recurrence of a hernia
- Inflammatory, chronic foreign body response
- Migration of hernia mesh implant
- Chronic or severe pain
- Adhesion of tissue
- Contraction of mesh
- Need for additional surgery to remove Ethicon Physiomesh
- Additional surgery to repair injuries caused by Ethicon Physiomesh
Ethicon Physiomesh Hernia Mesh Lawsuits are Being Filed Across the Nation
Although Ethicon Physiomesh is no longer for sale, there are thousands of people out there who have received these hernia mesh implants and have endured pain and surgery that may have been avoidable. Across the nation, these individuals are filing lawsuits to recover monetary damages from Ethicon.
Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuits raise allegations of negligence including;
- Failing to adequately study and test Ethicon Physiomesh for dangers and side effects
- Failing to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risks associated with the use of Ethicon Physiomesh hernia mesh
- Providing misleading information and false information about the safety of Ethicon Physiomesh hernia mesh
- Failing to issue a timely recall of Ethicon Physiomesh
- Failing to pursue safer design alternatives
Some plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits continue to suffer from debilitating side effects of Ethicon Physiomesh. In one case filed April 2016, a plaintiff who required multiple corrective procedures due to an infection asks the court to award damages for the past and future medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, physical pain, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life. He also requests punitive damages accusing Ethicon of gross negligence in the marketing, design, manufacturing and testing of Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh.
Farris, Riley & Pitt Class Action Lawyers Reviewing Hernia Mesh Cases in All 50 States
Attorneys at Farris, Riley & Pitt have decades of experience representing injured victims in class action cases, multi-district litigation, and all types of personal injury matters, including those involving Ethicon Physiomesh hernia mesh.
Our legal team has a reputation for providing tenacious representation to those hurt by dangerous medical devices like hernia mesh implants. We treat our clients with respect and compassion and work tirelessly to provide results that reflect the true nature of the suffering and pain that can result from negligence. We can help you understand your legal rights and options and assist you to formulate a plan to achieve the best possible results.
If you had hernia repair surgery that involved Ethicon Physiomesh and you suffered a recurrence, infection or other complication, consider contacting Farris, Riley & Pitt about pursuing hernia mesh litigation.
Let us answer your Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuit questions. Your consultation is free, and you are under no obligation to hire us to represent you. Should you decide you want our help, we can enter into a contingency agreement which means we don’t get paid until you receive an award or settlement. Call hernia mesh lawyers at Farris, Riley & Pitt today at 1-888-580-5176.