Hernia Mesh is a Dangerous Medical Device that Causes Injuries
Hernia mesh is a medical device that doctors implant as part of hernia repair. A hernia occurs when an organ, such as the intestine, breaks through a hole or weakness in the muscle or nearby tissue that supports it. During hernia surgery, the doctor pushes the herniated organ back where it belongs and sutures the hole. Because there is a tendency for a hernia to reassert itself even after repair, many surgeons use a hernia mesh patch to strengthen the closure and weakened tissue.
Hernia mesh is usually synthetic. Most commonly it is composed of polypropylene plastic that gets weaved into a mesh-like object that is flexible. Some brands of hernia mesh such as Ethicon Physiomesh and Atrium C-Qur have a coating designed to reduce inflammation and the risk of recurrence. The purpose of all hernia mesh implants, with or without a coating, is to lower the chance that the patient will have another hernia.
Hernia mesh has side effects, however, and some of them are serious requiring corrective surgeries and causing severe pain. Infection is a common side effect that often requires surgery to remove the hernia mesh implant. Reports indicate that patients who have had autoimmune responses to the hernia mesh need corrective surgery as well. In some instances, surgery becomes necessary because the body walled off the implant causing severe inflammation, pain, and scarring.
Side effects and complications from hernia mesh also include bowel obstruction, intestinal blockage, sepsis, fever, swelling, recurrence, and adhesion, all of which can be extremely dangerous and painful and result in revision surgery.
Our Legal Team is Pursuing Lawsuits Against the Manufacturers
We’ve handled hundreds of transvaginal mesh and bladder sling cases involving the use of surgical mesh. During the process, we were approached by individuals also suffering from hernia meshes. Upon deeper investigation, the legal community determined that claims for compensation also exist for those with hernia mesh.
Hernia Mesh Lawsuits are Being Filed Across the Country
The hernia mesh devices have had major impacts on both men and women who received this as part of a surgical procedure. Many have required revision surgery, in an attempt to remove the hernia mesh (and these surgeries are not always successful). Many individuals have already filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of hernia mesh implants. For example,
September 2016 – A woman filed a lawsuit against Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson alleging that the Ethicon Physiomesh implant caused chronic pain and blocked her intestines. The complaint claims that the mesh became embedded in the wall of her stomach and could not be removed safely.
December 2016 – A woman filed a lawsuit against Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson alleging the Ethicon Physiomesh was designed in a defective manner, causing her body to suffer a severe inflammatory and foreign body response. She was required to have revision surgery to have the implant removed and experienced chronic pain, adhesion, abdominal bulge and recurrent hernia.
December 2016 – Plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against Atrium and Maquet Getinge Group for injuries suffered due to the Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh. Plaintiffs allege that the gel coating on the Atrium C-Qur caused the patient to reject the implant causing years of severe pain and medical complications. Surgeons eventually had to remove the hernia mesh.
Do You Qualify to Make a Claim for a Hernia Mesh Surgery?
Anyone who has undergone surgery to repair a hernia and later experienced complications or side effects may be entitled to make a claim. You may be able to hold the manufacturer responsible for your injuries and recover significant financial compensation in the form of a settlement or award at trial.
At Farris, Riley & Pitt, we have years of experience handling surgical mesh claims and have obtained successful outcomes for hundreds of clients. Our attorneys are highly skilled at representing clients in matters that involve defective medical devices, medical negligence, product liability, and personal injury. We fully understand how difficult it can be to wade through documents, request information and advocate for yourself when you are recovering from a physical and emotional trauma. For instance, you may be unaware of the product used in your hernia surgery, and our attorneys can help you obtain the medical records needed to find out. Having Farris, Riley & Pitt fighting for your rights can put your mind at ease and allow you to focus getting well.
We offer a free consultation where we can answer your questions about hernia mesh lawsuits and take steps to determine if you qualify to file a claim. We will discuss the facts of your case and evaluate your injuries. If you choose to move forward with us, we will aggressively represent you in this hernia mesh litigation.
We work on these cases on a contingency fee basis. There is no out of pocket expense for you. We only get paid when you receive an award or settlement.
Farris, Riley & Pitt Drug and Device Lawyers are Reviewing Hernia Mesh Cases Nationwide
Farris, Riley & Pitt look forward to hearing from you with the details of your hernia mesh claim. Our attorneys have spent decades representing victims injured by various dangerous medical devices and drugs including surgical mesh used in different procedures. We have a reputation for being tenacious and aggressive while treating our clients with the respect and compassion they deserve. It is our job to ensure that if you suffered an injury because of someone else’s negligence, you receive fair compensation.
Hernia mesh, like other surgical mesh, causes severe complications and side effects to unsuspecting patients who are led to believe that it is a necessary and helpful part of healing. Lawyers, however, know this is not the case. It is time to hold the manufacturers of hernia mesh responsible.
If you or someone you love was injured because of hernia mesh used as part of the surgical repair of a hernia, contact Farris, Riley & Pitt for a risk-free, no-cost consultation. Call us at 1-888-580-5176 for your free hernia mesh case evaluation.