Hernia Mesh Lawsuits for Complications, Pain
Last Updated on October 6, 2022
At A Glance
- This Alert Affects:
- People who were implanted with a hernia mesh and experienced complications following surgery.
- What's Going On?
- Lawsuits are being filed over several manufacturers' hernia meshes – at least one of which was deemed "unsuitable for human implantation" – claiming the products are "unreasonably dangerous" and "defective."
- What's the Purpose of These Lawsuits?
- To help patients receive money for medical bills, pain and suffering and other damages, and to hold the manufacturers accountable for releasing allegedly defective devices.
- How Can I Learn More About Filing a Lawsuit?
- Fill out the form on this page. After that, one of the attorneys we work with may reach out to you directly. Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are actively filing lawsuits against C.R. Bard and other mesh manufacturers and can help explain your rights.
- How Much Does This Cost? Is There Any Risk?
- It costs nothing to contact us or to speak with the lawyers we work with. We will never share your information with anyone but the attorneys currently handling the hernia mesh litigation – and you're never obligated to take legal action unless you want to.
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are currently speaking with patients who experienced complications following hernia mesh surgery, including severe pain, dangerous infections and other serious problems that led to second surgeries to remove or replace the mesh.
Dozens of lawsuits are being filed across the country claiming the mesh makers were negligent in designing and releasing these products. Now, attorneys working with ClassAction.org want to help injured patients sue for their pain, lost wages and medical expenses.
Why Are Lawsuits Being Filed?
Lawsuits are currently being filed against C.R. Bard, Ethicon and other manufacturers alleging that they released “unreasonably dangerous” and “defective” products into the marketplace, and didn’t properly warn patients and doctors about the meshes’ side effects.
The suits claim that, as a result of the companies’ actions, they are responsible for the harm patients suffered and the money lost due to revision surgery, doctor visits and time away from work.
Specifically, allegations have surfaced that certain newer mesh products varied from the original design of the mesh – which had been around for 50 years. The manufacturers claimed that this new design was an easier and faster alternative to the traditional hernia mesh.
It has been alleged, however, that even though the newer designs featured certain “bells and whistles,” they did not make the products any better or safer – and actually made them defective.
C.R. Bard Mesh Should Have Never Been Implanted in the Human Body, Reports Say
Reports suggest that one mesh manufacturer, C.R. Bard, Inc., used a plastic in its hernia meshes that should have never been permanently implanted in the human body.
In litigation against the company, court documents suggest that the company’s officials knew the material could be harmful to human health; a warning had been registered with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration saying the material (a resin-based plastic) should not be used “in medical applications involving brief or temporary implantation in the human body or contact with internal body fluids or tissues.”
Despite this warning, the company allegedly continued to use the material – and tried to cover up their actions.
What Can I Get Out of Lawsuit?
Through a lawsuit, you may be able to collect money for:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional suffering and psychological injuries
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Medical bills, both past and future
- Impaired sexual relations
- Loss of services of your spouse
It’s important to note that litigation involving injuries related to hernia mesh products is not a class action lawsuit. You are not automatically included in a lawsuit or any potential settlement just because you were injured.
What Does This Mean for Me?
You will need to personally speak with your own attorney to file your own lawsuit specific to your experience, injuries and damages. If you would like to learn more about filing a lawsuit, contact us using the form on this page.
One of the attorneys we work with may then reach out to you to directly. It doesn’t cost anything to contact us or to speak to a lawyer – and you’re never obligated to take legal action simply because you want to learn more about your rights.
What Companies Are Under Investigation for Their Hernia Mesh Products?
Attorneys working with ClassAction.org are looking into lawsuits against the following companies. The hernia mesh products under investigation are listed beneath their manufacturer.
- Ethicon (a unit of Johnson & Johnson)
- Prolene Hernia System (PHS)
- Covidien/Medtronic (formerly Tyco)
- Composix EX
- 3D Max
- Perfix Plug
- Bard Mesh
What If I Don’t Know What Mesh I Received?
This is totally normal. Most patients do not know which mesh they received. This information, however, is typically included in your medical records and can also be verified by your surgeon.
Should you speak with an attorney and he or she believes you have a case, he or she can request your medical records to determine which mesh you were implanted with.
What Complications Have Been Linked to Hernia Mesh Products?
The following problems and complications have reportedly been linked to hernia mesh products:
- Abdominal abscesses
- Adhesions (scar-like tissues that stick together)
- Intestinal fistulas
- Migration of the mesh
- Recurrence of the hernia
- Blockages/obstruction of the small and/or large intestines
- Perforations (holes in nearby tissues or organs)
- Failure of the hernia mesh
Patients have reported that some of these problems have been so severe that they needed second surgeries to remove, repair or replace the mesh. Many of the complications listed above share similar symptoms, such as fever and abdominal pain.
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