Sayville Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Lawyer

Undergoing surgery is undoubtedly a frightening experience. Nonetheless, sometimes surgery is necessary and unavoidable to correct health problems. For example, people with a hernia must often resort to surgery and receive a hernia mesh to remedy the injury. While hernia patients trust medical device companies to provide functioning products, countless people have received defective hernia mesh devices. People have endured painful complications and even revision surgery following implantation with flawed hernia mesh. Due to these adverse health effects, numerous people have filed hernia mesh lawsuits. Did you suffer health complications because of a defective hernia mesh implant? Reach out today to learn more about how a hernia mesh lawsuit can benefit you. 

Our law firm is currently handling lawsuits on behalf of individuals who have been injured by hernia mesh implants. Patients have reported a variety of severe and hazardous health risks associated with certain hernia mesh implants. If you endured health consequences as a result of your hernia mesh, speak with one of the attorneys at The Lake Law Firm to discuss your potential claim.

What is a Hernia Mesh?

A hernia mesh is a flexible implant that supports weakened tissue around a hernia as it heals. A hernia happens when an internal organ pushes through a tear in muscle or tissue. Strenuous actions like bending over or lifting heavy items account for many hernia incidents. The groin and abdomen are frequent hernia locations. To prevent a hernia from recurring, surgeons implant the mesh around the hernia site. In the United States, surgeons use hernia mesh in 9 out of 10 hernia surgeries annually. 

Hernia Mesh Complications

Medical professionals typically opt for a hernia mesh implant rather than stitching the torn tissue back together in the hopes of improving recovery and minimizing the chance of recurrence. Hernia mesh devices come in many materials and sizes to treat varying types of hernias. Manufacturers supposedly designed these implants to remain in patients for the duration of their life.  However, hernia mesh recipients have reported that certain products failed and led to severe injuries. In 2018, the FDA said it received roughly 500 adverse hernia mesh reports monthly. After sorting through the complaints, the FDA reported the most common adverse hernia mesh complications as: 

  • Adhesion
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Bowel perforation
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Mesh migration
  • Mesh rejection

Hernia Mesh and Recalls

Hernia mesh manufacturers have recalled over 211,000 hernia mesh implants from 2005 to 2019. The majority of recalls involved hernia mesh manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, C.R. Bard, and Atrium. These recalls ranged from packing issues to more severe complications that jeopardized the health of patients like bowel perforation and obstruction. 

Mostly, the FDA categorized these hernia mesh recalls as Class II recalls. This means that a person may experience medically reversible temporary adverse health consequences. However, the agency deemed one C.R. Bard recall as a Class I, meaning the product could cause serious injury or even death.

Hernia Mesh Injuries

A defective hernia mesh may arise out of flawed material used to manufacture the product or from how the body reacts to the implanted mesh. The above-referenced hernia mesh complications can result in injuries such as:

  • Revision surgery
  • Chronic pain
  • Internal bleeding
  • Fever
  • Infection
  • Fistula

Many patients require prolonged medical intervention after surgery with defective mesh. No one should have to tolerate persistent health complications indefinitely, our capable attorneys are on standby to help you file a hernia mesh lawsuit.

Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

Tens of thousands of people have filed hernia mesh lawsuits nationwide. There are currently three hernia mesh MDLs that target C.R. Bard, Covidien, and Atrium Medical Corp. The number of lawsuits in hernia mesh multidistrict litigation continues to grow, below you can find a list of the current size of the MDLs: 

  • 134 cases in Covidien MDL-3029
  • 3,323 claims in Arium Medical Corp. MDL-2753
  • 17,788 lawsuits in Davol/C.R. Bard MDL-2846

Furthermore, there are hundreds of other class action lawsuits across the country outside of the federal MDLs.

Verdicts & Settlements in Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

Many court rulings have favored the victims of hernia mesh complications. Trial settlement amounts include:

  • In 2010, C.R. Bard paid $184 million to settle the Kugel Patch hernia mesh lawsuits. That same year, Bard paid $1.5 million to an individual plaintiff. 
  • In 2021, Ethicon agreed to a global settlement. The settlement amount has not been released to the public.
  • In 2022, C.R. Bard paid $255,000 to an individual plaintiff. The judge upheld this decision despite an appeal filed by Bard. 

In late August 2022, a jury awarded a plaintiff $4.8 million in a Rhode Island state lawsuit against Bard for a defective hernia mesh device and the company’s failure to inform the plaintiff of these risks. Additionally, attorneys for the plaintiff presented evidence that Bard used a specific plastic despite warnings from the supplier that this plastic was not suitable for long-term hernia mesh implants. Yet, Bard disregarded the supplier’s advice and moved forward with the plastic anyways, thus potentially compromising the health of hernia mesh patients.

The next bellwether trial scheduled in the Bard hernia mesh multidistrict litigation is set for February 2023.

Liability Law and Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

  • Patients injured by hernia mesh allege that manufacturers knew of the potential defects and side effects of hernia mesh.
  • Manufacturers failed to provide adequate warning to patients and doctors to alert them of the possible complications of using hernia mesh implants.

Can I Recover Compensation for My Injuries in a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one has been injured by Hernia Mesh, you may recover compensation for any or all of the following:

  • Past and future medical expenses;
  • Past and future pain and suffering;
  • Loss of wages; and
  • Other economic losses related to your injury.

Victims of defective hernia mesh devices deserve to take action against the irresponsible companies that designed and manufactured these products. Undertaking a hernia mesh lawsuit on your own can be a challenging process. Yet, with the assistance of the knowledgeable attorneys at The Lake Law Firm, we hope to help you achieve a successful outcome in your hernia mesh lawsuit.

How Our Law Firm Can Help You

The Lake Law Firm was founded by Edward J. Lake, Esq., a personal injury lawyer for over 25 years. Our dedicated team of attorneys is committed to seeking justice on behalf of those who have suffered injury or death due to the negligence of others. Our experienced attorneys handle many different types of pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, and other defective products. The lawyers in our firm have helped collect millions of dollars for their clients. The Lake Law Firm will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation.