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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 complications as a result of your hernia mesh, speak with one of the attorneys at The Lake Law Firm to discuss your potential hernia mesh lawsuit. Call (888) 525-3529 or fill out the free case evaluation form on this page today to get in touch with a hernia mesh lawyer at our firm.
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.
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 years. However, hernia mesh recipients have reported that certain products failed, leading to severe injuries. In 2018, the FDA received roughly 500 adverse hernia mesh reports monthly. After sorting through the complaints, the FDA reported the most common adverse hernia mesh complications as:
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, 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 Bard recall a Class I, meaning the product could cause serious injury or even death.
A defective hernia mesh may arise from the 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:
Many patients require prolonged medical intervention after surgery with defective mesh. No one should have to tolerate persistent health complications indefinitely, that is why our capable attorneys are on standby to help you file a hernia mesh lawsuit.
With a market value of $4.5 billion in 2021, the hernia mesh market is highly profitable and has attracted countless manufacturers. Yet, many of these companies have issued recalls for their hernia mesh products, affecting hundreds of thousands of implants. These recalls and health complications have prompted individuals to file claims against companies such as:
Tens of thousands have filed hernia mesh lawsuits nationwide in both state and federal courts. There are currently four hernia mesh multidistrict litigations (MDLs) that target Bard, Covidien, Atrium Medical Corp., and Ethicon. An MDL centralizes lawsuits with similar claims under one federal judge in order to handle cases more efficiently.
A previous attempt to consolidate Covidien hernia mesh lawsuits was denied in July 2020. But in June 2022, an MDL was launched following a renewed motion from Covidien. In the new request, Covidien noted that state court hernia mesh cases had increased significantly and would continue to grow.
As of April 2023, 380 Covidien hernia mesh cases are pending under the MDL.
In December 2016, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) centralized claims against Atrium. These lawsuits allege the company’s C-Qur mesh products cause an allergic or inflammatory response.
According to the most recent update in April 2023, 3,389 C-Qur hernia mesh cases have been filed in the MDL.
This is the second MDL against Bard for its reportedly defective hernia mesh devices, the first being the company’s Kugel Patch mesh. The Kugel Patch MDL began in 2007 and ran until 2017.
The current MDL concerns Bard’s polypropylene hernia mesh products. These polypropylene hernia mesh lawsuits claim patients suffered adhesions, organ damage, inflammatory and allergic responses, foreign body rejection, mesh migration, and infections.
This is the largest hernia mesh multidistrict litigation, with 19,270 cases as of April 2023. The next bellwether trial is set for October 2023. Therefore, we could see another hernia mesh verdict later this year.
The JPML created the Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh MDL in June 2017. Plaintiffs argued the mesh could result in hernia recurrence and mesh deformation. Additionally, lawsuits mentioned that the coating of the Physiomesh stopped it from being properly absorbed by the body, and that it wasn’t strong enough to handle the pressure inside the abdomen.
As of April 2023, 900 Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuits are pending in the MDL.
Many court rulings have favored the victims of hernia mesh complications. Hernia mesh settlement and verdict amounts include:
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 anyway, thus potentially compromising the health of hernia mesh patients.
Finally, hernia mesh settlements in the Atrium and Ethicon MDLs are reportedly underway.
If a faulty hernia mesh injured you or a loved one, you may recover compensation for any or all of the following:
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.
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. A hernia mesh lawyer will advocate for you and your rights. Please contact us for a free confidential case evaluation at (888) 525-3529 or submit an inquiry on this page.