Products Liability Litigation for Surgical Mesh Used to Repair Hernias
Hernia mesh is a material used to repair hernias. Hernias happen when internal organs bulge out through a weak spot of muscle. Unfortunately, the synthetic hernia mesh used in hernia repair surgeries has been shown to cause complications and side effects. These complications may include chronic pain, mesh movement, attaching to nearby organs, shrinkage, infection, bowel obstruction, perforation, additional surgeries, and more. Because these complications have been so common, many people with hernia mesh-related injuries have banded together to file a lawsuit against manufacturers in mass tort litigation.
While meshes have been used in hernia repair surgery for decades, in recent years, we have seen an increase in lawsuits stemming from these injuries and complications. These cases are often very complex, and it can take years before the lawsuit is resolved. It’s worth noting that no two hernia mesh cases are exactly alike. Therefore, the time it takes to settle can vary widely depending on the facts and circumstances of the case.
If you or someone you love is suffering from a hernia mesh injury, you deserve a skilled attorney who will offer compassionate and aggressive legal representation. At OnderLaw, LLC, our product liability attorneys have the knowledge and resources to take on the big and powerful medical manufacturers, and we’ll fight to get you what you deserve. Don’t delay. Contact OnderLaw, LLC now at 800-799-2824 for a free, no-obligation case review.
Injuries Caused By Hernia Mesh
A wide array of complications and injuries can occur hernia mesh, such as:
- Mesh migration – The hernia mesh implant can erode in your body. Erosion can lead to complications and require patients to undergo more surgeries to remove and replace the device. When the mesh erodes, pieces of it can move within the body. This may harm internal organs.
- Mesh shrinkage – The mesh can contract in the body, potentially causing internal injury and necessitating additional surgery.
- Mesh shifting – The hernia mesh may shift following surgery. This can allow the hernia to come back and require revision surgery.
- Mesh rejection – The body may respond to the device with an elevated immune response, which can result in illness.
- Mesh adhesion – Sometimes hernia meshes adhere to the wrong area. This can cause pain and other complications.
- Infection – Infection is always a risk with surgery. Removal of the mesh is needed in cases of severe infection.
- Bowel or organ perforation – The mesh could poke a hole in the bowel or another internal organ.
- Bowel obstruction – This occurs when the mesh blocks the bowel.
- Abdominal pain – Adhesion to the abdominal wall can cause nerve damage, leading to severe pain
- Seromas – This is when fluid collects below the surface of the skin. It may lead to an infection.
- Chronic pain – If the mesh fails, some experience chronic pain in connective tissues and joints due to inflammation.
- Kidney failure – This may occur in those who underwent surgeries involving large coated mesh material implantation
- Meshoma condition – This is when the mesh migrates, contracts, or bunches up and forms a structure resembling a tumor.
- Abnormal sweating – This can be due to an autoimmune response or underlying infection.
- Cancer – In rare cases, hernia complications can lead to the development of cancer.
If you have experienced any of these complications following a hernia mesh surgery, the hernia mesh attorneys at OnderLaw, LLC offer free initial evaluations which can help you to understand the extent of the injuries. We are ready to help you take legal action against the negligent manufacturers whose defective products led to your complications.
Manufacturers and Brands
Typically, hernia mesh complications result from improper surgical techniques, incorrect placement of the mesh, or the failure of a defective device. These problems can happen with nearly any type of mesh device used to repair hernias. Some of the common hernia manufacturers and brands include:
- C-QUR, ProLoop, and ProLite Mesh manufactured by Atrium Medical Corporation
- Covidien manufactured by Medtronic
- C R Bard
- Versatex Monofilament Mesh manufactured by Sofradim Production
- Ventralex ST manufactured by Bard Davol
- Parietex Composite Mesh
- Parietex Hernia Mesh
- Composix Kugel
- Perfix Plug
- Proceed Hernia Mesh
- Atrium S C Qur
- Sepramesh (Bard)
- Kugel, 3DMax, Prolene, manufactured by Bard Davol
- Covidien manufactured by Medtronic
Please note that this list is not exhaustive. If you have questions as to what type of hernia mesh was used in the surgery that led to your complications, contact an attorney who has experience handling these cases.
Who is Eligible?
You may be eligible for a hernia mesh lawsuit if:
- You had hernia repair surgery that involved a hernia surgical mesh
- The hernia mesh surgery took place on or after January 1, 2006
- You had hernia revision surgery because of complications
- A doctor informed you that you need more surgery because of complications
- You were informed you needed surgery but cannot due to medical issues
It’s important that you document any adverse side effects and symptoms you may have suffered from after your hernia surgery. This will serve as critical evidence should you choose to file a lawsuit.
The statute of limitations is a time limit on how long you have to file a claim for compensation. The statute of limitations for filing a claim varies by state. In most states, victims only have one or two years to file a lawsuit after discovering their hernia mesh damage. This is why it’s vital that you contact the experienced hernia mesh lawsuit attorneys at OnderLaw, LLC as soon as you discover complications.
Compensation for Hernia Mesh Claim
Every hernia mesh lawsuit is different, and the amount of compensation you are entitled to depends on the unique facts and circumstances of your case. However, there are generally a number of types of compensation that you will be eligible for.
If you have suffered complications and injuries because of a hernia mesh, our skilled attorneys can seek a variety of types of compensation, including:
- Past and future medical expenses for any injuries that resulted from the hernia mesh, such as the costs of the revision surgery and treatment of infections and chronic pain. Out of pocket medical expenses will be compensated. This may include doctor’s appointments, co-pays, and hospital stays.
- Pain and suffering caused by the injuries, the treatment, and recovery. Pain and suffering could include aches, scarring, discomfort and limitations on your daily life.
- Past and future wage loss. These are generally calculated by the amount of time you were out of work due to the hernia mesh failure.
- Loss of earning capacity. If your complications have affected your ability to earn a living, you are entitled to compensation you would have earned in the future were it not for the hernia mesh injury.
- Loss of consortium. This is a claim for compensation if you are deprived of the affection and comfort of your family relationship because of you or your loved one’s hernia mesh injury.
- Punitive damages. These are awarded in rare cases in which the defendant’s behavior was egregious or intentional.
How OnderLaw, LLC Can Help
If you or a someone you love had hernia repair surgery and were injured as a result, it’s in your best interest to seek legal representation from the highly skilled and experienced defective medical device attorneys at OnderLaw, LLC. If you have undergone hernia repair, you may be unsure of what products your physician used during your surgery.
At OnderLaw, LLC, we can review your medical records and contact the medical professional who performed your surgery to determine whether you were treated with a defective mesh implant. We will also seek the expertise of highly qualified medical professionals as part of our investigation. Our lawyers will fight tirelessly for the full and fair compensation you deserve, which may include past and future medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more.
Contact an Experienced Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Attorney
If you or a loved one been injured due to a defective hernia mesh implant, contact the personal injury attorneys at OnderLaw, LLC as soon as you can. At OnderLaw, LLC, our knowledgeable and experienced legal team is ready to to conduct an in-depth investigation into your case. We will work hard to recover the compensation you need and deserve.
Our attorneys will be with you every step of the way, and we won’t charge you anything until we win your case. Call 800-799-2824 now for a free and confidential consultation.