Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
Understanding the Claims
Individuals have filed hernia mesh lawsuits, claiming that specific companies’ mesh products have caused severe injuries, necessitating additional surgery to address the resulting complications. These lawsuits revolve around allegations related to defective product design, improper product labeling, defective product manufacturing, and medical malpractice by the implanting doctor.
The claims include contentions that the mesh had inherent design flaws, inadequate disclosure of risks to patients and doctors, manufacturing errors leading to faulty mesh, and negligence or mistakes on the part of the doctor involved.
The affected patients are seeking compensation for various damages, such as lost wages, medical expenses, diminished quality of life, and the physical and emotional pain and suffering resulting from the complications caused by the defective mesh.
Many individuals who have experienced severe complications from hernia mesh have undergone at least one additional surgery, and in some cases, multiple surgeries, to address their issues. It is worth noting that for many people, the complications persisted even after revision surgery.
If you have encountered any of the following hernia mesh complications and your doctor has recommended revision surgery, you may have grounds for filing a lawsuit:
- Adhesion: Mesh implant sticks to other organs and tissue.
- Bowel Obstruction: The hernia mesh sticks to the intestines or moves around in the body, blocking the bowel.
- Chronic Pain: If it lasts months or years after hernia mesh surgery, it may lead to nerve damage or chronic inflammation.
- Delayed or Long-Term Complications: Chronic pain, adhesions, or hernia recurrence may occur years after the original surgery.
- Groin or Testicular Pain: A burning sensation at the surgery site caused by pinched nerves after hernia mesh surgery.
- Hernia Recurrence: The hernia may return if the mesh fails. It’s a common complication of hernia surgery.
- Infection: Chronic inflammation around the hernia mesh may lead to infection.
- Mesh Failure: Implant causes problems, such as pain and hernia recurrence, and must be removed.
- Migration: Hernia mesh moves from the initial surgery site to other parts of the body.
- Perforation of Organs or Tissues: The hernia mesh punctures other body parts during migration.
- Revision Surgery: One or more surgeries, depending on the severity of complications, to remove faulty hernia mesh.
- Seromas: Pockets of fluid buildup around the surgery site.
Compensation claims in hernia mesh lawsuits cover various aspects, including economic and non-economic factors. Economic damages encompass past and future medical expenses, as well as wage loss. On the other hand, non-economic damages pertain to the loss of quality of life, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering experienced by the individuals involved in the lawsuits.
If you have undergone hernia mesh surgery and faced significant complications, especially when the mesh used was manufactured by Ethicon, Atrium, or Bard Davol, you might be eligible to file a hernia mesh lawsuit. It is crucial to act swiftly and seek legal representation to ensure that your lawsuit is filed within the specified statute of limitations. Failing to meet this deadline can result in the inability to pursue legal action.
Eligibility criteria for a hernia mesh lawsuit can vary on a variety of factors. However, some common requirements include undergoing original hernia repair surgery with mesh on or after January 1, 2006, experiencing serious injuries such as adhesions, hernia recurrence, intestinal blockage, mesh migration, organ perforation, and infection occurring more than 30 days from the original surgery date, and undergoing hernia revision surgery or additional surgery due to complications.
If you believe you have a hernia mesh injury, contact GDS Law Group for a free consultation to determine your specific eligibility and legal options.