Have you had issues with your hernia mesh implant even years after surgery? As of October 2020, almost 15,000 hernia mesh victims filed lawsuits against mesh manufacturers. You’re not alone if you’ve experienced pain and other medical issues from these devices. Manufacturers have recalled over 211,000 hernia mesh units since 2005. More importantly, victims have received over a billion dollars in settlements. You deserve compensation for your injuries and have suffered for too long; you also deserve compensation for your:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Vocational therapy
- Future expenses
A hernia is already a painful condition. You shouldn’t have to suffer further from harmful mesh products. If you still suffer or have suffered from hernia mesh, call My Case Helper to connect with a hernia mesh lawyer near you.
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Qualifications For Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
Victims can experience mild to severe symptoms from hernia mesh products. Some injuries can be irreversible and completely debilitating for victims. Hernia mesh complications range from slight discomfort to chronic ongoing pain. Some complications can be irreversible and decrease the quality of life. Common complications and injuries include:
- Hernia resurgence
- Mesh erosion and migration
- Ongoing pain and discomfort
- Scarring, bulging, and adhesions
- Organ injury and perforation
- Internal bleeding
- Infections and abscess
- Intestinal blockage
- Fistula formation
- Bowel problems
If you’ve experienced any of these symptoms or complications, you’re entitled to compensation. To be eligible to file a class-action lawsuit, victims must have had:
- The hernia mesh surgery on or after January 1, 2006.
- Suffered from a complication for more than 30 days after your surgery.
- Additional surgeries or revisions because of complications.
- A doctor scheduled or has told you you will need additional procedures from the mesh.
If you qualify to join a class-action lawsuit against one of the recalled hernia mesh units, call My Case Helper and we’ll connect you with a lawyer near you.
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How To File A Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
There are a few things you need to know before you decide to file a hernia mesh lawsuit. You’ll need to be able to answer these 5 questions before you can file a hernia mesh lawsuit.
Find out who the manufacturer is
There are several medical manufacturers who either have active lawsuits or recalls against their hernia mesh units. Later in this article, we go over several manufacturers known for hernia mesh recalls. If you don’t see your unit listed, check online to see if other patients experience issues with the product.
Check the dates
You’ll need to find out the date of your hernia procedure and the statute of limitations on the lawsuit. Check to see if these 2 dates coincide with your qualification status. Call your surgeon to talk to them about your medical history. The surgeon should be able to provide you with information such as consent forms, surgery dates, and they can tell you if other patients have experienced similar issues.
Start collecting evidence on your hernia surgery. Find other records that provide context to your injuries, such as medical notes. There’s no such thing as too much evidence. So collect as much as you can for your lawyer.
See if you qualify
If you believe that you qualify to enroll in a lawsuit against a hernia mesh manufacturer, call a lawyer. A lawyer will help you go over your evidence as well as your claims. The easiest way to find a hernia mesh lawyer is to call My Case Helper. We can connect you with a lawyer in your area who specializes in hernia mesh lawsuits. It’s vital that you find a lawyer with the right experience and My Case Helper works directly with those specialists.
File your claim
With your lawyer, you’ll begin the process to file your lawsuit. The case likely has a specific court you must file to, or you’ll need to join a class-action lawsuit.
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Recalled Hernia Mesh Units
Several different medical manufacturers have recalled their units or currently have lawsuits against them. These manufacturers with recalls include Ethicon, Atrium, and Bard Davol. Despite manufacturer claims that these products are totally safe, over a billion dollars have been paid out to victims. Even without a full recall, these hernia mesh implants have several defects that are often undisclosed, such as:
- Coating on the mesh products causing infections.
- Excessive or thin mesh causing tissue contractions.
- Issues caused by migrating, shrinking, and hardening units.
- The body recognizes the unit as a harmful forgien body.
Here are some of the manufacturers with recalled hernia mesh products.
Physiomesh by Ethicon
Physiomesh was initially advertised as a superior, high-quality mesh unit. It features a 5 layer design making it easier for the body to absorb. However, victims often experience fluid build-up and infection from these units. Victims can also experience painful migration and shrinkage from the units.
In 2016, Ethicon released a statement urgently telling doctors and hospitals to stop using Physiomesh due to these recurring complications. Ethicon has had other recalls and issues with their products.
C-QUR by Atrium Medical (Maquet)
C-QUR hernia mesh uses a unique coating. Atrium recalled C-QUR in 2013 after packing issues during shipping and storage. Some studies even showed patients having complications with infections and adhesions.
Around 32,000 C-QUR units were pulled from the shelves. Although the recall wasn’t directly associated with patient injuries, the C-QUR issues can potentially cause complications with patients.
Kugel by Davol (C. R. Bard)
Kugel hernia mesh was recalled back in 2005 for giving patients several issues such as chronic pain, infections, adhesions, and even recurring hernias. Despite 2 different redesigns, the Kugel mesh was recalled for breakage and bowel perforations. Millions have been paid out in settlements from Kugel hernia mesh.
Parietex by Covidien (Medtronic)
Parietex mesh had several issues with the initial designs. Despite several redesigns, the polyester material was still too light for surgeons to place properly. More importantly, the unsealed edges can perforate several organs including the bowel. This can lead to issues with fraying, tearing, and shrinkage. There has not been an official recall for this product, but patients can still have serious injuries, nonetheless.
Average Settlement For Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
To determine the full extent of your injuries, you’ll need to speak with a lawyer. They’ll be able to account for your expenses, injuries, and suffering to determine a proper settlement. When you call My Case Helper, you’ll get connected with a lawyer who can also account for your legal fees in your lawsuit.