Hernia mesh products were once commonly used to treat many different types of medical conditions. Unfortunately, there have been thousands of lawsuits filed after patients were diagnosed with critical internal injuries stemming from hernia mesh and hernia mesh products.
If your physician used hernia mesh, and you are suffering from serious injury or illness, you may be wondering whether hernia mesh is responsible and whether you qualify for a hernia mesh lawsuit. When you get legal help, you will find out the options available to you.
What Is Hernia Mesh?
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the hernia mesh products commonly used in hernia repairs are made of woven, sterile material that surgeons will use to support tissues, organs, and distended muscles. In the past, they were made of a hard plastic material. But the manufacturers changed their makeup after patients began to suffer serious complications.
These days, hernia mesh products are made of a softer, more lightweight material that is designed to absorb into the body’s muscles and tissues to create a more permanent repair.
When designed correctly, hernia mesh is supposed to strengthen and stabilize the area and support new tissue growth.
Issues with Hernia Mesh
Like nearly every other type of product on the market, hernia mesh devices and products can be made by several different companies. Each company will argue that their hernia mesh device is superior to the next. Each will also come in varying sizes, shapes, and have unique characteristics and specific materials used.
Unfortunately, there has been an increasing number of hernia mesh-related injuries and illnesses because of the defective medical equipment. The complaints surrounding hernia mesh devices can vary depending on the manufacturing question.
What Types of Defects Are Seen in Hernia Mesh Products?
For example, Physiomesh, one brand of hernia mesh product manufactured by a company known as Ethicon, was previously advertised as superior to others on the market due to its unique design. Instead, this brand of hernia mesh was found to cause fluid buildup, increase the risk of patient infections, and was prone to mesh shrinkage and migration.
Other recalled hernia mesh products have been known to perforate the bowel and other organs due to unsealed edges and may even lead to fraying. Some products were found to be associated with an increase in infections and adhesions. Reports showed that when exposed to high humidity, they would stick to the inner packaging during shipment.
These are just a few instances of issues surrounding hernia mesh devices. If you are injured or became ill due to a defective hernia mesh device, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Do not hesitate to contact our office to discuss your brand of hernia mesh device and the complications you have experienced since your implantation.
Types of Injuries Associated with Hernia Mesh
Patients who are implanted with defective hernia mesh devices and products have been known to experience a wide variety of injuries and illnesses. Some of the more common conditions that our clients have endured include:
- Fluid buildup
- Bowel perforation
- Hernia recurrence
- Intestinal blockage
- Fistula formation
- Mesh rejection
- Organ puncture
- Mesh migration
- Bowel obstruction
Who Is Eligible for Hernia Mesh Lawsuits?
Many people who have suffered devastating injury and illness because of defective hernia mesh devices hesitate to connect with an attorney. This is, in part, because they are unsure whether they are eligible for compensation.
Generally, if you underwent a hernia mesh repair or otherwise required hernia mesh as part of a surgery, and you endured considerable pain, infection, or other injury or illness, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
When you reach out to an attorney to discuss the specific details of your case, you will have a better idea of whether you qualify for a hernia mesh lawsuit. Some of the most important details your attorney will need to know to determine your eligibility status include:
- The name of the hospital where your surgery occurred
- The name of your doctor
- The type of medical condition you suffered
- The date of your surgery
- The date when you first noticed signs of complications
- The manufacturer and brand of your hernia mesh device
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How to File a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
If you are interested in pursuing a hernia mesh lawsuit, it is important that you act quickly. The statute of limitations in cases like these can often be complex. And it is important to make sure that you do not miss this critical deadline or risk your opportunity to be awarded the compensation that you deserve.
There are many ways in which you can go about pursuing a hernia mesh lawsuit. Your attorney will carefully examine the details of your case to determine which avenue is most appropriate. Many hernia mesh lawsuits are currently being consolidated in multi-district litigation (MDL). This means there is a strong possibility that your case will first be filed locally before being transferred to an out-of-state court for pre-trial proceedings.
Once your case is filed, your attorney will likely work to negotiate a settlement. We may be unable to recover a fair and reasonable settlement before your case is heard at trial, though. If this happens, you can expect your case to be transferred back to the local courts where it will be heard by a judge, and a decision will be made.
Get Help from a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Attorney Today
If you believe that you are eligible for a hernia mesh lawsuit but you are unsure of where to start, reach out to the Parrish Law Firm, PLLC for more information.
Our firm is proud to offer free, no-obligation consultations to injury victims and accident survivors across Virginia. Claim yours today when you call our office at (571) 229-1800. Jim Parrishis ready to fight for you.