Hernia Mesh Lawsuit

 

Are you in pain because of hernia mesh?

Wondering if you're' eligible to file a hernia mesh lawsuit? Right now In the U.S., we're seeing a large increase in these type of cases. Dangerous products continue to flood the market and patients continue to receive faulty mesh. Medical device manufacturers are putting patient's health at a severe risk and raking in the money.

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Hernia mesh products are being rushed to the market without proper clinical trials or safety checks. While the FDA is aware, there are numerous unsafe mesh products in circulation.  Hospitals and surgeons  continue use these products on daily basis while individual patients are kept in the dark.

If you've suffered from complications related to hernia mesh, you already know how serious the problems can be. Maybe you've had intestinal fistulas, bowel perforations or a number of other known symptoms. The good news is that you're not alone, and you've come to the right place for help. These problems have affected hundreds of others across the country. We want to take action and help reclaim losses for you. It's important that your receive compensation for medical bills,  and the long-term pain.


 

Contact us now if you're suffering. You may be entitled to substantial compensation and the consultation is always  FREE. 

We are primarily looking for patients that underwent surgery between 2008 and May 2016 and had additional operations to remove/replace surgical mesh.  When contacting us, please include as many details as possible including:

  • Date of operation
  • Manufacturer / Product name (check medical or insurance record)
  • Hospital and location
  • Type of hernia repair (see section below)




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You're case information is never shared with any third-party individuals. All information is kept confidential and your submission alone does not create an attorney-client relationship.  

 

What is Hernia Mesh and How is it Used?

First, let's explain what a hernia actually is. A Hernia is an enlargement or projection of a tissue. This includes any type of muscle or a membrane within the human body. When a tissue extends beyond it's normal limits, or bulges out, it is said to be a Hernia. This initially doesn't harm the human body but, as it enlarges, it gives unimaginable pain to the person experiencing it. Causes could include anything from genetics to poor lifting techniques. Age is also not a major factor in determining  one's risk profile. Hernia can occur in both adults and children.
We commonly refer to three different types of hernias( although there are more)  depending on the cause, or location they occur within the human body.

Inguinal

Inguinal hernia refer to those that occur near the groin area. This tends to be one of the most common areas for hernia. In fact, some 600,000 individuals in the U.S. undergo surgery each year to repair this type of hernia.
The best treatment for primary inguinal hernias is considered to be the Lichtenstein repair. Not known to be a difficult procedure, this type of treatment may be used by general surgeons in addition to specialists . The benefits of this intervention are reduced pain and  period of recovery. For bilateral hernias, a laparoscopic repair is not only recommended, but necessary. There are a few factors that influence the operation type, but the most important is cavity size. As an example, mesh should not be used on cavities smaller than 10 um in diameter. This is because leukocytes (white blood cells) have difficulty accessing the injury site.

Umbilical

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This illustration shows a strangulated hernia which occurs when you have a protrusion in your abdominal wall.

Umbilical  hernias originate near the belly-button and are most common in young infants.
These are not usually surgically repaired in child cases. Usually, once the child reaches the age of 3, the hernia shrinks and heals by itself anyways. Some mothers try to increase the speed of the healing by tapping a coin to the bulge and forcing it to stay there and push it back, but this method is not medically tested or recommended. In some special cases, umbilical hernias do require surgical intervention. Read more on infant hernias here.

As with all hernias, a weakness in the intestinal wall is the cause of these protrusions. This in turn causes a protrusion in the abdominal wall. The image to the right illustrates this.

Incisional

Incisional hernias occur in areas where a previous  incision was made in the abdomen. This could include any type of operation including previous hernia repair operations. "Reoccurrence" is another name for this injury and is frequently used in hernia mesh lawsuit cases and documentation.

Read more on the different types of hernias (WebMD).

  Should I be concerned? How dangerous is hernia mesh?

The FDA has uncovered issues with several different  hernia mesh products over the past decade. Big name manufacturers such as Bard, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic have all been named in recent hernia mesh lawsuits. To understand the risks, it's important to understand the history and application of mesh in hernia related operations. Surgical mesh has been used in various types of operations dating as far back as the 1940s. At the same time, synthetic polymers (plastics) were also being created and developed for the first time. One polymer in particular, polypropylene, became the standard material used in the construction of surgical mesh , By 1960, polypropylene had been used in thousands of patients in hernia operations. The hope was that with the support of this mesh,  the damaged tissue could heal more easily and  thus prevent hernia reoccurrence. [Read more about the history of hernia mesh here]

This modern surgical mesh is usually a piece of woven medical-grade plastic that is inserted into the site of the hernia and helps strengthen the affected area. During the operation the mesh is inserted in a folded position, and it pops out once inside the patient.  Typically via the assistance of a spring

Again, this is usually a good solution to a problem that can be debilitating and frustrating. It keeps the muscle wall stronger and keeps the organs and tissue behind the abdominal wall from popping back through. It requires no maintenance and can stay in the body for years without issue. On the other hand, this device, can have some pretty serious complications if it malfunctions. Since it's usually placed near major digestive organs of the body, especially if it's in an abdominal hernia these injuries can be serious.

So how does it malfunction. Well, one culprit is the mesh's structural material...Polypropylene.

With the advancements in medical diagnosis,  doctors became aware of the possible linkage between polypropylene mesh material and several health complications. Most injuries and symptoms originate and are sometimes localized at the operation site with this material is a factor.  Infections are one of the most common issues (when coated mesh is used) however many symptoms can be linked to Polypropylene. Please see our hernia mesh complications page for additional information.

The FDA has received numerous hernia mesh submissions through it's MedWatch program. This prompted them to release an FDA safety communication notice which you can ready below. It mentions that most of the products reported have been removed from the market. However, we're continuing to see the same injuries and complications today. You can also read more about some of the record hernia mesh settlements to get a sense of some of the payouts that individuals are receiving.

Click to Read the FDA Safety Notice

 

  Am I eligible to file a hernia mesh lawsuit?

Potentially. We won't know exactly until you contact us with the details of your case however, we are primarily looking for patients that underwent surgery between 2008 and May 2016.

Lawsuits are currently underway. In the state of Rhode Island,  a multi-district litigation has been filed. This essentially means many different people  are suffering from the same problem and  file individual lawsuits against a company, which are then consolidated. Around the country, individuals are filing their individual lawsuits and taking control of litigation in their own areas. If you or someone you know has been harmed by mesh complications, you should talk with one of our qualified lawyers about your potential case. You may be able to get compensation for your medical costs and pain and suffering.

Please contact us using the form above and include as many details as possible. This includes: location and date of your operation, manufacturer of the mesh implanted (if known), and any symptoms that you've been experiencing. Remember, you can retrieve surgery reports or medical records for your procedure.  These will help us tremendously when evaluating your case. Once we identify the manufacturer and type of mesh used, we can find out if any recalls or issued warnings from the FDA exist.

Your not alone

If you've suffered from complications from a broken hernia mesh, you already know how serious the problems can be. Maybe you've had intestinal fistulas or bowel perforations. You may have also suffered from major irritation or hernia mesh infections. Many others have suffered in similar ways, and many are choosing to pursue legal options for their suffering, pain, and medical expenses. These problems have affected hundreds of others and continue to be reported daily. We can help!

How can you help me?

When filing a hernia mesh lawsuit, It's important to have skilled legal professionals on your side. An experienced professional will help win your case and reach a larger settlement for you and your family. As an independent team of expert attorneys, we provide years of experience in FDA recalls relating to medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs. With hernia mesh cases, it's no different. Our knowledge of the the different symptoms, manufacturers and recent cases, give us a clear advantage over other firms. Updated hernia mesh lawsuit information, including, stories, payouts and settlement can be found on our news blog.