If you have been injured by an implant, you may be able to recover damages. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can help you file a comprehensive, well-supported claim or complaint in pursuance of damages.
If you are looking for information on hernias, hernia mesh, and lawsuits associated with the same, you have come to the right place. We are dedicated to providing our clients the information they need to make informed decisions about their injuries.
- 1. What is a hernia?
- 1.1 Types of Hernias
- 2. What is a hernia mesh?
- 2.1 Hernia Mesh Manufacturers
- 3. What are the complications and types of injuries associated with a defective hernia mesh?
- 4. Who is responsible for harm caused by hernia mesh products?
- 5. What can you expect in compensatory damages?
- 6. Contact Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys for a Free Consultation
A hernia can be a painful condition. It develops when an organ pushes through the surrounding muscle or tissue. For instance, if the muscle of the abdominal wall tears, the intestines may protrude through that tear in the wall, creating a hernia.
There are a number of hernia types that cause patients to consider a hernia mesh as a solution to their pain.
Hernias do not go away, but they do get larger over time -- thus, increasing the pain associated with them. To prevent progressive enlargement and subsequent pain, the tear must be repaired. One method to do so has been the use of the so-called hernia mesh.
Hernia mesh is a surgical implant placed in the surrounding area of the hernia to hold the damaged tissue together as it heals. The mesh can be attached using stitches, staples, or glue. This implant is most often used as a preventative measure to keep the hernia from recurring.
There are roughly 70 different types of this product manufactured by different companies and made for different purposes. Manufacturers that dominate the U.S. market with their mesh models include:
- Atrium Medical Corporation
- B. Braun Melsungen
- C.R. Bard
- Gore Medical
- LifeCell Corporation
Though the hernia mesh implant has helped many, it has also contributed its own share of pain and suffering. Many of these manufacturers have been sued or are in the process of being sued for defective hernia mesh products.
Not all products are created equal and not all have the same results. Many, in fact, result in serious complications and injuries. These include:
- Adhesion, where the mesh sticks to internal tissue
- Bowel obstruction
- Migration, where the mesh moves from its original site of implantation
- Perforation of organs or tissues
- Seromas, where fluid collects under the surface of the skin
- Chronic pain
- Mesh failure, where it overall fails to do what it was intended to do
- Surgery to remove a hernia mesh
- Delayed and/or long-term complications.
Defective hernia mesh products cause complications that have impacted the quality of life for many. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled numerous hernia mesh devices, but it may also have contributed to the problem via its approval process.
There are always risks and potential side effect associated with surgery, and hernia repair is no different. An informed patient cannot sue after surgery if a known complication arises.
That changes, however, when a product used in the surgery is defective. In surgery to repair hernias, mesh implants are used. If a defective implant is the cause of your injuries, then the manufacturer of the implant is responsible and can be held accountable via a lawsuit.
If you are entitled to file a claim against the manufacturer of your defective hernia mesh, then you can anticipate being able to file a claim for compensatory damages that include both economic and non-economic damages. These include:
- Economic damages, like medical bills, lost wages due to illness, miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses; and
- Non-economic damages, like pain and suffering and mental or emotional anguish.
Our personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys have the compassion, the commitment, and the legal capabilities to help you with your hernia mesh lawsuit. Contact us today at (855) 396-0370 to find out more about hernia mesh lawsuits and to discuss your specific case. Someone is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we do not charge a fee for the initial, confidential consultation.