If you’re thinking of filing a hernia mesh lawsuit, you are not alone. There are tens of thousands of people like you who have suffered excruciating, debilitating pain and disability as the result of hernia mesh they thought would be safe and effective in treating their conditions.
Though the effects of faulty mesh can devastate a person for years to come, there is some comfort in knowing your family doesn’t have to go it alone. An experienced medical device injury lawyer can be a huge asset in your time of need.
According to the FDA, more than a third of patients receiving hernia mesh reported problems with their implant. Patients often present to the hospital with adverse side effects such as: fever, nausea, distended abdomens, tenderness, severe pain, and abnormal bowel movements. Patients have likened the pain to “sitting on a barbed wire fence,” “sea urchins beneath the skin,” or “a sharp dagger tearing through the body, from front to back.”
FDA analysis of medical adverse event reports uncovered that “recalled mesh products were the main cause of bowel perforation and obstruction complications.”
A few noteworthy hernia mesh recalls include:
It is not necessary for a mesh product to be recalled in order to win a lawsuit, but it certainly helps build a case that there were known issues in the design or manufacturing processes leading up to the complications you or your loved one suffered.
Multi-District Litigation is often arranged to streamline discovery and early court proceedings when there are numerous cases involving similar complaints surrounding the same products. MDLs formed in U.S. courts for surgical mesh lawsuits include:
The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will hold a hearing on May 25, 2017 to discuss the creation of MDL 2782 for Ethicon/J&J’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh Litigation. So far, there are 18 similar actions pending in 9 federal district courts, but hundreds more cases are anticipated.
Multiple MDLs — comprising more than 50,000 lawsuits — were consolidated in West Virginia before Judge Joseph R. Goodwin regarding similar pelvic repair mesh systems made by Avaulta, American Medical Systems, Coloplast, Cook Medical, and Neomedic.
The Kugel Mesh lawsuits of 2011 resulted in average settlements of $70,000 per plaintiff. One of the early trials that went to court resulted in a verdict in favor of the defendant. Jurors found the manufacturer to be negligent in the design of the mesh patch, but said the plaintiff did not provide a direct link between the injuries suffered and the mesh design. However, another bellwether trial resulted in a $1.5 million jury award for a plaintiff who suffered severe internal injuries and a sepsis infection when his hernia patch broke. Whether you decide to settle or hold out to have your day in court will depend on a number of factors, but you will always have a choice with MDL proceedings.
Hernia mesh symptoms do not always manifest right away. Sometimes they take weeks, months, or even years to show up. Patients are sometimes misdiagnosed. Contact your doctor right away if you suspect a hernia mesh injury, as the side effects can sometimes be fatal. Complications are usually treated with revision surgeries.
Next, contact a product liability lawyer as soon as possible to look into filing a formal complaint. Each state has its own statute of limitations for how long you have to file a lawsuit. In Louisiana, you have one year from the time you discovered the nature of your injury. This is not necessarily two years from the time of your first hernia repair surgery. You may have only heard about hernia mesh lawsuits and settlements from a TV commercial, in the newspaper, or online, so do not hesitate to contact a lawyer to discuss eligibility to file.
Bart Bernard is a Louisiana native who has been fighting for the rights of injury victims for more than 20 years. His compassion and dedication has taken him to the top, with membership among the Elite Trial Lawyers of America and the Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum. He has been following the hernia mesh cases from the beginning, and serves as a fierce crusader for people injured by these poorly designed medical devices. Cases are taken on a contingency basis, meaning that all legal fees come from settlement or jury awards, so there is nothing to lose by calling or contacting us online today.
Last modified: April 28, 2017