When muscle or tissue in the body weakens, a hernia can form. This uncomfortable and painful condition means an organ, intestines or tissue is pushing through the weakened area. In some cases, a hole in the outer muscle or tissue may even form.
Although there are several treatments for hernias, physicians recommend surgery for many patients. During these, a hernia mesh is often used to reinforce connective tissues and reduce the chances of a recurrence. The use of a hernia mesh first began in the 1980s and but became so popular by 2000 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports 90 percent of groin hernia repairs in that year used a mesh.
Despite the popularity of hernia mesh devices, serious concerns have been raised about their safety.
A decade ago, C.R. Bard initiated a voluntary recall of its Composix Kugel hernia repair patch after reports that some did not implant or broke. The company faced 3,000 hernia mesh lawsuits as a result and agreed to pay $184 million to settle most of the claims against it.
However, C.R. Bard isn’t the only company that has allegedly sold defective hernia mesh products. Serious complications have also been linked to the following, both of which have since been removed from the market.
- Atrium C-Qur
- Ethicon Physiomesh
Have you had a hernia repair surgery that used one of these mesh products?
Did you experience any of these or other side effects after the surgery?
- Bowel Blockage
- Organ Perforation
- Other Complications
If so, you may be entitled to legal compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering or lost wages. Already, nearly two dozen hernia repair lawsuits have been filed against Atrium, and a case against Ethicon is expected to go to trial next year.
To learn more about your legal rights, contact a hernia mesh attorney today.
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The courts are currently consolidating proceedings for some of these claims. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the class of injured patients being represented in court.
Hernia Surgical Mesh Implants, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, April 7, 2016, https://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/HerniaSurgicalMesh/default.htm
Hernia Mesh Lawsuits Move Forward, Bernstein Liebhard LLP, January 23, 2017, http://finance.yahoo.com/news/hernia-mesh-lawsuits-move-forward-161900004.html
Bard Offers $184 Million to Settle Hernia Patch Suits, Bibeka Shrestha, Law360, July 1, 2011, https://www.law360.com/articles/255403