When a hernia occurs, many surgeons choose to make use of a hernia repair mesh to reinforce the tissues in the affected area and help prevent a recurrence. Unfortunately, the solution became a bigger problem for some.

Hernia Mesh Recalls

As useful as hernia mesh has proven itself to be, there have been several manufacturers who have faced recalls or withdrawn their product from the market over the course of the last several years. The manufacturer of the popular Kugel hernia mesh patch, C.R. Bard, issued eight recalls for various hernia mesh models between 2006 and 2007 alone. Additionally, Ethicon, the maker of Physiomesh, voluntarily pulled this product from the market in 2016. Both of these manufacturers, along with others, are now facing thousands of lawsuits related to these defective products.

The FDA on Surgical Hernia Mesh

In late 2014, the FDA released a communication related to the issue of surgical hernia mesh. They issued a Safety Communication detailing patient reports of various complications associated with the use of hernia mesh. These included reports of injuries to blood vessels, organs, and nerves, complications with the mesh adhering itself to intestines, infection and more. Patients who do experience hernia mesh complications are encouraged to report them to the FDA.

Hernia Mesh Litigation

Thousands of people have already filed hernia mesh lawsuits across the United States and many more are expected to follow. The complaints are varied, ranging from recurrence caused by mesh migration or shrinkage, infections, bowel perforations, and even death. One Florida woman claimed the Physiomesh device made by Ethicon caused an intestinal blockage, but the mesh could not be removed as it had already adhered itself to the abdominal wall. Another lawsuit alleged, that C.R. Bard’s Kugel hernia patch, caused a woman to die of sepsis, a complication of infection, after the hernia mesh became infected.

Who Can File a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit?

If you have had mesh placed for correction of a hernia surgery in 2010 or later and have subsequently had a revision surgery or removal of that mesh after 2015, contact Baron & Budd to see if you may be eligible to file a claim for damages against the manufacturer. Baron & Budd will investigate your case to determine the mesh manufacturer and whether you may have a claim for your injuries.