If you had a hernia that was repaired with mesh made by Ethicon, Atrium Medical, or C.R. Bard, and you suffered serious complications, adverse events, or side effects, you have rights, and we protect those rights. Speak to one of our attorneys about a hernia mesh lawsuit seeking justice and compensation for the injuries you suffered and the losses you experienced due to those injuries.
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Simply put, a hernia occurs when tissue or an organ protrudes through a weakness in the tissue or muscle that helps keep them in place. The type of hernia you are diagnosed with depends on where it is located in your body. For example, a femoral hernia occurs in the upper thigh, a hiatal hernia occurs in the upper stomach and diaphragm, and umbilical hernia occurs at or near the belly button, and an incisional hernia involves scars from an abdominal incision.
If you develop a hernia, you should see a physician as soon as possible. While some hernias may be small and pose little threat of further damage, some hernias are so dangerous they must be surgically repaired. To do this, a surgeon will make a small incision near the hernia and implant a flexible mesh over the hernia to strengthen and support it. If you do not have a hernia repaired, you risk further damage and serious complications.
Hernia Mesh Repair
Unfortunately, some of the hernia mesh devices used to repair a hernia are made by manufacturers who have not ensured the devices were safe and effective before putting them on the market. Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, C.R. Bard and subsidiary Davol, and Atrium Medical make hernia repair mesh devices that were approved for the market through a controversial FDA program called the 510(k)-approval process. This process does not require medical devices to undergo the same clinical studies as those devices going through the traditional approval process. Instead, the manufacturers simply show their new device is substantially similar to a device that was previously approved for the market.
Now, some of the patients who received these devices are filing lawsuits seeking compensation for serious injuries and accusing the manufacturers of failing to warn of risks and complication that they knew about or should have known about before patients suffered injury. Some of the most common injuries that have been associated with these mesh devices include:
- Allergic reactions
- Chronic and debilitating pain
- Erosion and migration of the mesh
- Foreign body reactions
- Intestinal blockages
- Mesh rejection
- Perforation of organs and tissue
- Serious bacterial infections
- Shrinkage of the mesh
- Wound abscesses
Some of the types of mesh involved in these lawsuits include:
- Ethicon’s Physiomesh
- Atrium Medical C-QUR mesh
- Bard and Davol’s 3DMax, Composix E/X, PerFix Plug, Ventralex ST, Sepramesh, and the Kugel Patch
Some patients who were implanted with these devices have filed lawsuits alleging the manufacturers failed to adequately test their mesh before putting them on the market, manufactured and distributed defective products, hiding the risks the products pose, and misrepresented the efficacy and safety of their mesh products.
If you were implanted with one of the listed Ethicon, Bard, or Atrium Medical mesh devices and suffered any of the injuries listed on this page, you may be eligible to seek significant financial compensation. Contact us today to learn more.