HERNIA MESH RECALL & INJURIES
INFORMATION AND WHAT TO DO
A number of surgical mesh products have been developed for use in hernia repairs. But some types of hernia mesh have been recalled because of high rates of complications and injuries to patients. If you have had surgical mesh implanted as part of a hernia repair procedure and developed complications or had an adverse reaction, you should speak with a knowledgeable hernia mesh injury lawyer about your legal options.
Patients who have been harmed by hernia mesh side effects may have a right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer of the defective mesh product.
The attorneys at Murphy Law Firm are currently investigating cases of hernia mesh injuries involving mesh products manufactured by Ethicon, Inc., and Atrium Medical. Their defective products have been used in many hernia repair procedures.
As a patient, you have a right to expect any medical device used to repair your hernia will work effectively and not cause harm. Our product liability attorneys at Murphy Law Firm have the knowledge and resources to hold accountable large manufacturers that put defective products on the market and put patients’ lives at risk.
If you or your loved one has been harmed by defective surgical mesh, contact us for a free consultation to discuss whether a hernia mesh lawsuit is in order. We can offer legal assistance to people with hernia mesh injury claims throughout the United States, regardless of where you reside.
What Can Our Lawyers Do for You?
The attorneys at Murphy Law Firm are experienced at handling product liability cases involving defective medical products and unsafe devices.
If we believe that you have a valid hernia mesh injury lawsuit, we will obtain your medical records and identify how defective hernia mesh harmed you and your loved ones.
When medical device manufacturers fail to meet their legal obligation to make and market safe products and to give adequate warning of known hazards, they should be held accountable. We will seek evidence to show that your injury was the result of a manufacturing defect and/or a design defect, or that the manufacturer failed to warn adequately of dangers related to the product.
It is important to understand that a hernia mesh injury lawsuit would not name your doctor. Your surgeon who performed the hernia repair would not have had any way of knowing the mesh product was dangerous, if the manufacturer failed to warn adequately of the dangers.
You may have had to go additional hernia surgery due to complications of defective mesh such as a hernia recurrence. We will estimate your immediate and future medical expenses related to the hernia mesh complications, the impact the injuries have had on your quality of life and your present and future lost income. That information will be gathered to estimate the compensation that you should receive for your injury.
We will handle negotiations with the insurance companies representing the medical device manufacturers. We will fight aggressively for a settlement that reflects the extent of your injuries and impact on your quality of life.
Most surgical mesh products are made of synthetic materials or animal tissue. But some materials cause adverse reactions. Patients and doctors have reported to the FDA numerous injuries and side effects related to hernia mesh.
Complications linked to hernia mesh include pain, inflammation, shrinkage and the mesh shifting inside the patient’s body, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Internal movement of hernia mesh can cause bowel blockages, organ perforation, adhesions as well as infections and other complications.
If a defective product has been used widely, it may have harmed numerous people before it was recognized as unsafe or withdrawn from use. Some surgical mesh products have been recalled because of complications and injuries to patients that required the patients to undergo repeat surgeries.
Numerous lawsuits may be filed against the manufacturer of the defective or unsafe product. Courts may combine cases as a class action lawsuit because plaintiffs’ claims are similar or as multi-district litigation, which allows key aspects of separate cases to be handled more efficiently at the same time. Multi-district litigation is underway for patients suing Atrium and its parent company.
What are the Complications with Ethicon Physiomesh?
Ethicon, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, introduced a product called Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh for use in laparoscopic hernia repairs in 2010. Ethicon withdrew the product from the market in 2016 because of unacceptably high rates of patient complications.
The mesh product was intended for use in laparoscopic ventral hernia repairs in the abdominal wall. Physiomesh™ has a unique design, incorporating outer layers of Monocryl film coatings over a polypropylene mesh inner layer. Designed to minimize adhesion to abdominal organs, the outer coatings have prevented the mesh from incorporating properly into the body and contributed to adverse reactions among patients.
In removing the product from the market, Ethicon said that a review of patient data in two European health registries by Ethicon’s Product Safety Team indicated that patients who had Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite Mesh implanted had above average rates of complications requiring repeat surgeries.
While Physiomesh™ Flexible Composite mesh (for laparoscopic use) is no longer on the market, many patients who have had laparoscopic hernia repairs still have Physiomesh™ hernia mesh in their bodies and may still develop complications. If you had laparoscopic surgery during the years from 2010 to 2016 for a ventral wall hernia repair, you may have had Physiomesh™ implanted.
What are the Complications with Atrium C-QUR™ Hernia Mesh?
Atrium Medical Corporation, based in Hudson, New Hampshire, manufactured the C-QUR™ (pronounced “secure”) Mesh used in hernia repairs from 2006 until 2015, when federal regulators obtained a court order to shut it down. If you underwent hernia repair surgery and C-QUR mesh was used in the procedure and you have had complications, you may have a claim against Atrium Medical Corp.
Inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration found problems with Atrium’s sterilization procedures during an inspection and in 2012 warned Atrium that its manufacturing, sterilization and storage procedures violated federal standards. In 2015, the FDA won permanent injunction against Atrium, shutting down Atrium’s manufacturing facility in Hudson, N.J. and preventing Atrium from producing C-QUR mesh.
The C-QUR mesh is made of a polymer plastic with an Omega-3 gel coating designed to prevent the mesh from sticking to abdominal walls. Doctors have reported problems with the Omega-3 fish oil derived coating not sticking to the mesh as intended.
Frequently, patients have had to undergo repeat surgeries to locate and remove the defective C-QUR mesh and repair abdominal organs or other damaged tissue. If you have experienced any of these C-QUR mesh complications, you should speak with an experienced attorney at Murphy Law Firm about whether a C-QUR mesh lawsuit is appropriate in your case.
Should You Speak with an Attorney?
At Murphy Law Firm, our attorneys are available to review the specific facts of your hernia mesh complications and discuss your legal options free of charge.
We understand that you don’t need more bills right now. Our attorneys will outline the legal steps you can take and provide information so that you can make a decision about how to proceed.