Injured by Hernia Mesh: Prevalent Manufacturers
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™
Hernia mesh is a medical device used to support damaged tissue around hernias as they heal; a hernia generally occurs when the stomach or intestine bulges through weakened tissue, and it can be very painful. While hernia mesh serves an important purpose in the healing process, there are specific risks associated with certain types of mesh which can cause lasting damage and continued medical expenses to a patient’s body. If you or a loved one suffered from a hernia mesh implant, reach out to a hernia mesh attorney to discuss your options for physical and financial recovery.
Prominent manufacturers of hernia mesh include the following:
- Atrium: C-Qur hernia mesh
- C.R. Bard (Davol): Composix, Sepramesh, and Ventrio meshes
- Covidien (Tyco): More than a half dozen various mesh devices
- Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson: Physiomesh, Prolene, and Proceed meshes
- Gore: DualMesh and DualMesh Plus
If you are uncertain of the manufacturer that made your implant, talk to your doctor. Whether you decide to seek further treatment or compensation for your damages through legal recourse, you will need to know this information. You will also need this information to check on any current recalls or defect notices that apply to your device.
A defective hernia mesh implant can result in a myriad of health problems.
Some of the most common health problems patients experience after a hernia mesh implant include infection at the site of the implant, recurrence of the hernia, adhesion to or perforation of the organs, and bowel obstructions. All of these effects can result in significant pain for the patient, as well as a need to pursue further medical treatment.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), many hernia mesh injuries are associated with mesh products that have already been recalled. If you suspect your hernia mesh device was implanted after its recall, there is a chance that medical malpractice may also be involved in your injury; medical professionals are required to keep up with and abide by any drug recalls issued by the FDA.
If you have a hernia mesh implant and experience any of the following symptoms, talk to your doctor:
- Pain or discomfort near the site of the hernia
- Signs of infection
- Inability to use the bathroom (i.e. bowel obstruction)
- Hernia recurrence
If you have suffered a hernia mesh injury, you may be eligible to file a product liability claim.
A product liability claim is a type of personal injury lawsuit in which the manufacturer of a product that caused undue harm to a consumer may be held accountable and required to pay compensatory damages. Damages that may be included in a hernia mesh claim range from past, present, and future medical bills, to lost wages, and even compensation for pain and suffering. However, hernia mesh cases can be difficult to pursue without the help of an experienced hernia mesh attorney.
These attorneys know what signs to look for which could indicate a defective implant, and can begin an investigation into the manufacturer to determine if the problem is widespread or specific to your implant. In some cases, litigation against the manufacturer for your model of implant may be ongoing, in which case an attorney can help direct you to the case. If talking to an attorney doesn’t seem feasible, it may help to note that these attorneys generally offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, which means clients don’t pay unless they win.
To learn more about the risks of hernia mesh or for help tracking down the manufacturer of your implant, reach out to a hernia mesh injury attorney.