Hernia Mesh Claims in Washington County, Utah Including St George and Hurricane
Surgical mesh is made of plastic and looks a lot like a window screen. It is used to support damaged tissue around a hernia. Hernias often occur in the abdomen when an organ such as intestines pushes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscle. Surgical mesh is often used to strengthen the tissue at and near the point where the organ pushed through.
According to the FDA, "the most common adverse events following hernia repair with mesh are pain, infection, hernia recurrence, adhesion, and bowel obstruction. Some other potential adverse events that can occur following hernia repair with mesh are mesh migration and mesh shrinkage (contraction)."
If you believe you may have a hernia mesh claim in Washington County, Utah, call attorney Rex Bush at Bush Law Firm, 435-674-6661. We are located at 321 North Mall Drive, Building R, in St. George.
A hernia mesh lawsuit is a legal claim filed against surgical mesh manufacturers by people who suffered serious injuries after their mesh implants failed. The largest hernia mesh lawsuit settlement amount to date is $184 million paid by C.R. Bard to settle roughly 3,000 cases in 2011.
What Are Hernia Mesh Lawsuits?
People who filed hernia mesh lawsuits claim that mesh made by companies failed and led to severe injuries that required surgery to fix.
Patients are suing manufacturers for compensation for damages, including lost wages, medical bills, loss of quality of life and pain and suffering.
Hernia mesh lawsuits claim:
Defective product design
Improper product labeling, failing to warn patients and doctors about the risk of mesh failure and complications
Defective manufacturing of the mesh product
Malpractice committed by the plaintiff’s doctor who implanted the faulty mesh
Status of Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
As of Aug. 15, 2022, there were 24,314 lawsuits pending against Ethicon, Atrium Medical Corp. and Davol Inc./C.R. Bard in federal courts in Georgia, New Hampshire and Ohio. Hundreds more are pending in state courts across the country. The first hernia mesh bellwether trials have been rescheduled multiple times because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first hernia mesh trial in August 2021 resulted in a defense win for C.R. Bard and Davol Inc. The second trial against Bard and Becton Dickinson ended in a $255,000 verdict for plaintiff Antonio Milanesi in April 2022.
You may be able to file a lawsuit if you’ve experienced one or more of the complications listed below and your doctor recommended surgery.
Mesh sticking to organs: Sometimes the implanted hernia mesh can stick to other organs causing pain and problems.
Nerve damage: problems with defective hernia mesh can even cause nerve damage.
Obstruction of the large intestine: The mesh may stick to the intestine or move in the body, sometimes blocking the large intestine.
Infection: Unfortunately, problems around the mesh can lead to infection.
Failure of the hernia mesh: If the mesh causes problems, such as pain and return of the hernia recurrence, it may need to be removed.
Movement of the hernia mesh: Hernia mesh can move from initial surgery site to other parts of the body.
Tears or holes in the tissue of other organs: The hernia mesh can puncture other body parts when it moves.
Fluid buildup: Pockets of fluid accumulation (sometimes referred to as a"seroma") can occur around the location of the surgery.
Return of the Hernia: If the mesh fails it can result in a return of the hernia.
Surgery: One or more surgeries, can be needed to remove the defective mesh.
Another surgery to fix the problem: Depending on how serious the problem is, multiple surgeries may be required to fix the problem. Fixing the problem often means removal of the mesh.
Complications long after the original surgery: Some complications such as pain and return of the hernia may take place years after the original surgery.
Pain in testicles: This can manifest as a burning sensation at or near the location of a surgery where hernia mesh was installed. The burning feeling may be caused by pinched nerves.