Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

Patients who have been implanted with hernia mesh and subsequently suffered complications have filed lawsuits against the various manufacturers for design defects, manufacturing defects, negligence, and failure to warn patients and their doctors of known problems. The lawsuits request compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical costs.

If you are concerned that your hernia mesh has failed, that you have suffered injury because of failed hernia mesh, or have any questions about your mesh implant, contact attorney Marilyn McGoldrick at 1-(866) 469-6374, or tell us your story HERE. The consultation is free and completely confidential.  The time limits for filing claims hernia mesh manufacturers and distributors are short and strictly enforced. Call now for a consultation with an attorney with years of experience litigating hernia mesh cases.

What is a Hernia?

A hernia occurs when a piece of tissue that should be inside the body begins to protrude outside the body. Hernias can be caused by a weakness in a part of the body, by overexertion, or because of certain medical conditions, like obesity.  Common hernia sites include at the bellybutton (umbilical), inner groin (inguinal), outer groin or thigh (femoral), the diaphragm or upper stomach (hiatal) or at a surgical or incision site (ventral). Each type of hernia requires medical intervention to put, and hold, the protruding tissue back where it should be.

What is Hernia Mesh?

Surgeries to repair hernias often involve hernia mesh, a piece of material that is placed to hold the protruding tissue in place. Hernia mesh sometimes comes in what is called a plug, shaped like a little umbrella, or in larger sheets. Mesh can be woven or unwoven. It can be inserted using a laparascopic method, or in a traditional surgical manner using a large incision. Hernia mesh can be made out of synthetic materials, or actual tissue (from humans, pigs, or cows).

Do I Have A Hernia Mesh Lawsuit?

Synthetic hernia mesh is the basis of most hernia mesh lawsuits. There are many ways in which hernia mesh can be defective. It can migrate, erode, shrink or contract, harden, fold, extrude, fail to adhere to the hernia site or the abdominal wall, obstruct the bowel, or perforate an organ. 

Have Any Hernia Meshes Been Recalled?

Yes.

C-QUR Mesh was recalled by Atrium in 2013. More than 145,000 units were recalled for packaging problems.  In 2015, when the problems were not resolved by Atrium, the court issued a permanent injunction stopping the distribution of all products, except those not deemed medically necessary.  The product is still on the market.

Physiomesh was recalled by Ethicon (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) in 2016. The product had a higher rate of failure and risk of revision surgery compared with other hernia mesh products.

There are several other hernia mesh products on the market that are the subject of litigation.  Synthetic hernia mesh continues to be used in hernia repair surgeries.

What are the symptoms of hernia mesh failure?

  • Infection
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Heat, soreness around surgery site
  • Severe, chronic pain
  • Allergic reactions
  • Cramping
  • Protrusion of mesh
  • Lump near surgery site
  • Bloating 
  • Inability to pass stool
  • Hernia recurrence

What complications can hernia mesh cause?

  • Internal injuries
  • Mesh adhesion
  • Mesh failure
  • Allergic reactions
  • Rejection
  • Organ perforation

Revision surgery

Seek medical attention immediately if you believe your hernia mesh implant is causing you problems. If your original hernia mesh has failed, revision surgery may be required. It can be more complicated than the original surgery, because the hernia mesh must be dealt with as well as the hernia, and it may have eroded, migrated, perforated a nearby organ, become infected, or your body may have rejected the mesh entirely. The first step in evaluating your claim, is obtaining the necessary medical records.

Trust Our Hernia Mesh Attorneys to Help

Thornton Law Firm litigates hernia mesh lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of defective hernia mesh throughout the country. 

If you are concerned that your hernia mesh has failed, that you have suffered injury because of failed hernia mesh, or have any questions about your mesh implant, contact attorney Marilyn McGoldrick at 1-(866) 469-6374, or tell us your story HERE. The consultation is free and completely confidential.  The time limits for filing claims hernia mesh manufacturers and distributors are short and strictly enforced. Call now for a consultation with an attorney with years of experience litigating hernia mesh cases.

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