Hernia Mesh Product Defect Attorney
Most types of hernia medical repairs involve surgical mesh. In addition to hernias, surgical mesh is used for supporting prolapsed organs and pelvic or vaginal wall reconstruction. Unfortunately, certain hernia mesh types have been found to be defective. Some of these recalled brands have even been shown to increase risks of post-surgical hernia complications.
When a patient suffers due to the failure of a defective medical device, the public has a right to hold the manufacturer liable in court.
If you or a loved one underwent a hernia surgery that resulted in complications linked to certain recalled hernia meshes, you could be entitled to a hernia mesh settlement. As of 2021, multiple hernia mesh lawsuits are pending against several major surgical mesh manufacturers.
With the assistance of a hernia mesh lawyer, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries and medical bills, not to mention pain and suffering. At Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys, our legal team will arrange a free consultation to help determine if you may be eligible. Contact a surgical mesh attorney today for details.
What Is a Hernia?
A hernia occurs when part of an organ pushes through a wall of muscle or other tissue that normally holds it in place. Hernias can also occur when an organ becomes displaced. Common examples of hernias include abdominal wall hernias and hernias of the diaphragm.
Abdominal hernias usually occur when the small intestine, muscle tissue or belly button (umbilicus) pushes through a weakened area of the abdominal wall. Diaphragm hernias occur when part of the stomach or esophagus push through the diaphragm into the chest cavity. No matter what type of hernia a person has, symptoms can cause extreme pain, chronic health conditions, abdominal masses, and swelling.
Most types of hernia will require surgical treatment. In addition, most surgeons will patch the torn area with hernia mesh because it is a pliable medical material designed to reduce complications. Oftentimes, medical mesh products are made from synthetic or animal-derived materials.
What Are the Risks Associated with Hernia Mesh?
Although some surgical mesh is meant to dissolve over time, many hernia mesh products inserted during surgery are supposed to be permanent. This makes product safety a high priority for hernia mesh manufacturers in order to reduce any risk of complications.
However, as history illustrates, manufacturers do not always produce safe medical products. Their neglect can then result in a patient suffering prolonged emotional and physical trauma from additional treatments and surgeries needed to remove and/or replace a defective mesh product.
Furthermore, additional medical care and treatments often equate to higher medical bills and longer periods of recovery.
What Are Post-Surgery Hernia Mesh Complications?
There are many things that can go wrong with treating hernias using surgical mesh. For instance, if the mesh is defective or used improperly, additional surgeries may be required. The following are common post-surgery complications of hernia mesh:
- Pain and discomfort in the area where the hernia mesh was used
- Mesh migration (the implant moves to a different area of the body)
- Mesh rejection (the body does not accept the implant and tries to fight it)
- Intestinal obstruction
- Internal bleeding
- Holes in neighboring tissues or organs
- Fluid buildup at the surgical site
- Infection at the surgical site
- Hernia recurrence
The majority of the issues above require additional surgery to resolve the complications. In the case of defective mesh, the surgeries are highly preventable. Instead of helping a patient heal, defective hernia mesh can lead to additional sickness.
An experienced hernia mesh lawyer can investigate your case to find out if you’re entitled to a hernia mesh settlement. Let us fight for you in court while you focus on your health.
How Can a Surgical Mesh Lawyer Help?
Before pursuing a hernia mesh settlement, it’s important to determine what really caused your surgical mesh complications and injuries. While defective mesh could very well be the culprit, you must rule out other causes, including the possibility of medical malpractice if your doctor or surgeon acted negligently in the course of your surgery or treatment.
A hernia mesh product defect lawyer can help injured patients determine whether they’re entitled to a hernia mesh settlement. If a mesh product used in your surgery was found faulty, you may be able to hold the manufacturer responsible for your medical bills and other damages. Call or chat with us now to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.