Lawsuits against hernia mesh devices (a product used to treat hernia and manufactured by Bard Davol, Ethicon, and Atrium) claim that the device is the reason for many patients to have multiple surgeries. The device caused serious injuries and complications to the patients after its implantation and they have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers. The number of lawsuits against hernia mesh is increasing day by day. There were 14,900 lawsuits filed till October last year in multidistrict courts that are still waiting to go for the trial.
Hernia mesh failure symptoms and signs
Defective mesh that has cause complications in patients make them eligible to claim a reimbursement for the injuries they have sustained. Patients undergoing hernia reconstruction surgery with a mesh implant should really be mindful of the signs and symptoms that normally suggest a faulty mesh implant.
However, there are a variety of symptoms and signs that typically follow specific injuries.
Most common symptoms and signs of a defective mesh product
The signs and symptoms of faulty mesh devices are similar to those of many other diseases and medical conditions. This is why hernia mesh defects go untreated for a long time because the patient does not know the symptoms are linked to the faulty device – they believe the symptoms are caused by another disease.
For instance, if you have a fever, you might believe it is caused by a virus. For a while, medications may help and hide the fever, and you might just disregard it. But the fever will keep on coming back. Perhaps you ignore it for a bit until the fever skyrockets, at which point you become concerned. Since all potential options have been exhausted, the hernia mesh implant can be considered as a possible cause of the fever. However, by then, the infection may have progressed to the point where further complications occur.
The common signs and symptoms of a faulty or ripped hernia mesh implant are as follows:
- chronic infection
- difficulty urinating
- erectile dysfunction
Is one symptom or indication suggestive of a faulty hernia mesh product?
Most of the time, no. While one indication or symptom does not generally represent a faulty hernia mesh device, you can also check with your doctor if you have either of the above symptoms. In most cases, symptoms and signs of complications due to faulty hernia mesh devices are followed by two or more two symptoms.
According to the FDA, the following signs and symptoms may be experienced by a patient due to a faulty mesh:
- Recurrence: Hernia recurrence brings along infection, nausea, and difficulty when you go the bathroom, and vomiting.
- Infection: This can include chills, fever, swelling, vomiting, and pain.
- Obstruction: Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, failure to empty the bladder completely, and/or swollen or bloated face are all symptoms of intestinal obstruction.
- Adhesion: Adhesions can cause chronic pain and, if left untreated for an extended period of time may cause fever, swelling, and vomiting.
The best lawyer for a hernia mesh lawsuit
Hernia mesh devices have been used for many years in the United States. The injuries due to these devices have caused patients to file lawsuits. If you have been suffering from hernia mesh device injuries or the damages are done because of the hernia plug or patch, then you may be eligible to get financial compensation against your sufferings. But for this, you have to take the help of an experienced and skilled hernia mesh lawyer, who can evaluate your possible claim while protecting your legal rights.
The average settlement for hernia mesh lawsuit
Hernia mesh lawsuit settlements have not been publicly announced yet. Plaintiffs are still filing lawsuits, where the three trial dates for Ethicon physiomesh have been scheduled. The first trial happened in November 2020, and the second one happens in February 2021, and the third is scheduled for May 2021. The lawsuits are expected to take two to three weeks to be resolved according to Judge Richard W. Story.
The trial for the Atrium C-QUR is now scheduled for January 2021. Initially, the date of the lawsuit trial was 2020, but Atrium filed the motion to reschedule it and take the trial till January 2021, because of the coronavirus pandemic issues. For the Bard Davol trials, no trial dates have been set yet. But for the lawsuits that were settled earlier by Bard Davol, the organization had paid $184 million to settle hernia mesh litigations back in 2011.
The damages you can be compensated with the help of a hernia mesh lawyer include:
- Lost wages payment
- Medical bills payment
- Suffering compensation for the past, present, and future losses
- Compensation for further surgeries taken in the future
LAWSUITS BEING FILED
Yes, plaintiffs are continuously filing lawsuits against the Ethicon physiomesh, Atrium C-QUR, and Bard Davol. The damage that hernia mesh has done to the plaintiffs is bigger than it has to be filled by a lawsuit.
Lawsuits may resolve within three years. Depending on the circumstances of the damage, it may also take less than a year to resolve.
If hernia mesh lawsuits will be settled in the future, which are waiting for the trials, then the plaintiff’s expectedly get the compensation of $500,000 to $1,000,000 that also depends on the damage.
Hernia mesh remains in the body forever as it is said to be a permanent implant.
After the surgery for hernia mesh, patients have reportedly shown the symptoms of organ perforation and severe abdominal pain.