Hernia Mesh Patch Lawsuits in 2018 – Filing Window Still Open
It is estimated that up to a million hernia mesh surgeries are performed in the country each year. These are ostensibly done to push back into the body tissue that may have gotten outside of its cavity by breaking through muscular tissue. Hernias happen when a person overexerts themselves, such as in the case of lifting a heavy object by reaching down to pick it up, as a result of a car accident, or in some cases, due to some idiopathic weakness in a person’s abdominal wall. Hernia meshes may be permanent or temporary, and may be removed once the surgical area has closed back up satisfactorily.
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How and Where Do Hernias Occur?
Hernias can occur in multiple places, not just in the abdominal area. Hernias can happen at the site of a previous surgery, near one’s groin, and even in the thigh area. Hernia meshes are made of special plastic material which restricts tissue movement without causing any kind of trauma to your insides. Hernia surgeries have been carried out for over 70 years, and they are said to have a 95 percent success rate.
FDA Hernia Mesh Recall – Kugel Mesh Patches
The FDA requires that all hernia mesh devices undergo rigorous testing before they are launched into the market. In fact, these devices, given their size, are implanted into humans as part of medical trials to see how they hold up. They are also compared to a similar product in the market to see how they perform before they are given final clearance. However, it seems that certain current hernia devices missed the mark even after undergoing extensive, but inadequate testing.
Kugel mesh patches, made by Davol Inc., a C.R. Bard subsidiary, was shown to break via a special ring which springs open and lies flat during the surgery, thereby closing off the herniated area. The breakage of this ring caused multiple health complications, and the case settled for $128 million a few years ago.
Some of the hernia mesh complications individuals experience include:
- Bowel obstruction or paralysis
- Abdominal pain and tenderness
- Intestinal wall perforation
- Ring migration
- Formation of abdominal abscesses
- Autoimmune disorders
- Achy joints as well as pain
- Abnormal and unexplained sweating
- Fluid-filled capsules forming around the mesh
- Fistula formation
- Collection of abdominal fluid
- Internal and external fistulas
Symptoms of Hernia Mesh Problems
If you had a hernia mesh installed and experience nausea, diarrhea, abdominal distention, and fever, see a doctor immediately as these could be signs of hernia mesh failure which may take a turn for the worse in just a few short days or weeks.
Past Mesh Recall Events – The Numbers
The Kugel mesh recall happened in 2007 when the FDA required that over 100,000 of these units be sent back to the manufacturer. In addition, 34 reports involving ring disintegration were filed, and 21 individuals came forward citing serious injuries.
It is estimated that the Kugel mesh patches featured in 750,000 hernia repair operations every year. It is alleged that the manufacturer was aware of the inherent flaw in their devices, but failed to warn physicians as well as patients, opening the company up to liability via product liability law, a subsection of personal injury law.
Hernia Mesh Settlement Amounts
One of the most common questions we get from clients in these kinds of mesh lawsuits in 2018 is – “how much is my hernia mesh case worth?” This is a complicated question as no two cases are alike, but it is not uncommon for plaintiff to receive anywhere from $50,000 to $70,000 as compensation for the injuries they sustained.
However, in order to fully answer this question, we will look at various factors such as:
- What is the level of your injuries? You may have required multiple surgeries to correct damage, and you may have had to stay in hospital for an extended amount of time. If so, your payout will be higher in comparison with, say, an individual who had one surgery and was an outpatient case.
- Did you lose out on wages? If you had to stay home for weeks or months to recover, thereby forfeiting your pay, and if you can no longer return to your previous position at work, you will receive a higher payout since lost wages makes up part of your compensation.
- What were your medical bills? We will consolidate all your medical bills, from hospital bills, surgery costs, doctor’s visits, diagnostic tests and the cost of rehabilitation or home care if needed.
When it comes to hernia mesh lawsuit settlements in 2017 and 2018, you may eligible for compensatory damages, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of consortium, and punitive damages and so much more.
Hernia Mesh Lawsuits – Here To Help You Get Compensated
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