If you suffered complications following a hernia repair procedure that utilized surgical mesh, you may be able to sue for compensation. Over the last decade, thousands of people have taken legal action against surgical mesh manufacturers through hernia mesh lawsuits. Many of these suits have been consolidated into a mass tort, also known as multidistrict litigation (MDL).
As of August 2021, several mass torts against manufacturers are currently in progress. You may be able to join those seeking compensation. Anastopoulo Law Firm provides free consultations where you can learn more about how these cases work and if you qualify to join an MDL or pursue damages in another way.
What Types of Compensation Are Recoverable in a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit?
When you file a lawsuit based on a dangerous or defective medical device such as hernia mesh, you may be able to hold the device manufacturer responsible and recover compensation for the expenses and losses you incurred.
If we manage your case, our team of attorneys will calculate the recoverable damages during our investigation. Some common examples include:
- Related medical treatment for the complications you suffered
- Prescription drug costs
- Any future necessary medical care for your complications
- Lost income from the time you missed at work
- Diminished earning capacity if you have lasting impairments
- Pain and suffering damages
- Other intangible losses
- Wrongful death damages for the surviving family of victims who passed away
In some cases, punitive damages may also be available, though these are not compensatory. Instead of covering your expenses incurred, they penalize the mesh manufacturer for creating, selling, and profiting from a dangerous or defective product. They are not available in every case but are more common with defective product verdicts.
How Anastopoulo Law Firm Helps Victims of Hernia Mesh Complications
Our team of class action and mass tort attorneys understand how confusing it can be to learn that you may have suffered preventable injuries because of a dangerous medical device. You trust your doctor, pharmaceutical companies, and others in the industry to take care of you. Unfortunately, this is not always what happens.
This is where our team comes in. We have 25+ years of legal experience with injury cases, including cases against large corporations that produced dangerous products. We have recovered millions in damages for our clients, and you could be next.
Our firm offers free case consultations from our offices in North and South Carolina and represents our clients based on contingency. When we manage an insurance claim or lawsuit, we:
- Assess the case and the victim’s qualifications for free
- Never ask for upfront payments
- Use our financial resources to investigate and develop each case
- File the claim and sue the at-fault party if necessary
- Ensure our clients know what to expect along the way
- Protect their rights and best interests
- Seek fair and just compensation for them
- Get paid only out of the settlement or award we recover, never from the client’s bank account
- Do not get paid unless we recover money damages for our client
What Is Hernia Mesh, and How does It Cause Complications?
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), surgical mesh is frequently used to repair hernia injuries. Surgeons use mesh implants to cover the hole and secure it in place. It should serve as a framework while the body heals and effectively “patch” the hernia. However, there are concerns about the high rate of complications with some types of mesh.
Potential Complications from Hernia Mesh
Hernia mesh patches can fail in several ways, such as by:
- Allowing the hole to reopen
- Coming loose
Some people who undergo hernia repair with a mesh patch require additional surgeries and treatment after developing symptoms that include:
- Chronic pain
- Swelling and inflammation in the area
- Signs of infection such as fever and generally feeling bad
Other complications some people report after a mesh hernia repair include:
- Adhesions to nearby organs
- Mesh migration and organ damage
- Bacterial infection
- Hernia recurrence
Treating Hernia Mesh Complications
In some cases, revision surgery may be necessary. This is generally much more invasive than the initial hernia repair. It may be required when:
- There is a reherniation.
- The doctor must clean out the infected tissue to prevent further illness.
- There is a serious obstruction or adhesion.
These follow-up surgeries can cause significant time away from work, in addition to pain, suffering, and short-term disability. Some people may suffer chronic pain or other ongoing medical concerns related to hernia mesh complications.
Several Mass Torts Against Hernia Mesh Manufacturers Are Already Underway
If you believe you suffered preventable injuries because of dangerous or defective hernia mesh, we encourage you to act as soon as you can. According to an August 13 report from the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML), there are three MDLs currently underway related to dangerous or defective hernia mesh:
- MDL 2846: Davol, Inc./C.R. Bard, Inc., Polypropylene Hernia Mesh Products Liability Litigation, which includes almost 14,000 plaintiffs
- MDL 2782: Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh Products Liability Litigation, with more than 3,000 plaintiffs
- MDL 2753: Atrium Medical Corp. C-Qur Mesh Products Liability Litigation, which includes almost 3,000 lawsuits
You will need to act quickly to join one of these MDLs. Let us go to work on developing your case and determine which MDL you may qualify to join or if you need to pursue another lawsuit against a manufacturer not yet facing a mass tort. We can explore your options with you during your initial consultation.
Call to Speak with a Team Member About Your Legal Options Today
At Anastopoulo Law Firm, we serve clients throughout North and South Carolina. Our team will discuss your hernia mesh complications, your current and future medical needs, and how this affects your everyday life. Then, we can determine your legal options and work through them to help you decide what to do next.
Call (800) 313-2546 today to talk with us about your potential lawsuit for free. Our consultations are complimentary and confidential.