Maybe you have been browsing the internet after watching a lot of commercials about hernia mesh lawsuits seeking to understand more about them.
Simply put, a hernia is a condition where a section of inner tissue pushes past a flesh opening that is meant to hold the said tissue. As expected, this can cause a lot of pain. Hernias are caused by many different things, like weakness in specific body parts (such as muscle weakness), lifestyle causes (for instance, obesity), or overexertion such as lifting heavy objects. The most popular kinds of hernias happen in the; internal groin (inguinal), belly button (umbilical), outer groin/thigh (femoral), incision point (ventral), or diaphragm/upper stomach (hiatal). Therefore, hernias are quite common regardless of specific characteristics.
Sadly, a hernia does not automatically heal and one of the ways to treat the condition is through surgery, including a hernia mesh. These operations can be laparoscopic where surgical tools are poked through tiny incisions or open ones which are normally traditional surgeries featuring a large incision. The hernia mesh is primarily a small netting, typically in a plug or a sheet, which is utilized to give extra support to the damaged or weakened area. The mesh applied can either be actual tissue from humans, cows or pigs or it can be synthetic, with several plastic threads that resemble fine fish string that are put together to create a mesh.
The highly-publicized suits relate to synthetic hernia mesh. These cases have been lodged across the country and argue that various kinds of hernia mesh were faulty. When these defects were reported to the FDA, the manufacturers recalled some hernia meshes from the market. The lawsuits argue that these manufacturers of hernia mesh were aware of the defects but failed to warn patients and their physicians.
The lawsuits detail the various kinds of faults of these defective hernia mesh products such as migrating, failing, balling up, or simply failing to integrate properly with the body. The injuries caused as outlined in these cases include; infection, pain, scar tissue (adhesion), hernia recurrence, blockage/obstruction in the intestines, unusual connection between vessels, intestines (fistula), or body organs, bleeding, fluid accumulation at the point of surgery (seroma), and perforation (a hole in adjacent organs or tissues). These complications forced the claimants to undergo a revision – an additional surgery to correct the faulty mesh – or a revision was recommended but could not be done due to other health conditions.
Typically, to be eligible for inclusion in a consolidated hernia mesh claim, you must have undergone or been advised that you require revision surgery due to any of these kinds of faulty hernia meshes. The challenge is that no one knows the kind of hernia mesh that was implanted in their body during surgery. To come up with this information, you first have to retrieve a copy of your medical file concerning your implant surgery. You can request for help from the hospital where your surgery happened or from your surgeon, or you can hire a law firm to assist you with that. Once you discover your implanted hernia mesh is one of those listed above and need/needed a revision, then you can decide if you are eligible and want to participate in the continuing hernia mesh cases.
One final detail. If you are considering a potential hernia mesh claim, you need to pursue the issue now, instead of waiting for a later date. In various states across the country, there are various statutes of limitation and deadlines that can prevent you from filing if you are time-barred. Contact us today to learn more.