If you or someone you love was injured from a hernia mesh implant, then you may be able to file a hernia mesh lawsuit to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Hernia Mesh Facts
According to Mayo Clinic, a hernia is an internal injury where fatty tissue or organs poke through the muscles, causing pain and swelling. Some symptoms of hernias include the following.
- Bulges and bumps on your body
- Pain when bending over or coughing
- Burning or aching around the bump
- Discoloration of the hernia bulge
- Digestive issues
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, talk with your doctor about the possibility of you having a hernia. Although not all hernias are dangerous, they can cause “life-threatening complications” such as strangulated hernias, so doctors often recommend surgery to fix them. This is where surgical mesh comes in.
What Hernia Mesh Is
Hernia mesh, also known as surgical mesh, is a kind of medical device that supports the damaged tissue around hernias as they heal. Hernia mesh is meant to aid recovery from hernia surgery and prevent hernia recurrences. However, this mesh has also been linked to dangerous complications.
There are several kinds of hernia mesh; patches, plugs, and sheets. Some mesh can be absorbed into the body, while others are meant to be permanent. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), hernia repair surgery can be done laparoscopically and by the traditional open repair method. Either way, if the mesh is defective, it can result in serious complications and injuries.
Injuries Caused by Hernia Mesh
The FDA states that the most common complications from hernia repair surgery with mesh are as follows.
- Bowel obstruction
- Mesh migration
- Mesh shrinkage
The FDA notes that these serious complications are usually related to now recalled hernia mesh products, but even if those defective products are not currently available, many people may still have them. Visit FDA’s website, talk with your doctor, or speak with a lawyer to determine if your hernia mesh implant is one of these defective, recalled medical devices.
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Filing a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
Due to the dangerous nature of hernia mesh implants, you may be able to hold the manufacturer accountable based on the concept of product liability. If you require additional surgeries due to your hernia mesh, you may be able to recover compensation to cover this (as well as your pain and suffering). Class actions are ongoing. Contact a lawyer to help you determine if you qualify for a hernia mesh lawsuit.
In addition to the manufacturer who made the defective medical product, you can also potentially file suit against other parties whose negligence led to your injury. If your injury was caused by your surgeon, doctor, or hospital, you might have a viable case for damages. Your lawyer can investigate all of the circumstances surrounding your injury to determine all potentially liable parties.
The Statute of Limitations
You might only have a few years from the time of your injury in which to file a lawsuit to recover damages. However, this time limit may not be as straightforward as it initially seems.
Your time window in which to bring a lawsuit is dependent on a variety of factors, including when you became aware of your injuries. Because of this, you may still be able to file a lawsuit (even if you got your hernia mesh implanted many years ago).
A hernia mesh lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins can evaluate your case to see if you still have time for a lawsuit in your specific situation. Since the clock is ticking, the sooner you reach out, the better.
Bring in the Strong Arm to Fight for You
At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, we are known as the Strong Arm our clients can lean on when they need it most. Our personal injury lawyers are committed to advocating for injured clients. To learn more about our firm and whether you can file a hernia mesh lawsuit, call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at (877) 239-4878.