If you have developed complications after undergoing surgery for a hernia mesh, you should immediately schedule a consultation with your physician to determine if the mesh is responsible for causing your issues. After a thorough review of adverse event reports and peer-reviewed literature, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that hernia mesh can cause several issues to arise, some of which may warrant legal action on your part.
According to the FDA, hernia mesh may not only cause you to experience pain and infection, but it can also lead to hernia recurrence, adhesion, and even intestinal obstruction. In fact, due to the risks associated with having certain types of hernia mesh implanted, the FDA has issued recalls for certain brands. If your hernia mesh was recalled because it was deemed unsafe and hazardous to your health, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the product’s manufacturer.
Why Hernia Mesh Is Still Used Today
Hernia mesh has been used for decades in hernia repair surgeries, and some doctors still suggest that repairing a hernia with mesh can reduce the chances of hernia recurrence. Although the FDA says that most of the defective meshes that led to complications have been recalled, meaning they are no longer available for use, repairing a hernia with mesh still carries some level of risk.
According to Dr. Andrew T. Bates, director of the Stony Brook Comprehensive Hernia Center, hernia meshes are considered foreign bodies, which means they can become infected. According to Bates, if the mesh becomes contaminated during or after surgery, it can cause an infection to develop. If this happens, an individual could experience other health issues due to the infection and may even be required to undergo a second surgery to remove the mesh.
Despite the risks associated with having mesh implanted, it is still being used in many hernia repair surgeries.
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Steps to Take if Your Hernia Mesh Is Responsible for Your Health Complications
If your physician links your health complications to your hernia mesh, you should contact a lawyer for legal advice. If your physician has not been able to make a direct link between your health conditions and the medical device, but you continue to experience some of the same complications identified by the FDA, it is still a good idea to contact an attorney.
A lawyer with our firm can enlist the help of medical professionals who can determine if your mesh is responsible for your declining health.
If you think you have a case, start writing down the details of the following:
- The quality and severity of any pain you are experiencing
- Any doctor’s or hospital visits you make related to your condition
- How your pain interferes with your lifestyle and ability to work
If you have a hernia mesh, you should gather all receipts and bills for the medical care you have already received to address issues you experienced that could be linked back to your hernia mesh. These will be useful if you have a valid case against the medical device manufacturer or the facility where the surgery was performed and are looking to recover compensation to help you cover these medical costs.
Damages that May Be Awarded in a Hernia Mesh Case
Hernia meshes have not only left some individuals suffering from pain and discomfort, but they have also resulted in many people having to undergo multiple surgeries to repair the damage the mesh has caused. Such surgeries are painful, inconvenient, and costly.
Because certain hernia mesh companies created a medical device that was either defective or contained a flaw in its design, many of those who have been injured by their hernia meshes have chosen to come forward with a lawsuit.
And if your hernia mesh is responsible for your health issues, you may be entitled to recover the following damages, given they apply to your case:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Medical expenses, both past, and future
- Mental anguish
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Call a Lawyer if Your Hernia Mesh Has Caused You to Suffer in Any Way
If you have a hernia mesh that has caused you to suffer an injury or has led to pain, a bowel obstruction, or additional surgical procedures to correct issues the mesh caused, contact Loncar Lyon Jenkins at (800) 777-7777 today. We work to protect the rights of those who have been injured by a defective or dangerous product and will fight for the justice you deserve.