You should consider filing a hernia mesh lawsuit claim if your hernia mesh has led to complications or required you to undergo one or more surgical procedures to repair the damage the medical device caused. Although all types of surgical procedures carry some level of risk, you may be able to hold the maker of your medical device financially liable if any of the following circumstances exist:
- No one informed you of the dangers associated with having the mesh implanted.
- The hernia mesh was defective or hazardous to your health.
- The medical device contained a flaw in its design.
It can be challenging to determine if an individual has the grounds to file a lawsuit against another party, such as a medical device manufacturer. A hernia mesh lawyer can assess your case to determine if you have a valid reason for filing a hernia mesh lawsuit.
Types of Hernia Mesh Complications That May Warrant a Lawsuit
Although hernia mesh has been regarded as a safe form of treatment to repair hernias, it appears certain types of mesh can cause an individual to experience complications that can become life-threatening. To correct the issues these medical devices can cause, some individuals have had to undergo multiple surgical procedures to either remove the mesh or to correct an adverse condition or reaction caused by the mesh.
Some of the complications the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) have been able to link to hernia repair with a surgical mesh include:
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When foreign material such as a hernia mesh is introduced to the body, it will trigger a response. The body may try and destroy it, tolerate it, or reject it. When the body rejects a hernia mesh, it can lead to inflammation, which can cause pain. You might also experience pain if your hernia mesh moves out of place, begins to erode, or becomes stuck to a nearby organ, preventing it from performing its normal function.
The Cleveland Clinic also says you may feel pain after having a hernia repaired with surgical mesh if a nerve gets caught in the mesh. Because the abdomen has three major nerves that run through it, it is not uncommon for an individual to experience chronic pain if a nerve becomes stuck in the mesh.
Another complication that has been linked to hernia mesh in addition to pain is the development of infections. For instance, certain surgical meshes such as those formed by multifilament yarns can harbor infectious matter like bacteria, increasing erosion rates by up to 30%. Certain areas of the yarns might become breeding grounds for bacteria, also leading to an infection.
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Hernia recurrence is a complication that could arise with or without the use of surgical mesh. If the mesh moves or erodes, it is no longer acting as a reinforcement to the weakened tissues where the hernia initially developed. Without the mesh serving its intended purpose, there is a chance you might experience hernia recurrence, which is when tissue bulges out of the weakened part of the abdominal wall.
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Adhesion is yet another complication that is linked to hernia mesh. Sometimes, after a patient undergoes hernia repair surgery, other tissues can adhere to the mesh, leading to other issues.
If a hernia mesh moves or causes other tissue to adhere to it, it could lead to bowel obstruction. According to Harvard Health Publishing, bowel obstruction is when the intestines become blocked, preventing contents from passing through the digestive tract as they usually would. Some of the symptoms Harvard Health Publishing says are associated with bowel obstruction include:
- Abdominal cramping
- Abdominal pain
Due to the complications individuals experienced as a result of having a hernia mesh implanted, the FDA has issued recalls for certain types of hernia meshes. If you think the hernia mesh you had implanted is a part of any of the recalls the FDA issued, an attorney can help you decide whether you should consider filing a hernia mesh lawsuit claim.
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Hernia mesh cases are some of the more complex types of personal injury cases circulating courtrooms today, as they require a lawyer to devote a significant amount of time and effort to the case and conduct their research. Some cases may also require a lawyer to call in certain professionals who can review medical records and prove it was, in fact, the mesh that was responsible for causing you to experience pain and suffering.
If you suffered any adverse conditions after having a hernia mesh implanted, whether the complications arose a few months or even a few years later, contact Loncar Lyon Jenkins at (800) 777-7777 for a case evaluation.
Our firm can review the details of your matter, decide if you have a valid case against the makers of your hernia mesh lawsuit.