We Help People Injured by Hernia Mesh Obtain Compensation for their Losses
Have you experienced complications after hernia repair surgery that involved the use of mesh? Have you experienced pain or decreased quality of life because of defective hernia mesh? Have you needed additional surgeries to repair the damage caused by hernia mesh? If you answered Yes to any of these questions, it is IMPERATIVE that you speak to an attorney as soon as you can, because you may be legally entitled to substantial compensation.
With more than 20 years of experience and thousands of victories under our belts, our team of attorneys will leave no stone unturned to get you the largest possible recovery for your injuries. The lawyers at Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, are dedicated to helping people who were injured by medical devices, including hernia mesh. We are currently investigating cases and working with other superior law offices to file claims on behalf of people throughout the United States.
We know how seriously defective hernia mesh can injure patients and work tirelessly to ensure that our clients get the compensation to which they are entitled. Our firm has battled Big Pharma and medical device companies for years—and we have a proven track record of beating them at their own game. You never pay a DIME unless we are successful in settling your claim. Call us today at 800-898-4877 or click HERE to send us a question or get more information!
What Causes Hernias?
Hernias can come out of nowhere. Hernias are uncomfortably painful, and is an unfortunately common condition that results when part of an organ or other type of tissue protrudes through weak muscles walls. For example, the most common type of hernia is called an inguinal hernia, and happens when part of the intestine or bowel protrudes through weak abdominal muscles near the groin. Research shows that about 27 percent of men will experience a hernia at some point in their lives, as will about 3 percent of women. About 18.5 million people suffered from hernias in 2015 and nearly 60,000 people died as a result.
Some hernias present few or no symptoms, while others can cause pain, discomfort, and a bulging area of the body. Many men with asymptomatic hernias do not need treatment if the hernia doesn’t interfere with their everyday lives. On the other hand, women may experience more complications from untreated hernias, so doctors tend to treat women even if they have no painful symptoms.
Though many patients receive treatments and move on with their lives, in other cases, patients are not so lucky—and treatment for a relatively routine condition can turn into a nightmare!
Hernia Treatment and the Use of Surgical Mesh
Hernias seldom will go away on their own, and are uncomfortably unbearable on a daily basis. For a long time, surgery was the main option for treating hernias—a doctor would go in and put the organ tissue back in place, stitching up the muscle tear. One issue with this treatment was that the stitched muscles could easily tear away from the incision, resulting in a high recurrence of multiple hernias in patients. In the 1980s, companies began producing hernia mesh to aid in surgical treatment and decrease the risk of recurring post-surgery hernias, and such mesh is now used in the large majority of hernia surgeries.
A Hernia mesh looks like a small screen which doctors implant over the repaired muscle or tissue, OR can look like a plug that fills the tissue hole. The screen is supposed to help strengthen the organ wall so that tissue cannot protrude through again. Several different manufacturers make hernia mesh, as well as different types, including absorbable, non-absorbable, composite, synthetic, and animal-derived. <"E354">Each doctor should carefully choose the right type of mesh by depending on the circumstances of each individual patient. Some brands of hernia mesh include:
- Bard Mesh Sheets
- AlloMaxBard Soft Mesh
- MK Patch
- PerFix Plug
- XenMatrix Surgical Graft
- Sepramesh IP Composite
- Prolite Ultra
B. Braun Melsungen, AG
- Dual Mesh
- Gore-Tex Soft Tissue Patch
- FlexHD Structural
- Ultrapure Advanced
- XCM Biologic
- Alloderm Select
While hernia mesh implants CAN increase the prognosis and prevent future hernias, they ALSO can lead to harmful and even LIFE-THREATENING complications. Anyone with a hernia mesh implant should always know the signs of a possibly dangerous complication and see their doctor immediately!
Hernia Mesh and the Link to Serious Complications
Recovery from hernia surgery often goes well, with patients experiencing improved health and quality of life. However, medical researchers have mixed opinions about the success of hernia mesh due to the large number of patients who experience complications and require additional treatments for their injuries.
Serious complications can result:
- The mesh can stick to the intestines and form adhesions
- The body can reject the hernia mesh implant
- The implant could cause an intestinal or bowel blockage
- Fistulas can form, which involve the abnormal connecting of organs
- Chronic infection can strike the implant site, with a potential for sepsis
- The mesh can migrate from its intended position
- The mesh can perforate an organ
- The mesh can shrink and become ineffective, or shifts out of place
- Fluid can build up at the surgical site (a condition known as seroma)
- Serious pain
- Internal bleeding
- Nerve damage
While any complication can cause pain and may require additional medical treatment, some complications put patients at life-threatening risk if they do not receive further surgeries or invasive treatments.
Three of the most severe complications include adhesion or migration of the implant, bowel obstruction, and bowel perforation. Each of these cause serious damage to organs, including tissue death. Many complications can require complete removal of part of the intestines, the bowel and the Hernia Mesh Implant to eradicate the risks. These procedures can cost a lot of money and result in difficult recoveries. Often, patients will have to adjust the rest of their lives to deal with the effects of organ removal.
Some hernia mesh complications can strike years after doctors implant the mesh. Many patients will believe their hernia is repaired and the risks are over—and they may even forget they have hernia mesh altogether! Suddenly, five years later, they are back in the hospital undergoing lifesaving surgery. It’s no question as to why any number of these complications can traumatize patients.
Out of 3,242 hernia mesh recipients in one study, a whopping 1,050 of them required additional abdominal surgeries in the coming years due to mesh complications. That is almost one-third of patients!
All patients with hernia mesh implants must know the signs and symptoms of developing complications, which include:
- Fever of more than 101 degrees
- Excessive pain
- Swelling or bruising
- Difficulty passing stool or gas
- Difficulty urinating
- Redness or tenderness around the incision site
- Drainage from the incision site
- Stiffness throughout the abdominal area
- Nausea and vomiting
- Other symptoms that resemble the flu
Treatment for hernia mesh injuries may include medication and monitoring, though for many complications, another surgery is the ONLY option. This is true for patients with organ perforations, serious bowel obstructions, and similar harsh effects of hernia mesh.
DO NOT mistake these symptoms for those of other less-severe medical conditions, such as the flu or stomach viruses. If you experience ANY unusual symptoms after a hernia mesh implant, NEVER hesitate to call your doctor. Furthermore, if you have suffered complications from a hernia mesh—even years after the implantation—exercise your legal rights. Don’t hesitate to call us, and speak with an experienced member of our legal team today to discuss how you should proceed.
If You Were Injured by Hernia Mesh, And Your Potential For Compensation
Extensive losses from an unexpected hernia mesh complication can require emergency treatments, including hospitalizations and additional surgeries. Recovery from these surgeries can take a long time and require you to stay home from work, missing regular activities. Some patients are permanently disfigured due to the removal of part of the organs effected by the hernia mesh.
Some commonly cited losses in hernia mesh injury cases include:
Medical expenses for emergency room visits, hospitalizations, surgical procedures, post-operative care, medications, follow-up appointments, and more.
- The costs of ongoing medical care required to continually treat your injuries.
- Lost income from taking time off work due to pain, hospitalizations, and surgical recovery.
- Future lost income if you lose your job or must quit your job due to your injuries.
- Physical pain and suffering caused by complications or subsequent surgeries and recovery.
- Mental trauma from suffering unexpected and severe medical issues.
- Permanent disfigurement and scars.
Patients should hold hernia mesh manufacturers liable for ALL of their injury-related losses. In many cases, the losses can overwhelm them. Companies need to compensate all injured patients, and be held liable for selling potentially dangerous or defective products.
Thousands of lawsuits have already been to the courts defending those injuried by their hernia mesh. In the most recent round of cases, and due to the amount of cases, hundreds of claims were consolidated into two multidistrict litigation (MDL) cases, also known as Mass Tort Cases. People who suffered injuries can join these mass tort cases to pursue claims against negligent medical companies.
MDL cases are substantially different than regular personal injury cases in state court. You NEED the right legal team standing beside you so that you have the best chance of receiving full compensation for your injuries.
How Much Is Your Hernia Mesh Claim Worth?
The first question that many hernia mesh victims ask us is how much they are may to recover for their injuries. While we would love to tell every client we represent exactly how much to the dollar they will ultimately recover, it is simply impossible to know how much a case is worth until the case settles or a judgment is entered.
Several factors affect how much compensation you will recover for your hernia injuries, some of which include:
- The severity of your complications
- Whether you needed to have additional corrective surgeries
- Your age
- Your occupation
- Whether the medical device manufacturer committed any misconduct
Our lawyers work with skilled mass tort attorneys who understand how to analyze all of the effects of your hernia mesh injuries. We may examine many factors, including your past and future expenses, physical and mental suffering, and much more.
Too often, large medical corporations try to take advantage of the very patients THEY INJURED. They hope that patients will accept less compensation than they deserve so the companies can keep more profits from their defective products. They have insurance companies and legal teams ready to fight for the corporation—this means that they are AGAINST you and your injuries!
The good news is that help is available. Stewart J. Guss’s legal team is committed to standing up for you and other injured patients against these corporate giants who put your life in danger. The process of seeking compensation is not always easy, but we have the skills and experience to handle every step of your case and relieve stress from your and your family.
Our Hernia Mesh Injury Lawyers Can Assist You
Hernia mesh injuries can threaten your life. One moment, you think you have repaired a hernia problem, and suddenly you feel serious pain and need another risky surgery!
Hernia mesh injuries can disrupt every aspect of your life, including your job, your physical abilities, your family and household, and even whether you can enjoy your life as usual.
Hernia mesh injuries are more common than you may think—and all patients should know that they’re NOT ALONE. Not only do many other plaintiffs suffer from similar injuries, but you can also relax knowing that the hernia mesh lawyers at and with Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, are here to help clients like you! We know how to represent clients in complicated medical device cases and we fully believe in your rights to financial recovery.
If you sustained injuries from hernia mesh, timing is an issue. Don’t delay in calling us at 800-898-4877, or contact us online to schedule your free consultation today!