To date, thousands of lawsuits related to defective hernia mesh implants have been filed in courts across the country. These suits claim that defective surgical implant devices were the cause of chronic pain, serious infections, obstructed bowels, perforated abdomen lining, and the development of adhesions. Some plaintiffs’ injuries were severe enough that they needed further surgeries to correct these issues.
The defendants in these lawsuits include, but are not limited to, Ethicon, C.R. Bard, and Atrium. The plaintiffs in these cases allege that the hernia mesh and patch implants were defectively designed which caused them to malfunction after being implanted in hernia repair surgery. At this point, none of these hernia mesh lawsuits have gone to trial or settled. However, an examination of prior settlements in similar cases suggests that hernia mesh plaintiffs can expect case values in the million dollar range.
What Is Hernia Mesh?
Hernia mesh is a device that is surgically implanted to repair hernias. By providing support to repaired muscle tissue, hernia meshes are supposed to help facilitate proper tissue re-growth. Surgical hernia meshes fall into two categories: absorbable and non-absorbable devices. Absorbable ones are made out of animal tissue. Once implanted, they absorb into the body. They can only provide reinforcement temporarily. New tissue growth is meant to replace the absorbable mesh once it degrades. By contrast, non-absorbable mesh implants are made from non-toxic plastic materials. They are meant to be permanent and not cause negative reactions inside the human body.