If you are one of the millions of people who underwent hernia repair surgery involving hernia mesh, you may have suffered injury or complications as a result of that procedure. Over the past two decades, thousands of injured patients filed lawsuits against various companies that manufacture hernia mesh.
Drug Watch reports that as of the end of 2019, 7,721 hernia mesh lawsuits were pending in three multi-jurisdictional suits. Numerous additional individual suits on behalf of individuals injured hernia mesh recipients also exist. The manufacturers allegedly at fault include the following:
- Brad Davol
- Covidien Medtronic
- L. Gore & Associates
Several of these companies ultimately recalled their defective hernia mesh products. The innocent patients, however, had already suffered damage.
Plaintiffs allege that the hernia mesh caused them to suffer serious negative complications requiring one or more surgeries to remove it from their bodies. Specifically, alleged injuries include the following:
- Bowel obstruction
- Seromas; i.e., internal pockets of fluid
- Adherence of the mesh to unintended internal tissues
- Migration of the mesh to places other than its implant site
- Shrinking, eroding or breaking of the mesh itself
Not only did the unfortunate patients have to undergo additional surgeries, some even died as a result of the extensive damage the hernia mesh caused to their organs and tissues.
Statutes of limitation
If you are a hernia mesh victim, be aware that you must file your lawsuit within a specified period of time. Each state sets its own statute of limitations, but in general, they range from two to four years after your original hernia surgery.