When you use a medical product, you expect it to improve your health and provide the desired results. However, many products are not adequately tested and when used for medical purposes, they can end up doing more harm than good.
The issues with some forms of hernia mesh are considered to be a product defect. If you or a loved one was injured when the product was inserted, you should consider contacting a lawyer to see if they can represent you.
Babin Law, LLC has years of experience dealing with product defect cases in the Columbus, Ohio area.
What is Hernia Mesh?
A hernia occurs when an organ of fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in the muscles of connective tissue called fascia. It affects the abdominal area. It is typically caused by heavy lifting, but it can also be due to obesity. Symptoms include a bulge, swelling, and pain.
In most cases, hernias will need to be treated with surgery. During surgery, a doctor will return the tissue to its normal location and close the defect. They will then apply a hernia mesh to support the damaged tissue as it heals. The mesh can be attached with stitches, staples or glue.
Non absorbable hernia mesh will remain in the body permanently and serve to reinforce the area. Absorbable mesh will dissolve over time.
Hernia Mesh Complications
It is not uncommon for hernia mesh to cause complications and some of the major brands are known for producing injuries in patients.
Here are some complications that have occurred:
- Bowel Perforation
- Mesh migration
- Adhesion to tissue
- Hernia recurrence
- Chronic pain
- Bowel obstruction
- Mesh shrinkage and erosion
- Need for correction surgery
- Organ damage
Am I Eligible to File a Claim?
In order to file a claim, your situation must meet the following criteria:
- That you underwent a hernia repair with mesh.
- The surgery took place on or after January 1, 2011 (Unless you can obtain your own surgical records, as most hospitals only hold them for 10 years)
- Then you have had or have a scheduled hernia revision surgery within 30 days of your intake.
Signs of a Hernia Mesh Complication
If you have recently had hernia surgery, here are some signs that you may be having complications.
Pain & Discomfort: Pain and discomfort may be accompanied by swelling, bruising, a skin rash, and a bulge near the incision. The pain may occur near the abdomen, stomach, leg, or testicle depending on the type of surgery you had.
Bleeding and Infection: Severe infections may manifest after a surgery and, it they occur, it is highly likely they are due to a hernia mesh complication. They will cause redness and heat near the repair area. Fluids may also build up near the implant site causing a condition called seroma.
Bowel Obstruction: Bowel obstruction develops in the large or small intestine and results in difficulty urinating or defecating. It may be caused by an adhesion that occurs when scar tissue or loops of the intestine stick to the mesh. In severe circumstances, bowel removal may be necessary.
Erectile Dysfunction: Men who have undergone hernia surgery and are experiencing mesh complication may be dealing with erectile dysfunction, a loss of sensation and difficulty achieving orgasm. Some patients may also be dealing with pain, swelling, hardness, and a reduction in testicle size. In some instances, hernia mesh complications can reduce blood supply to the testicles resulting in testicle removal.
Hernia Recurrence: Although hernia mesh is typically meant to prevent future hernia, if the product is defective, it could have the opposite results. If complications such as migration, fistula, perforation, or adhesion occurs, the hernia may reoccur.
People who are dealing with hernia mesh complications may require removal or revision surgeries.
What Kind of Damages Can I Collect for Hernia Mesh Complications?
If you file a lawsuit for hernia mesh complications, you may be able to collect the following damages.
Economic: Economic damages include a loss of wages and a loss of future earning potential if injuries leave you unable to return to work or cause you to take a lower paying position. They also cover current and ongoing medical expenses.
Non-Economic Damages: Dealing with a serious injury can lead to a diminished quality of life and at fault parties will owe compensation for these types of damages. It’s difficult to come up with a monetary value to cover these nontangible elements but your lawyer will apply their years of experience to come up with a number that is fair.
How Babin Law Could Help With Your Ohio Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
Going up against a major mesh manufacturing company in a hernia mesh lawsuit can be challenging. Having a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer on your side can help tip the scales in your favor.
Babin Law, LLC has a track record for winning product defect and personal injury cases. They are not intimidated by the hard work these MDL cases require. They use aggressive tactics to get results for their clients.
Hernia mesh complications can reduce quality of life. Don’t let manufacturer companies get away with releasing products on the market that may not be safe. Call Babin Law for a free consultation and take the first step in getting the closure you need.