Know Before You File – Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

Know Before You File - Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

Have you been injured by hernia mesh? Are you eligible to file a lawsuit for compensation? Well, we’re here to help you find out. So, let’s talk about the information you need to know before you file.

Unfortunately, there are times, when hernia
 mesh implants can cause all sorts of complications. Recent cases have shown implants causing serious risk to patients, and
 analysis of the side effects prove these meshes can do more harm than good.

abdominal mesh pain

There is a difficulty in attempting a
 one-size fits all approach, as everyone’s body is
 different. Different mesh designs aim to improve the odds of
 rejection from a patient’s body. This goal, however, has not been completely successful.

Some meshes are reported as moving, or
 disintegrating causing excruciating pain, infection, and/or hernia recurrence.
 Some meshes have been recalled by the FDA, but not before hundreds, or even
 thousands of patients already have them inside of their body.

So if you think you may have a case, here’s is what you should know before you file a hernia mesh lawsuit.

 

 Things to know before you file a hernia mesh lawsuit

  1. Find
 out the manufacturer of your hernia mesh
    It’s really important to know the
 manufacturer of your mesh implant. There are current lawsuits against
 companies like Ethicon and Atrium. Meshes from the following companies have been known to be problematic: Physiomesh 
(Ethicon), C-QUR (Atrium), Bard 3D-Max
  2. You will need the date of your surgery.
 You will need to know the place of surgery, which surgeon performed the
surgery, and what other medical personnel were present in the room with you. There is no such thing, as too much
information. The more information you have, the better equipped you will be to address
any issues concerning your potential claim.
  3. Determine your eligibility Find out
(through an attorney) if you are eligible to file a claim. Eligibility criteria
can have restrictive guidelines associated to lawsuit file claiming; so, search
around, and consult with an attorney to further your understanding of what is
required.
  4. Act quickly (time is of the essence!) – Compensation claims need to be filed in a
 certain amount of time. Procrastination is never your friend in this situation.
 Act quickly, and do not put off what needs to be done.
  5. Find 
an attorney
    Finding the 
correct attorney is necessary. There could be attorneys, who already have 
lawsuits in-progress, with claims filed. Hiring one of these attorneys could mean
 that you would be added to their pre-existing group of lawsuits. Check out an attorney’s credentials. How long 
have they been in practice? What is their track record? How quickly do they respond to your inquiries? The answer to these questions can help you
 get a sense of an attorney’s reputation and competence. You will also be able 
to get a better sense of how hard he or she might work for you.

If you are looking for a legal professional, please contact us now!


You
 are the Victim
When people are injured due to medical devices, those responsible should 
be held accountable. You are the victim, and deserve to be compensated for your
 injuries.

Big corporations should never escape 
accountability for harming people when they place profit over safety. Finding 
the right attorney can help ensure this never happens.

Search, and remain vigilant in your mission 
to be fairly compensated. Hiring the right attorney for your needs, matters. You want an attorney who will care about you, and the things you are going through. Make an
 appointment, and talk to them one-on-one.

You need 
someone who is going to fight for you, with the same fierceness they would for 
a loved one.

Dangers of Polypropelyne

While there have been great advancements in modern medicine, there have also been questionable solutions. One of those, is using surgical polypropylene mesh in hernia repairs.
  If you’ve been injured by a hernia mesh product, and had repeat operations, you may the opportunity to fight back. A settlement could be a multi-million dollar opportunity that will help you recover financial losses.

To begin, having the correct information is power.
 When it comes to hernia-related surgery complications, we need to back it up,
 and re-evaluate what it is that has happened. So, let’s back up and define what 
a hernia is.

What 
is a Hernia?

A hernia is fatty tissue, or an organ. The 
hernia pushes through a weaker spot found within the surrounding muscles, or
connective-tissue (fascia). When this protruding’ occurs, a lump forms which 
causes discomfort. As the hernia enlarges, levels of pain can reach excruciating 
thresholds.

The amount of discomfort a victim may feel, is directly related to the hernia’s location, and the amount of damage
 incurred as a result of the hernia’s existence. Hernias can be present at birth ‘congenital’. If they are formed after, they are considered ‘acquired’ hernias.

Hiatal Hernia
Hiatal henria illustartion

There
 are Different Types of Hernias.

· Epigastric – Epigastric hernias are the result
of fatty tissue pushing through an abdomen. It’s location is between the belly 
button and the sternum (breastbone).

· Femoral ­­- Femoral hernias are the result of 
fatty tissue, or bowel pushing through. The hernia protrudes into the groin
 region near the top of the inner-thigh.

· Hiatal – These hernias are the result of the 
stomach pushing upward into the chest area. Moving through the opening in the
diaphragm, these hernias are thought to affect over one-third of people over 
the age of fifty.

· Incisional – Incisional hernias are the result
of incisions, usually, from surgery. The fatty tissue pushes through a surgical 
wound located in the abdomen area.

· Inguinal – These hernias are the most common 
of all hernias, and are in relation to part of the bowel moving into the groin
 area via the abdomen. About 96% of all hernias are Inguinal. These hernias are 
most common in males due to the fact, they are weaker in this area.

· Muscle ­- Muscle hernias are usually the 
result of a sport’s injury. Here, the muscle pushes through into the abdomen 
area.

· Spigelian – Spigelian hernias are the result
 of part of the bowel pushing through into the abdomen region by a stomach
 muscle. It’s location is below the belly button.

· Umbilical – These hernias are located near the
 belly button. They are in relation to fatty tissue or part of the bowel
 pushing through the abdomen.

Complications 
from Hernia Mesh Implants
Most of the symptoms from mesh-related
 complications are mesh migration, shrinkage, pain, hernia recurrence,
 infection, adhesion, and bowel restriction. [Read about other complications]

Additional Information on Hernia Types and Treatment

Abdominal 
Hernias
Abdominal 
hernias are the result of fatty tissue (or organ) pushing through a weakness 
found within a muscle wall. These muscle walls enclose the abdominal cavity. If the hernia occurs within the abdominal 
wall, or groin region, the resulting sac protruding through the weak area, may
contain pieces of intestine, or fatty lining of the colon.The abdominal wall, itself, is made up of
 muscle and tissue. Weak spots can occur within the abdominal area, thus,
allowing for contents within the abdominal cavity to push through the weakened
 area, or herniate.

Abdominal and Pelvic Floor Hernias
The most common of the abdominal hernias 
are inguinal hernias. As a fetus
 develops and matures, the spermatic cord and testicle descend down through the 
inguinal canal. After the testicle descends, the opening in the inguinal canal
 should close tightly.

Sometimes, however, the areas of the muscles
 which attach to the pelvis are weakened. Later on, if stress is placed upon
 this region, the weakened tissues may allow a portion of the bowel (or colon)
to slip through the opening. The result can be a bulge, thereby, pain follows.
Inguinal hernias are more likely to be found
 in men than women. This is because men need an opening in the inguinal canal
(to allow for the descent of testicles); whereas, women do not.

Femoral hernias are more likely to occur in 
women. In the abdominal space that allows the femoral artery and vein to pass 
through the abdomen is where femoral hernias can occur. Due to the fact, women tend to have
 wider bone structuring, so they are more susceptible to femoral hernias.

An obturator hernia is the least common of the pelvic floor hernias. Women with higher
 pregnancies tend to fall victim to the obturator hernia, because of the 
location of the obturator canal. The obturator canal is an opening in the
 abdomen to the leg. It houses the obturator vein, nerve and artery. Much like 
the reason women are more likely to develop a femoral hernia, wider bone
 structure is the cause. Major loss weight is also known to cause an obturator
 hernia.

Anterior
 Abdominal Wall Hernias
Mirroring each other, the abdominal wall is
 comprised of two sets of muscles. On each side of the body, these muscles make
up the internal and external obliques, the transversals, and the rectus 
abdominus muscles.

Abdominal hernia
Abdominal Hernia illustration

In infants, epigastric hernias occur because of a weakness in the midline of  
the abdominal wall. This is located between the breastbone and belly button
 where two rectus muscles join together. Later in life, a bulge may form in the 
upper abdomen; revealing the existence of an epigastric hernia. Often not in need of treatment, are umbilical hernias found in newborns. These 
hernias can cause abnormal bulging in the belly button area. Sometimes,
complications can occur which requires medical intervention, but more times 
than not, newborn-related umbilical hernias do not require any attention.

Rare, Spigelian hernias occur near the outside edges of the rectus abdominus. Weakened abdominal
 walls are the main cause for this hernia.
Sometimes, surgery-related incisions can be
 the birthing chamber for a hernia. Incision hernias can occur when a surgeon must cuts open abdominal muscles; in order, to 
operate within the abdominal cavity.  After surgery, the repaired abdominal
 muscles are left weak, thus, the chance for herniation increases.

Diaphragm 
Hernias
When part of the stomach slips through the 
opening in the diaphragm, hiatal hernias can occur. Specifically speaking, This is the area where the esophagus 
passes through the abdomen from the chest.

Sliding
 Hiatal Hernia – Occurs when lower parts of the stomach and esophagus pass
through to the chest, via the diaphragm. This is the most common type of hiatal
hernia.

Paraesophagea 
Hernia – Occurs when stomach herniates alongside of the esophagus. This can 
lead to serious complications; as the stomach can, literally, twist in on
itself (volvulus).

Trauma-based wounds can cause traumatic diaphragmatic hernias. Usually,
as a result of blunt force trauma, stab wounds, and/or gunshot wounds, traumatic 
diaphragmatic hernias are from the tearing, or ripping the area. These hernias
can form at time of injury, or later.
Congenital diaphragmatic hernias are rare.
These are caused by the failure of the diaphragm to completely form and close
 during fetal growth. This, usually, leads to complications of non-fully
 developed lungs, or lung-related issues later on.

Risk
 Factors Associated to Developing a Hernia:

· Abdominal 
surgeries can be the cause of incision hernias.

· Abdominal
 masses can be another source for risk factors associated to hernias. Masses, such as ovarian cysts and gall bladder-related cysts are the cause mostly.

· Abnormal 
gathering of fluid in the abdominal region (ascites). The most common factor 
for ascites is high blood pressure in the veins; normally, from cirrhosis.

· Chronic
 disorders, such as: chronic cough, and/or chronic constipation can cause 
hernias. Mainly, from the persistent over stressing caused by having the
condition(s).

· Peritoneal 
dialysis is known to be the culprit of hernia-related conditions. Either from
using catheters, or from catheter-related infections, the added stress in the
abdominal area can cause a hernia.

· Pregnancy 
is a known cause in relation to hernias being formed. Usually, however, the 
risk increases with multiple pregnancies.

· Recurring
 vomiting is a cause for developing a hernia. The repeated stress of abdominal
 retraction and contraction can traumatize the abdominal area. This in turn can
 weaken the abdominal walls, thereby, creating an environment ideal for
herniation.

· Repeated 
interaction with heavy objects can, also, lead to herniation. It is the 
repeated stress of lifting or moving something (heavy) which causes this.

Treatments for Hernias
There are two types of treatments available
 for hernias: non-mesh, and mesh.  Generally, the type of of
 damage incurred by the hernia, and the surgeon’s preference both play a role in
 determining what type of surgery will be performed.

Mesh 
Implants
Before 1958, hernia repair surgery consisted
of sutures. In 1958, however, Dr. Francis Usher published his technique, called: tension-free. In this technique, Dr. Francis used an implant. A
 permanent polypropylene mesh is inserted to cover over the hernia defect, and
 to help promote tissue growth as well as allow a more solid solution
 against recurrent hernia developments.

Thirty years later, this tension-free
 technique led to the Lichtenstein repair. This would become the popularized 
choice for mesh repair. The belief was that the strongest of mesh builds would
 lead to induce the most fibrosis. This, however, did not work as planned.
 Patients complained of pain, and restriction of movement. In 1998, light-weight meshes were
 introduced. These meshes have had some improvements however, these are still a number of recalls filed in the past several years.

You can read more about these complications or, If you think you’re a victim, please contact us now for a free consultation

Published By: The Mesh Attorney
Author, creator and expert on hernia mesh related injuries, case and settlements.