There does not appear to be a surgical mesh class-action lawsuit, but individual lawsuits have been consolidated in courts nationwide. The lawsuits against different hernia mesh manufacturers allege injury to patients by a defective mesh device.
If you experienced complications after a hernia repair involving surgical mesh or underwent revision surgery, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. To learn more, call the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC at 865-546-1111 for a free case review.
What Is the Difference Between a Class-Action Lawsuit and Consolidated Lawsuits?
A class-action lawsuit involves one or more plaintiffs who file a lawsuit to represent a larger group of individuals. One jury trial may be held for a class-action lawsuit.
A consolidation involves lawsuits filed by many individuals with common factual questions and issues involving the same defendants. The lawsuits are initially filed in separate courts but then transferred to a single court for pretrial proceedings. Consolidating cases is intended to speed up the pretrial process. Jury trials are held separately for selected lawsuits.
Which Mesh Manufacturers Are Involved in Hernia Mesh Litigation?
Ethicon Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has lawsuits pending over its Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh. Consolidated federal lawsuits are centralized in the Northern District of Georgia. Lawsuits filed in New Jersey are centralized in Superior Court in Atlantic County.
Besides Ethicon, lawsuits are moving forward for Atrium Medical Corporation. The federal lawsuits are centralized in the District of New Hampshire and involve Atrium’s C-QUR hernia mesh.
C.R. Bard Inc., and its subsidiary, Davol Inc., are facing consolidated lawsuits in the Southern District of Ohio over various synthetic hernia mesh products.
Have Any Hernia Mesh Manufacturers Settled Lawsuits?
In 2011, C.R. Bard Inc., agreed to pay $184 million to settle cases consolidated in the Rhode Island federal court over the Composix Kugel mesh used in ventral hernia repair.
The hernia patch, manufactured by Davol, Inc., was initially recalled in 2005. In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Davol Inc., expanded the recall. Additional Kugel hernia mesh patches were recalled in 2007.
Why Are Lawsuits Being Filed over Hernia Mesh Products?
Lawsuits allege that certain hernia mesh products have manufacturing and design defects and injure patients as a result. The complaints allege that the defective mesh fails and causes patients complications such as:
- Bowel obstruction
- Bowel perforation
- Chronic pain
- Hernia recurrence
- Organ perforation
In some instances, patients undergo one or more surgeries to remove the hernia mesh.
Contact the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC Today
Our law firm represents individuals or their family members who suffered injuries from defective hernia mesh products.
If you were harmed by failed hernia mesh, you may be entitled to pursue compensation for medical bills, costs for revision surgery, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
We offer a free, no-obligation consultation. Call us now at 865-546-1111.