Filings against the medical device manufacturer expected to increase
As we approach the two-year anniversary of the market withdrawal of Physiomesh hernia mesh, lawsuit filings against Ethicon, the device manufacturer, are expected to increase due to statutes of limitation, which in New Jersey is two years from the date the injury occurred. Patients who have experienced problems as a result of hernia mesh surgery with Physiomesh may receive compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses related to the defective product.
Ethicon’s Physiomesh hernia mesh
Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh is manufactured by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, a medical device, pharmaceutical, and consumer packaged goods manufacturer. In May of 2016, Ethicon initiated a voluntary product market withdrawal of its Physiomesh device after studies showed that the recurrence and/or reoperation rates after laparoscopic ventral hernia repair using the device were higher than the average rate of other hernia mesh products.
How hernia mesh is used
A hernia occurs when an organ of the body’s fatty tissue pushes through a weak spot in the surrounding muscle or connective tissue. Hernias may be caused by anything that increases the pressure in the abdomen, such as lifting heavy objects, obesity, intense training, pregnancy, or persistent coughing or sneezing. Hernia mesh is a widely accepted solution for repairing hernias, as the mesh works to support the weak spot in the muscle and keep the tissue and organs in place.
While use of hernia mesh is fairly popular, complications from hernia mesh surgeries are not uncommon and may include infections, internal bleeding, tissue erosion, and failure of the mesh to perform as intended leading to a recurrence of the hernia. In some cases, the patient’s body rejects the hernia mesh, causing additional medical problems.
Signs of hernia mesh complications
Understanding the signs and symptoms of hernia mesh failure is important; these may include any of the following:
- Pain or rash near hernia site
- Joint pain
- Bowel obstruction, constipation, or diarrhea
- Severe headaches
In some situations, complications are more serious, including those related to the liver, kidney, and autoimmune system.
Hernia mesh lawsuits
If you have experienced complications from a hernia mesh surgery involving the Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh, you may have grounds for a lawsuit against the product manufacturer. Each hernia mesh case is unique and requires consultation with a medical professional and a lawyer experienced in hernia mesh devices who will evaluate the merits of your case and discuss the legal options. The experienced legal team at Lomurro Law is actively filing lawsuits on behalf of clients who suffered injury as a result of the hernia mesh, as well as on behalf of law firms who are in need of counsel with knowledge and expertise in this area. Our dedicated attorneys are skilled litigators and effective negotiators; we work tirelessly on your behalf to recover the just compensation you deserve for your injury. Contact our office today at 732-482-9285 or online to schedule an appointment to discuss your case.