Right now you know that you had hernia mesh surgery and you know that something isn’t right, but how do you know if you have a potential lawsuit?
The First Step Is Identifying the Specific Hernia Mesh Injury
After any surgery, it is important to pay close attention to any changes in your body. After a hernia mesh surgery, the following signs could be symptoms of a hernia mesh complication:
- Chronic pain
- Flu-like symptoms
- Digestive problems
- Hernia recurrence
- A buildup of fluid at the hernia repair site known as a seroma
- Dental problems such as the sudden and unexplained onset of brittle teeth
If you experience any of these symptoms, then you should see your doctor as soon as possible for treatment and diagnosis. Your doctor will look into why you are experiencing these symptoms and may order diagnostic tests to see if the hernia mesh has eroded, moved, or otherwise failed.
A failed hernia mesh can require you to have a second surgery, result in pain, and result in dangerous health complications such as an infection or bowel obstruction. You could suffer from these complications even if your surgeon did everything right. The problem may not have been with the medical care that you received, but instead with the design, manufacturing, or warnings that came with the hernia mesh product itself.
The Second Step Is to Consult a Hernia Mesh Injury Lawyer
Pharmaceutical companies owe patients a duty of care. More specifically, they have a legal responsibility to use reasonable care in designing a safe product, manufacturing a safe product, and warning the public of any side effects that are known or should reasonably be known. If the pharmaceutical company breaches this duty of care by creating and selling a defective hernia mesh product and if that defective product hurts you, then you may have a legal case against the pharmaceutical company.
Hernia mesh mass tort lawyers can look at your medical records and explain whether you may have a case against the pharmaceutical company that made your hernia mesh. C.R. Bard, Atrium, Ethicon, and other pharmaceutical companies have all made versions of hernia mesh and may be accountable in a hernia mesh injury lawsuit if their specific type of hernia mesh failed and caused your injury. More specifically, a lawsuit may be brought against the pharmaceutical company if you can prove that the breach of its duty of care caused you to suffer harm, such as:
- Adhesion of the hernia mesh to your internal tissue
- Bowel obstruction
- Perforation of your organs or tissue by the hernia mesh
- Chronic pain
- A second surgery because the hernia mesh failed
- Hernia mesh revision surgery
- Other complications related to the migration, adhesion, or defect of the hernia mesh device
You will be able to share the litigation and discovery costs with other people who have been similarly hurt by the same type of hernia mesh. However, your recovery will be based on your unique injuries. This recovery may include financial compensation for things such as:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Miscellaneous costs related to your injuries
The value of these damages may be negotiated during settlement negotiations or at trial.
Your hernia mesh surgery was supposed to improve the quality of your life. It was not supposed to result in pain or dangerous side effects. However, defective hernia mesh products have created these problems, and if you have been hurt by a defective product, then you deserve to make a fair and just recovery for the injuries that you have suffered due to the pharmaceutical company’s negligence.
If you live in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, or New Hampshire, then our lawyers would be pleased to provide you with a free and confidential case evaluation. Please contact us via this website or by phone today to schedule your initial case evaluation.