According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the most common adverse reactions to hernia mesh are pain, infection, recurrence of the hernia, adhesion, bowel obstruction, fistulas, fluid buildup, and perforation of other tissues or organs. These problems can cause a variety of symptoms, including chronic pain and infection, which can impact your ability to work and enjoy life.
Since 2005, the FDA has issued recalls on a variety of hernia mesh units. The recalls were due to a variety of issues, including high failure rates, bowel perforation, and packaging errors.
If you suffered from an adverse reaction after the implantation of a hernia mesh device, you may have legal options to pursue compensation. A hernia mesh lawyer may be able to help you understand your legal options.
Common Symptoms of Hernia Mesh Complications
Hernias occur when an organ or tissue squeezes through weakened tissue or a hole in surrounding tissue or muscle. Common causes of hernias include a congenital defect, surgery, weakened muscles, and activities or medical conditions that increase pressure on the adnominal wall.
Hernias are common for both men and women and often treated with the surgical implant of a hernia mesh, which is designed to strengthen the weakened tissue and prevent a recurrence.
However, many types of hernia mesh have caused problems in patients, resulting in recalls and medical malpractice lawsuits. If you experience the following symptoms after the implantation of hernia mesh, consult with your doctor.
- Chronic pain
- Persistent fever
- Erectile dysfunction
- Reoccurrence of the hernia
- Pain in the abdominal area
If you suffered complications following hernia mesh implantation, you may be eligible to pursue a claim against a medical provider or the hernia mesh manufacturer. Contact a hernia mesh lawyer in your state to learn more about your legal options.
Damages You May Collect in a Hernia Mesh Medical Malpractice Claim
The damages available to patients after problems with hernia mesh can vary based on the type of mesh implanted, the severity of the symptoms, whether the mesh was implanted correctly, and whether the doctor knew or should have known of possible issues with the mesh.
Depending on the details of your situation, you may be eligible to recover the following damages through a hernia mesh medical malpractice case.
You may recover the cost to remove the hernia mesh, hospitalization, or treatment required due to the complications, and medical costs associated with repairing your hernia. Other covered medical costs might include medication, costs related to the original surgery, and occupational rehabilitation if needed.
Missing time at work can make a challenging time even more difficult with the additional financial strain on your family. If you miss time at work due to pain and hernia mesh complications, or to recover from an additional surgery, you may recover the wages you lost during this time.
Pain and Suffering
Hernia problems can result in severe, chronic, and debilitating pain. You may be eligible to recover compensation related to the pain and suffering you experienced due to the hernia mesh complications.
A dedicated hernia mesh malpractice attorney can help you with more information about the damages you may be eligible to recover.
Statute of Limitations for Hernia Mesh Claims
With Pennsylvania’s statute of limitations imposed by PA Code Ch. 55, most medical malpractice claims must be filed within two years of the date of the incident that caused the injury. If the cause of your injury is not immediately apparent, you may have two years from the date the injury was first observed and the cause was established.
To better understand how the Pennsylvania statute of limitations may impact your case, contact a hernia mesh malpractice lawyer.
Contact a Hernia Mesh Malpractice Lawyer Today
If problems with a hernia mesh device resulted in pain, infections, or other complications, you may be eligible to recover compensation for medical bills and other costs. The professional legal team at Berger and Green can build a case to recover the damages you deserve.
Your decision to hire a hernia mesh malpractice attorney is an important one. When you choose our team, you gain access to a team of dedicated legal professionals who know the problems with hernia mesh and are committed to offering caring and detailed legal services to our clients.
Call Berger and Green today at (412) 661-1400 for a free review of your hernia mesh case.