When you require surgery for a hernia mesh implant, you trust the medical device the doctors put in your body, and it’s supposed to prevent your hernia from resurfacing. But when the mesh causes medical complications and injuries and doesn’t fix your hernia, you must hold the mesh manufacturer responsible.
If you’ve suffered injuries due to a manufacturer’s faulty hernia mesh, an Arizona hernia mesh lawsuit lawyer from Zanes Law can help you get compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered. Our attorneys stay updated on the latest settlement amounts, so we know what your injuries are worth when we evaluate your case.
What Are the Hernia Mesh Lawsuits?
People who received hernia mesh implants from Ethicon, Atrium Medical Corp., Covidien, and C.R. Bard on or after January 1st, 2006, have come out in numbers to express the discomfort, pain, and injuries they’ve experienced as a result of their hernia meshes.
Trials for the cases have continued on and off for years due to the negligent companies’ ability to reach settlements with people who have suffered injuries from the meshes. For example, in an Atrium Medical Corp. hernia mesh trial, the company had to pay $1.6 million in damages.
How Were the Hernia Meshes Defective?
Although many companies are involved in the lawsuits, there are a few key issues with each of their hernia mesh implants. In a summary document of the case of C.R. Bard GovInfo provides, the case document mentions that the manufacturer’s hernia mesh had a plastic ring that broke and created a sharp edge that could damage patients’ organs.
On the other hand, Atrium Medical Corp.’s hernia mesh used a type of plastic called Polypropylene and Omega 3 fatty acid gel coating. According to the Atrium case documents, the Omega 3 fatty acid gel was supposed to decrease the risk of the mesh sticking to other organs in patients’ bodies. However, it did the opposite and caused extreme inflammation, negatively impacting patients’ healing process.
These defects are serious, and it can take years to fix the issues the hernia meshes cause. In some cases, the injuries people sustained from the hernia meshes were fatal.
Complications Associated With the Defective Hernia Meshes
Patients that filed hernia mesh lawsuits have experienced several complications after their implant. If you’re experiencing any of the following complications, you may be able to file a hernia mesh lawsuit:
- Pain in the area of the hernia mesh implant
- Mesh sticking to other organs
- Perforation of organs
- Your hernia returned
If you’re experiencing any of these complications, you should have your hernia mesh removed and preserve it for medical evidence. By having your mesh as evidence, our lawyers will be able to show its condition and explain how it caused your injuries. Our hernia mesh lawsuit lawyers in Arizona are ready to help you get the help you need after discovering your hernia mesh is defective.
How to Obtain Information About Your Defective Hernia Mesh
Another step you need to take to determine if you are eligible for compensation in a defective hernia mesh lawsuit is obtaining information about the manufacturer of your mesh. By knowing the company that made the mesh you have, you and a lawyer from Zanes Law can file a lawsuit against them and research previous settlements to get an idea of the compensation you might receive.
Determining the manufacturer of your hernia mesh should be relatively easy. First, your surgeon or the hospital where you had surgery will have this information. Then, our team of hernia mesh lawsuit lawyers in Arizona can help you file a claim against the company and gather evidence to support your claim.
Statute of Limitations for a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
Even though the Arizona hernia mesh lawsuits are active, Arizona’s standard statute of limitations for medical malpractice still applies and gives you two years to file. So from the day you discover your hernia mesh implant caused your injuries, you have two years to file a medical malpractice claim.
Other external factors may influence the amount of time you have to submit a claim. One of our Arizona hernia mesh lawsuit attorneys can help you know exactly how long you have. But once you know how long you have to file, you should do so immediately.
If you miss the deadline, you won’t be able to recover any compensation. And even though the companies were negligent in their actions and led to your injury, you can no longer hold them accountable after the deadline passes.
Damages You Can Recover for a Faulty Hernia Mesh
After you suffer complications and injuries from a defective hernia mesh you trusted, you’ll likely need medical care to diagnose and tend to your pain. These costs can add up quickly in addition to other injury-related costs. Our team of Arizona hernia mesh lawsuit lawyers can help you recover damages for:
- Medical expenses such as surgery, medications, physical therapy, and medical devices.
- Lost wages for the time you have to take off work.
- Loss of earning capacity if your injuries have prevented you from continuing your current job.
- The pain and suffering your injuries have caused you.
- Loss of consortium if your pain makes you unable to have an intimate relationship with your spouse.
- Loss of enjoyment of life if your hernia mesh injuries prevent you from enjoying your hobbies.
You may be able to recover additional damages depending on the severity of your injuries and the level of negligence your Arizona case has. When you meet with us, a hernia mesh lawsuit attorney can examine your case for free.
We can tell you if you have a valid case, and if you do, we’ll start working with you to build a case. We’ll help you gather evidence and contact the liable manufacturers and other parties at fault.
Contact Our Arizona Lawyers Today
At Zanes Law, our family team of lawyers is dedicated to helping you and your family through this difficult time. We’ve handled hernia mesh lawsuits and understand clients’ frustration. We can help you get the compensation you qualify for and pursue justice for your pain.
Contact us to schedule a free case consultation with an Arizona hernia mesh lawsuit lawyer today.