Hernia Mesh Lawsuits │ You Could Be Owed Compensation
Loncar Associates filing suits for individuals injured by hernia mesh
Since 2005, over a dozen hernia meshes have been recalled for varying reasons. Some of the hernia mesh recalls have been the result of mislabeling of packaging documentation, some recalls have been the result of the meshes being made of counterfeit materials, while other recalls have been the result of design/manufacture defects in the underlying products. In addition, there are hernia meshes that have not been recalled that may be defectively designed and are the source of our clients’ injuries.
If you have experienced problems with your hernia mesh, particularly when the hernia mesh was implanted after 2008, contact Loncar Associates immediately for a free evaluation at 800.285.4878 or by completing the contact form to discuss your legal options.
On July 19, 2016 Novus Scientific issued a Class II recall for its TIGR mesh instructing surgeons to discontinue using the product for the repair of direct inguinal hernias and for repair of hernias that require permanent support.
Many patients implanted with the defective hernia meshes have undergone additional hernia repair surgeries and have experienced a variety of side effects including total or partial hernia mesh explant (revision) surgery, recurrence of hernia, severe pain, adhesion, infections, intestinal blockage and other complications. If you or someone you love were among those who were diagnosed with a problem related to your defective mesh, you may be entitled to compensation.
Hernia mesh and lax FDA regulation
There are many types of hernias: inguinal hernia, femoral hernia (very rare), umbilical hernia, incisional hernia (from previous surgeries), epigastric hernia, ventral (abdominal wall) hernia, hiatal hernia. Mesh can be used in an attempt to repair most types of hernias.
The Ethicon Physiomesh design utilizes polypropylene to manufacture the base layer of the Physiomesh. Polypropylene is the same material that Ethicon utilized to make their transvaginal mesh and bladder slings. Ethicon has faced thousands of lawsuits over its transvaginal mesh and bladder slings made from polypropylene. Ethicon added an absorbable film coating to each side of the polypropylene to create the Physiomesh. Ethicon’s Physiomesh was approved for market in the United States in April 2010. The FDA approved it with a 510(k) application. This application allows the device to reach the market without new safety studies. This is achieved by claiming the mesh was similar to other types of hernia mesh already on the market. This procedure allowed the Ethicon Physiomesh to skip rigorous pre-market research and studies.
On May 25, 2016 Ethicon initiated a voluntary, global product recall of the Ethicon Physiomesh due to requests from Ethicon’s own Medical Safety Team. Unpublished data from two large independent hernia registries (Herniamed German Registry and Danish Hernia Database-DHDB) revealed higher than average recurrence/reoperation rates after laparoscopic ventral hernia repair using the Ethicon Physiomesh when compared to similar products on the market. Ethicon believes the issue to be a multifactorial issue but as of yet has not been able to characterize the exact cause of the product’s defect. The company indicates they will not be returning the Physiomesh to the global market.
The Atrium C-Qur mesh was approved for market in the United States in 2005. Like Ethicon’s Physiomesh, the C-Qur was approved via the 510(k) application process, foregoing clinical trials. Atrium was cited by the FDA in 2012 for ignoring reports of product contamination related to the C-Qur mesh and production was temporarily halted. A 2013 clinical trial of the Atrium C-Qur V-Patch was cut short due to high infection rates. On July 19, 2013, Atrium issued a Class II recall for nearly 100,000 units of it’s C-Qur Mesh — because the coating could peel off and stick inside the package when exposed to heat and moisture. Atrium terminated its recall in March of 2016.
Loncar Associates Seeking Justice for Hernia Mesh Patients
Loncar Associates is a product-liability law firm investigating hernia mesh cases in all 50 states. We are investigating a large number of different hernia meshes for litigation. Contact Loncar Associates immediately for a free, confidential case evaluation using the form on the side or by calling toll free at 800.285.4878. Hernia mesh lawsuits are being evaluated on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing unless a recovery is obtained. We will obtain all the medical records we need to evaluate your case and you DO NOT need to sue your doctor; we pursue product liability cases only.
On April 1, 2016 the first Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (Matthew Huff v. Ethicon, Inc.). Subsequently, in June of 2017, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (“JPML”) consolidated the Physiomesh litigation before the Honorable Richard Story in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. This is our third time practicing before the Northern District of Georgia in products liability litigation. As of July 29, 2019, 2,321 individual lawsuits have been filed in connection with the recalled Physiomesh. In May of 2019 ten cases were selected as trial candidates. It is anticipated that the first trial will take place beginning on April 20, 2020.
On December 8, 2016 the “JPML” consolidated twenty-one lawsuits involving the Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh pending in varying federal courts across the country were consolidated in the District of New Hampshire. It should be noted that this IS NOT class action litigation. Individual lawsuits will stand on their own but they will all be litigated in the one federal court in New Hampshire before the Honorable Landya McCafferty. Case-specific discovery is being conducted for the 8 trial candidates. The first trial is currently scheduled to begin on February 19, 2020. As of the most recent update, just over 1,500 individual lawsuits have been filed related to the defective Atrium meshes.
By August 6, 2018 the JPML consolidated litigation involving specific hernia meshes manufactured and/or distributed by Dalvol, Inc./C.R. Bard, Inc. in the United States Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The Court is moving quickly. On March 22, 2019 twelve lawsuits were selected for the initial discovery pool of cases that will be prepared for the first trial. The trial is rumored to begin in May of 2020. This is an extremely fast-pace. Individuals implanted with defective meshes governed by this litigation are under strict orders to preserve medical records, bills and pathology samples, including any explanted hernia mesh. If you were injured by a defective Bard mesh, you need an attorney immediately.
Loncar Associates represents individuals in all of these lawsuits. Your case is too important to trust to an inexperienced firm or a referral service. Contact a real law firm with real experience handling medical device cases. You can trust the experts at Loncar Associates to provide you with the quality legal representation you deserve.
The type of hernia mesh, the problems you are experiencing, your medical care all impact your right to seek compensation. For some individuals, time is rapidly running out to pursue litigation. For others, a new diagnosis of problems could initiate important legal deadlines. Most people don’t even know who made their mesh and what model it is. Take action while you have the time. Contact a firm that has been litigating dangerous pharmaceutical and medical device cases since 1999.
The law offices of Loncar Associates are investigating hernia mesh cases for individuals in all 50 states. Contact Loncar Associates immediately for a free, confidential case evaluation using the form on the side or by calling toll free at 800.285.4878. We will obtain all the medical records we need to evaluate your case. You DO NOT need to sue your doctor; we pursue product liability cases only. Hernia mesh lawsuits are being evaluated on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing unless a recovery is obtained.
If your hernia mesh has caused medically diagnosed problems, your time to take legal action may be rapidly running out. If the mesh is bothering you seek medical attention right away. Then contact an experienced law firm immediately; many people are unaware that the diagnosis of a problem documented in your medical records may create important legal deadlines. Failure to meet these deadlines could completely bar you from receiving compensation.
Loncar Associates is a Dallas, Texas based law firm. Since 1999, we have successfully represented thousands of individuals across America who were hurt by dangerous medications and defective medical devices. Contact us immediately at 800.285.4878 to learn more about defective hernia meshes and your rights. Important legal deadlines may be rapidly approaching. We look forward to successfully representing you.