Hernia Mesh Litigation Update
For thousands of patients who have undergone surgery to correct their hernias, recovery has proven to be much more challenging than expected. Defective hernia mesh products are causing a variety of severe complications for hernia mesh patients, but patients are fighting back with lawsuits filed against hernia mesh manufacturers.
Ethicon, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (J&J), manufactures Physiomesh hernia mesh. Ethicon recalled its Physiomesh products in 2016 due to high rates of failure. Over a dozen lawsuits have already been filed against Ethicon, and plaintiffs requested their lawsuits be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation (MDL). A hearing to determine whether or not an MDL will be granted for the litigation will be held later this month.
While American plaintiffs seek to consolidate their cases cases, Canadian patients are also looking for justice via a class action lawsuit filed against Ethicon seeking to compensate them for their injuries.
Atrium Medical Corporation manufactures C-Qur hernia mesh, which has been on the market for over 10 years. After years of failing to comply with FDA regulations, the FDA issued a permanent injunction against the company in 2015 to prevent it from producing more unsafe hernia mesh products.
This past December, over 300 C-Qur hernia mesh cases were consolidated in an MDL in New Hampshire and are currently undergoing pretrial proceedings.
Kugel Mesh Settlement and Remaining Lawsuits
Kugel Mesh products manufactured by Davol are some of the most widely used hernia mesh products in the country. Despite Davol Kugel Mesh being the subject of recalls dating as far back as 2005, it remains available on the market today. In 2011, Davol paid $185 million to settle approximately 2,600 hernia mesh lawsuits. However, the company still faces over 1,000 hernia mesh lawsuits in an MDL in Rhode Island.
Patients Fighting Back
Although there are three separate hernia mesh litigations, the outcome of each could affect the outcome of the others. If one litigation sees large trial verdicts or settlements, the other two might follow suit. While it will be some time before a hernia mesh case goes to trial, once the litigation begins in earnest, the results will have profound implications for patients across the country.
Hernia Mesh Injury Lawyers
If you or someone you love suffered complications from a hernia mesh product, you deserve to hold the manufacturer responsible. Contact the hernia mesh injury lawyers at Blizzard Law PLLC today for a free consultation to discuss your case.