Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
Please note: Our law firm no longer accepts hernia mesh cases.Matthews & Associates is handling Hernia Mesh Lawsuits for hernia repair. Ethicon Physiomesh was recalled in May 2016 after it was shown to cause several dangerous, potentially fatal problems. Email or call us for a free legal consultation if you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled hernia mesh.
Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
Ethicon announced a worldwide recall of its Physiomesh made for hernia repair on May 25, 2016. The company’s own Medical Safety Team recommended the action. Data from two large independent hernia registries – Herniamed German Registry and Danish Hernia Database-DHDB – showed unacceptable (higher than average) recurrence/reoperation rates following laparoscopic ventral hernia repair with Ethicon Physiomesh, in comparison with similar hernia mesh products on the market.
Ethicon has not yet been able to pinpoint the exact cause of the product’s defect. Ethicon stated that it will not return its Physiomesh to the market.
Hernia Mesh Side Effects
Many patients implanted with the recalled Physiomesh have had to face additional surgery or surgeries. They have suffered a wide range of serious side effects, including severe pain, infections, intestinal blockage, and more.
Contact a Hernia Mesh Lawyer
Anyone who has experienced hernia recurrence or additional surgery as a result of defective Ethicon Physiomesh may be eligible for financial compensation. Matthews & Associates is investigating hernia mesh cases in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Contact Matthews & Associates for a free legal case consultation. Use the form on the right or call us toll free at 888-520-5202. We evaluate Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuits on an individual, contingency fee basis. That means you pay us nothing unless we first obtain some recovery for you.
Ethicon Physiomesh Lawsuits Filed
The first Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuit was filed April 1, 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (Matthew Huff v. Ethicon, Inc.). The plaintiff, Mr. Huff, is an Illinois man who had been treated for an abdominal hernia in 2013. His surgeon implanted Ethicon Physiomesh to reinforce the abdominal wall. By July 2015, the man began suffering severe abdominal pain, fever, nausea, chills, skin redness. He was diagnosed in the emergency room with two abscesses and an intestinal fistula. Mr. Huff required surgery to clean the abscesses and receive a V.A.C. Despite treatment of his infection, Mr. Huff continues to suffer serious and lingering health problems stemming from the failed hernia mesh. Judge J. Phil Gilbert has set a trial date for January 22, 2018.
Woman files Defective Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
Another lawsuit was filed by a Florida woman September 22, 2016. She required surgery to remove Physiomesh which had grown into her intestines, causing serious health complications. The Florida lawsuit charge:
“Due to defective design, defective manufacturing, defective marketing, and negligence by Defendants, the Product has caused Joanne Quinn severe and permanent bodily injuries and significant mental and physical pain and suffering, and economic loss.”
Hernia Surgery Lawsuit – Primer
Ethicon Physiomesh was designed to repair ventral and inguinal hernias, tissues which bulge through an opening within muscles of the abdominal wall. A hernia can occur at any location on the abdominal wall. Many are called incisional hernias, as they often form at the healed site of past surgical incisions, often where the skin has weakened or thinned. Ventral hernias can occur from weeks to years after a surgery. Small hernias can usually be repaired with simple stitching; but large, complex hernias often require major reconstructive surgery along the abdominal wall.
Polypropylene / Plastic Mesh
Ethicon Physiomesh uses polypropylene / plastic for the base layer of the product. Polypropylene / plastic is the same material Ethicon used to make its recalled transvaginal mesh and bladder slings. Ethicon has faced thousands of lawsuits over its transvaginal mesh and bladder slings made from polypropylene / plastic. For the recalled Physiomesh, Ethicon added an absorbable film coating to each side of the polypropylene / plastic.
Physiomesh Not FDA Approved
Physiomesh was never approved for market in the United States, which is why Ethicon is not protected from litigation by the 1976 medical device act. That duplicitous act gives medical device makers virtual immunity when they injure people with dubious medical devices. Instead of being approved by FDA, Physiomesh was cleared in April 2010 through the FDA’s 510(k) application. This method allowed Ethicon to put Physiomesh on the market without new safety studies, simply by claiming the product was similar to other types of hernia mesh products already on the market. These “predicate” products included the Proceed hernia patch, also manufactured by Ethicon. The 510(k) clearance also allowed Ethicon Physiomesh to bi-pass rigorous pre-market research and studies.