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Hernia Mesh


Securing compensation for people harmed by hernia mesh implants

Maine Hernia Mesh Lawyers

For more than 50 years, hernia mesh implants have been used to repair abdominal hernias. Some mesh manufacturers, like Ethicon’s Physiomesh and Atrium’s C-QUR, use polypropylene which is known to deteriorate and cause infection, inflammation, and adhesion.

It’s well documented that polypropylene should not be considered a permanent solution for the human body, but manufacturers have their bottom line as a priority. These companies developed coatings for the polypropylene meshes in an attempt to absolve complications instead of testing new, potentially safer mesh solutions. Ethicon has issued a permanent recall of the Physiomesh implant. Atrium’s C-QUR has a “natural Omega 3 gel coating” and still remains on the market regardless of being linked to numerous side effects.

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Hernia mesh implants can cause permanent injuries to patients

Similar to other medical devices, hernia mesh can cause serious adverse reactions and sometimes permanent injuries to a patient. The FDA released a Safety Communication in 2014 outlining that complications may occur with surgical mesh for hernia repair. Polypropylene mesh can degrade and enter the bowels causing the need for further surgical procedures to remove the mesh and damaged tissue.

Complications associated with polypropylene hernia mesh implants include, but are not limited to:

  • Bowel perforation or obstruction
  • Sepsis
  • Removal surgery
  • Mesh migration, rejection or shrinkage
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Abdominal infection
  • Adhesions
  • Organ removal
  • Nerve injury
  • Blood vessel damage

Berman & Simmons represents clients who developed harmful complications due to the use of hernia mesh implants. There are statutes of limitations in medical device lawsuits, so it’s important to get in touch with us as soon as possible if you believe you have a potential hernia mesh lawsuit.

Studies and Investigation Associated with Polypropylene Hernia Mesh:

2016: Springer study compares Physiomesh and Ventralight ST Mesh: Though this clinical trial ended sooner than expected, the results indicated that Physiomesh patients experienced greater hernia recurrences and postoperative pain.

2017: The Importance of Registries in the Postmarketing Surveillance of Surgical Meshes: The results of this study showed that Physiomesh patients experienced a higher level of postoperative complications a year after placement.

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Berman & Simmons is widely recognized as the best personal injury lawyers in Maine and among the best in the U.S., having won many of the largest jury verdicts and settlements ever obtained for injured people in Maine.

Our trial lawyers have won thousands of claims on behalf of those injured in a car accident, and each year we build on that successful track record.

Our attorneys and staff members will take the time to listen to you, work to understand your concerns, and come up with solutions that can make your life better, including obtaining payment for or deferral of your debts until your case is resolved. We help you recover and make sure you receive full compensation for your injuries and loss.

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What compensation can I receive if I’ve had polypropylene hernia mesh complications?

Under state and federal law, victims of dangerous medical devices have the right to recover financial damages for various categories of loss, including:

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    Pain, suffering, and emotional distress, past and future

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    Interference with your enjoyment of life

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    Medical expenses, past and future

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    Time lost from work

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    Loss of future earnings

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    Wrongful death damages (for the estate)