If you were injured after a hernia surgery in which your doctor used a mesh device, you might be owed significant compensation. Mesh devices that fail can cause pain, infection, and other lasting to harm. At Maggio Thompson, our hernia mesh attorneys can help you find justice if you call us now at 601-300-6322.
Manufacturers of hernia mesh are responsible for warning doctors and patients of the potential harm of their products. When they fail in this duty, and you are harmed as a result, it is vital to hold them accountable for their negligence. Many other victims have already filed claims against these manufacturers, so if you think you have a case, contact Maggio Thompson right away.
You Could Be Owed Compensation
Many people don’t realize that filing an individual claim is usually a better move than joining a class-action lawsuit. When you file an individual claim, your chance of securing more compensation is higher than what you would get from group action. Hernia mesh cases are being settled right now, and people like you are getting the full and fair compensation they are owed. Some recent settlements include:
$57 Million – Johnson & Johnson – 2017 – Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
·A woman secured $57 million in damages after she had to undergo three surgeries to remove mesh that caused severe injuries like a damaged urethra, pelvic pain, and bladder spasms.
·According to a report in The Guardian in September 2017, the device was released for use before clinical trials were performed, and was still marketed to the public despite a high rate of failure.
$15 Million – Johnson & Johnson – 2017 – Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division
·A woman was awarded $5 million in compensation and $10 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson for injuries she suffered from a mesh device.
$2.16 Million – Johnson & Johnson – 2017 – Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas
·A woman won $2.16 million after a transvaginal mesh broke down inside her body, harming her bladder and vagina and causing permanent complications.
·This verdict brings Johnson & Johnson’s total costs from mesh lawsuits in Pennsylvania alone to $48 million.
·The manufacturer, Ethicon, continues to claim that their products are safe despite these lawsuits.
$20 Million – Johnson & Johnson – 2017 – Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas
·Engleman v. Ethicon awarded a woman $2.5 million in compensation and $17.5 million in punitive damages after she was left in constant pain from a TVT-Secur transvaginal mesh.
·This is the fifth significant loss for manufacturers of mesh products since 2014, with an additional 54,000 pending. Each suit costs the companies millions in legal fees and does irreparable damage to their reputations.
$13.7 Million – Johnson & Johnson – 2017 – Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas
·A woman secured $3.7 million in compensation and $10 million in punitive damages during Sharon Carlino and Charles Carlino v. Ethicon.
·Her TVT transvaginal mesh became partially exposed and required surgery to correct. The defect left her in constant pain and adversely affected her sexual life.
$120 Million – Johnson & Johnson – 2016
·Johnson & Johnson offered $120 million to settled 42,400 lawsuits concerning their transvaginal mesh products.
·2-3,000 women accused the company of hiding the risk of pain and injury which the mesh devices caused.
$119 Million – C.R. Bard – 2015
·The company settled 2,970 lawsuits from recipients of the Pinnacle Pelvic Floor repair device, a transvaginal mesh which caused pelvic prolapse and urinary incontinence.
$200 Million – C.R. Bard – 2015
·The company settled 3,000 lawsuits, only half of those filed against them, earning each plaintiff roughly $67,000
$34.5 Million – Boston Scientific – 2015
·$34.5 was awarded to Martha and Felix Salazar, who suffered from urinary problems, bleeding, and painful intercourse while using Boston Scientific’s Obtryx mesh.
·The company was found to have been negligent when designing the product, which the plaintiffs claimed was incompatible for human bodies.
·The plaintiffs also claimed that Boston Scientific had been deceptive when marketing the product, misleading healthcare professionals and exaggerating the product’s utility.
$1.3 Billion – Endo International – 2014
·Endo paid a total of $1.3 billion to settle almost all of their Apogee, Elevate, and Perigee mesh lawsuits.
·20,000 lawsuits were settled for $830 million, and an additional 10,000 lawsuits were settled for $400 million.
·The lawsuits alleged that the mesh devices caused incontinence and chronic pain.
$26 Million – Boston Scientific – 2014
·$6.5 million was given to four women who filed lawsuits stating that Obtryx transvaginal mesh caused organ damage, pain, and painful intercourse.
What is Hernia Mesh?
Mesh devices are alternatives for stitches. Hernia mesh can be used to repair incisional, ventral, and inguinal hernias. When the stomach muscles cannot handle surgery or stitches, a mesh can be used to hold everything in place by being placed between the intestines and the stomach lining.
The Dangers of Hernia Mesh
Unfortunately, the materials used in hernia mesh are not safe for use inside the body. The material used in the memory recoil ring, polypropylene plastic, can break under stress. The consequences of this error can be extreme, including:
·Internal organ puncture
Victims may have to endure additional surgery to correct these side effects and remove the device. Worse, according to some recent studies, the manufacturers of these devices either knew or should have known about these risks.
Do I Have a Hernia Mesh Claim?
Hernia claims are relatively common, as many doctors used them without being made aware of the risks. The best way to discover whether or not you have a valid hernia mesh claim is to contact a lawyer from ‘Maggio Thompson. If one of the following manufacturers made your device, you might have a claim:
·Johnson and Johnson
An attorney can look into your particular case to determine whether you may be owed compensation from one of these manufacturers. Time is of the essence in these cases, so do not hesitate to contact Maggio Thompson to discuss your legal options.