Hernia Mesh Lawyers – Tampa, FL
Our experienced hernia mesh attorneys can help you win your lawsuit against hernia mesh manufacturers.
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Hernias are common medical conditions in which an organ breaks through the muscle or tissue that holds it in place. During hernia surgery, a prosthetic called a hernia mesh is implanted to help hold the tissue or muscle in place to contain the organ. When the surgery is successful, the damaged muscle or tissue is strengthened by the mesh.
While hernia mesh implants can help, there is a risk of complications or injuries that can occur if the mesh is not implanted correctly or if it is defective. Injuries and complications are so common after hernia mesh surgery that many manufacturers have issued recalls for their products. Those who have experienced injuries or complications after having a hernia mesh implant can get compensation through a hernia mesh lawsuit.
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Our hernia mesh lawyers have experience representing those who bring lawsuits against the manufacturers of hernia mesh implants. We can represent you through every step of your hernia mesh lawsuit from filing the lawsuit to representing you in court. We will help you fight for the compensation you deserve for your injuries and if we cannot collect, you will not pay a fee.
Make sure you call our attorneys at The Good Law Group to represent you in a hernia mesh lawsuit in Tampa, FL as we have over 30 years of legal experience. You can reach us by calling (813) 748-9500.
Should I File a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit?
There is an average of 1 million hernia surgeries that occur each year as hernias are a common condition. While hernia surgeries involving hernia mesh implants are often successful, about one in three people who receive these implants may suffer complications and chronic pain. In most of these cases, the mesh implant is responsible for the complications.
Hernia mesh manufacturers are required by law to disclose known issues or defects with their products. However, manufacturers sometimes do not follow this law and will market their hernia mesh products anyway even if they know about possible risks. The failure to disclose information about possible defects or hazards is at the base of most hernia mesh lawsuits.
It is important to file a lawsuit as soon as possible if you have experienced pain or complications from a hernia mesh implant. The statute of limitations for hernia mesh lawsuits in Florida is 4 years starting from the date that the pain or complications were discovered. You must file your lawsuit within this 4-year period for your lawsuit to be heard in court.
If you start to experience pain or complications from your hernia surgery, contact our attorneys at The Good Law Group right away.
Injuries and Complications from Hernia Mesh Implants
There are many issues and injuries that can be caused by defective hernia mesh implants including pain, sexual dysfunction, organ damage, and even cancer in some cases. The following are the main causes of hernia mesh related complications:
- Infection: The risk of an infection is quite high with hernia mesh implants. The most likely cause of infection is if the hernia mesh becomes contaminated before or after the surgery. If you experience an infection, you will likely need another surgery to have the mesh removed.
- Mesh migration: Hernia mesh implants work by adhering to the damaged tissue and holding it together, but the mesh will sometimes shrink or move. This can cause tearing of internal organs and blockage of intestines which can have serious, sometimes life-threatening consequences.
- Mesh erosion: It is possible for hernia mesh implants to erode after being implanted if they are made from cheap materials. Eroding mesh implants can cause intense pain and cause the hernia to come back.
The following are the most common injuries and complications that can occur after hernia mesh surgery:
- Adhesion: This is when the mesh sticks to internal tissues that it is not supposed to stick to. Coated meshes are more likely to do this.
- Erosion: The erosion of the mesh materials can cause many complications including fever, pain, infection, nausea, intestinal blockages, and damage to internal organs.
- Abdominal pain: If the mesh sticks to the abdominal wall, you may experience infection, nerve damage, or bowel obstruction.
- Bowel obstruction: If the mesh migrates and gets within the bowels, it can cause diarrhea or constipation.
- Infections: Fever, sweating, and headaches are signs of an infection from a defective hernia mesh. Sepsis may result from severe reactions.
- Perforation of organs and tissues: Perforation of nearby organs and tissue can result from a migrating or eroding mesh. When this happens, you may have to have your bowels partially removed or be forced to use a colostomy.
- Chronic pain: The inflammation from an infection or migration can cause chronic pain all over the body.
- Recurrence of hernia: The hernia will reoccur if the mesh migrates or erodes, causing you to get a second surgery.
- Groin or testicular pain: Mesh failure can lead to pain in the groin or testicles. If the spermatic cord is damaged, the testicles may need to be removed.
- Cancer: Cancer may develop due to the complications of a failed hernia mesh.
- Other complications: Side effects vary from person to person and may also include rash, liver problems, renal failure, neurological changes dental issues, autoimmune disorders, dyspareunia (painful sex), and sexual dysfunction.
When filing a hernia mesh lawsuit, you can name the following damages stemming from your injuries and complications:
- Economic damages: Loss of earning capacity, loss of wages, and medical bills can be included in economic losses.
- Non-economic damages: Pain, mental anguish, emotional distress, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment can be non-economic damages.
- Punitive damages: This involves punishing the manufacturer which happens in rare cases.
How to File a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
Contact our hernia mesh lawyers if you believe that you are suffering from injuries and complications from a defective hernia mesh. We will talk to you about your case and help you file a hernia mesh lawsuit on one of the following grounds:
- Defective design: If the hernia mesh has design flaws with a risk of complications and it was implanted correctly, you can hold the manufacturer liable. You can also sue for defective design if the mesh is made of polypropylene which can deteriorate inside the body.
- Manufacturing defect: If the mesh had a defect when it left the manufacturer and caused pain or complications, the manufacturer could be held liable.
- Failure to warn/ improper labeling: All possible risks of hernia meshes and other medical devices need to be disclosed by the manufacturer so that doctors and their patients are informed. If the doctors are not warned about potential dangers and how to avoid them, the manufacturer could be held liable.
- Medical malpractice: If the mesh is implanted incorrectly or the wrong type or size of mesh is implanted, you can sue for medical malpractice. In these cases, it must be proven that the responsible surgeon breached their duty of care by failing to meet professional standards which led to the complications or injuries.
Hernia Mesh Recalls
The injuries and complications caused by defective hernia mesh implants have led to the recall of many of these products. If your specific mesh implant has been recalled, you need to get in touch with your doctor immediately to have the defective mesh repaired or removed. After talking to your doctor, call our attorneys at The Good Law Group to discuss your hernia mesh lawsuit. You still have the right to file a lawsuit and hold the manufacturer accountable if your hernia mesh was recalled.
You can see if your specific hernia mesh implant has been recalled by looking up the manufacturer and looking for recall notices.
What to Expect from a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
You are entitled to financial compensation if you have suffered injuries or complications and you were not properly informed of the risks of your hernia mesh. Your financial compensation can cover non-economic and economic damages including past and future expenses.
Your financial compensation may cover the following:
- Medical expenses
- Surgery costs
- Hospitalization costs
- Nursing care
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
Call The Good Law Group to Discuss Your Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
If you are suffering from injuries or complications from a recent hernia surgery in which you received a hernia mesh implant, call our attorneys at The Good Law Group. We can help you decide the best course of action based on your specific case and help secure financial compensation. We will file your lawsuit and provide representation through every step.
Our attorneys have over 30 years of legal experience and can provide valuable guidance for those who have suffered from injuries or complications related to hernia mesh implants in the Tampa, FL area. Give us a call at (813) 748-9500 to discuss your hernia mesh lawsuit. You will only pay if our attorneys win a financial settlement.