Manufacturers produce many medical devices that are designed for permanent use by patients, such as hernia mesh used for hernia repairs. All too often, however, these companies place profits ahead of patient safety. This results in severe and catastrophic injuries to patients who have received these medical devices.
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries from a procedure involving hernia mesh, you should consult a Michigan hernia mesh lawyer for guidance.
When manufacturers place medical devices on the market for permanent implantation, they should take every precaution possible. Unfortunately, many manufacturers fail to abide by this legal duty to protect patients. When this occurs, an injured person should seek compensation from a knowledgeable attorney.
Hernia Mesh Complications
Hernias can arise in various ways, but most commonly occur from heavy lifting, obesity, and coughing. Some hernias are present at birth.
All hernias require surgical repair and surgeons use permanently-implanted mesh for these procedures. When the mesh is defective, patients suffer complications, including:
- Adhesions and abdominal pain
- Bowel obstruction
- Migration and bunching of the mesh
Other possible consequences of defective mesh may consist of liver problems, fistulas, renal failure, neurological problems, and joint pain.
In some cases, faulty mesh causes lifelong medical problems that require ongoing treatment and additional surgeries. Patients harmed by mesh can hold negligent manufacturers accountable for their defective products.
Establishing Liability for Defective Medical Devices
When patients agree to have their surgeons implant medical devices in their bodies for hernia repair, they assume the device is safe. However, even with the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the device can still be hazardous to consumers. In many cases, thousands of patients must suffer injuries before the device manufacturer, or the government removes the device from the market.
Some companies can fast-track new medical devices through the FDA approval process because they are similar to products already approved by the agency. As a result, patients become the unwitting recipients of never previously tested on humans. This fast-track process leads to defective medical devices that cause injuries to patients.
Injuries Caused by Defective Mesh Products
Defective hernia mesh causes injury when moves or shrinks inside the abdomen. This causes a number of serious medical problems, including:
- Severe pain
- Nerve damage
- Abdominal infections
- Bowel adhesions & infections
- Intestinal perforations
- Hernia recurrence
- Irritable bowels
- High fever
- Urinary issues
A hernia mesh attorney in Michigan can recover compensation for patients who have suffered injuries after a defective hernia mesh surgery.
Filing a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
Manufacturers of defective consumer products are liable for injuries resulting from their products. When implanted hernia mesh fails, causes medical problems, or requires corrective surgery, the manufacturer can be sued for the injuries.
Hernia mesh lawsuits are being filed against several manufacturers, including:
- Gore Medical
- LifeCell Corporation
- Atrium Medical
- Braun Melsungen, AG
- R. Bard
The cases demand damages for pain and suffering, lost income, and medical expenses. Many patients require additional surgeries and become disabled due to bad mesh. The compensation payouts can be substantial.
Work with a Michigan Hernia Mesh Attorney
Product liability claims allow consumers to seek justice from the big companies that have harmed them by producing faulty products. When innocent people suffer harm from these products, a Michigan hernia mesh lawyer can help.
Call our experienced lawyers today for free legal advice and to get started on your case. There are no legal fees whatsoever unless you receive a settlement check.
There are strict time deadlines for filing defective product lawsuits. If you miss the deadline, your claim is barred forever.
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