Many a hernia mesh lawsuit lawyer, across the United States are filing hernia mesh lawsuits. These lawsuits have been filed on behalf of aggrieved victims suffering from injuries and complications caused by hernia mesh medical devices.  Hernia mesh symptoms could occur immediately after mesh is implanted. In some cases there could be hernia mesh problems years later. Attorneys for aggrieved individuals have filed individual lawsuits alleging that certain brands of hernia mesh are defective. We started this hernia mesh liability information center to address a real lack of reliable information on the internet about hernia mesh particularly Ethicon Physiomesh™. Victim’s across the United States and Canada are seeking good, current and real information concerning hernia mesh claims. Victims are seeking information about hernia mesh settlement 2017 and the possibility of surgical mesh settlements 2018. This surgical mesh information portal explains this often searched issue: “know before you file hernia mesh lawsuit.”

Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Lawyer Seeking Justice and Compensation on behalf of victims

Defective medical device attorneys are seeking justice and compensation on behalf of innocent victims who have suffered serious pain and suffering. We are helping victim’s hold Johnson and Johnson’ corporate subsidiary Ethicon and other corporate entities liable for the device the manufactured. Plaintiff’s attorneys have alleged that such medical devices have caused pain and suffering to victims in the United States and Canada.

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Hernia Mesh made of non-absorbable polypropylene such as Physiomesh™

This hernia mesh liability information portal primarily focuses on hernia mesh medical devices made of non-absorbable polypropylene. Another focus of this information portal is Ethicon Physiomesh™ manufactured by Johnson and Johnson’s subsidiary Ethicon. Unfortunately, there is no way to determine what an average hernia mesh settlement should be.

Hernia Mesh Cases we are reviewing:

We are currently reviewing potential cases of the following types of hernia mesh, made of non-absorbable polypropylene that may have caused injuries and pain and suffering:

Ethicon:
 Physiomesh

Covidien: (Formerly Tyco):
Parietex
 Parietex Composite Ventral Patch,
 Parietex ProGrip Self-Fixating Mesh
 Parietex Optimized Composite Mesh
 Parietex Plug and Patch System
 Parietex Composite Open Skirt (PCO OS) Mesh
 Parietex Optimized Open Skirt Mesh
 Parietex Composite Parastomal (PCO PM) Mesh
 Parietex Composite Hiatal Mesh (PCO 2H)
 Parietex Hydrophilic Anatomical Mesh
 Parietex Folding Mesh
 Parietex Flat Sheet Mesh
 Parietex Lightweight Monofilament Mesh

Atrium:
 C-Qur
 C-Qur Mosaic
 C-Qur Edge
 C-Qur TacShield
 C-Qur Lite Mesh V-Patch
 C-Qur Mesh V-Patch

  • C-Qur (entire line except for C-Qur FX & C-Qur CentriFX)

Bard/ Davol:
 Visilex
 Composix
 Composix EX
 Spermatex
 3D Max
Sepramesh
 Perfix Plug
 Ventralex
 Kugel
 Composix Kugel
 Ventrio
 Ventrio ST
 Marlex

 

How many Physiomesh hernia mesh implants?

 According to Drug Watch, “Ethicon sold about 330,000  Physiomesh™  hernia mesh implants worldwide. It sold about 50 percent of those products in the U.S., according to plaintiffs. Ethicon voluntarily pulled the mesh from the market in May 2016 after it found higher rates of reoperation and hernia recurrence.” More Here

What is going on now with hernia Mesh Cases?

 Let start by dispelling a myth that is floating around: These hernia mesh cases are not a class action. Again, we repeat, these cases are not class actions. These hernia mesh claims against Johnson and Johnson and their subsidiary Ethicon are currently before the Judicial Panel on multidistrict litigation (MDL). These cases are now Multidistrict litigation Case MDL No.2782 , “In re Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible composite Hernia Mesh Products Liability Litigation”

What is the current status of these Physiomesh™ hernia mesh cases?

Plaintiff’s attorneys have filed a motion to transfer all their cases to the “Middle District of Florida, or in the alternative, to the Southern District of Illinois.” The Plaintiff’s lawyers in their brief cite, 28 U.S Code Section 1407 – Multidistrict litigation, in support of their motion.**

The attorneys for the injured parties argue that Physiomesh™ devices “were defectively designed” and “failed to provide appropriate warnings” resulting in  the Defendant’s “voluntarily withdrew the Physiomesh™ device from the market.” BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR TRANSFER TO THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA, OR IN THE ALTERNATIVE TO THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS, PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. § 1407  – Details here

(Editor’s notes | update 6/2/17:  The Panel on Multi District Litigation ordered that “IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the actions listed on Schedule A and pending outside the Northern District of Georgia are transferred to the Northern District of Georgia and, with the consent of that court, assigned to the Honorable Richard W. Story for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings.  Transfer order)

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The Plaintiff’s argue that these cases should be heard before one Court and one Justice in the Middle District of Florida. Id. The Plaintiff’s counsel argue that the first case was filed in that district and the most amount of cases are pending there. Id.

Johnson and Johnson for their part opposed the victims motion to transfer. “Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Ethicon Inc. on April 13 opposed a motion by nine plaintiffs to centralize federal lawsuits alleging injury from the Physiomesh Flexible Composite hernia patch (In Re: Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh Products Liability Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2782, JPMDL).”  Lexis legal news

On May 25th, 2017, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) will hold “a hearing to determine whether it should consolidate all Ethicon Physiomesh™ lawsuits filed in federal courts (MDL No. 2782)” The Driscoll firm PC.

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What types of complications and side effects may be caused by hernia mesh:

Hernia mesh side effects and complications may include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Adhesions
  • Obstructions
  • Mesh migration
  • Bacterial infections
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Additional surgeries to treat hernia recurrence

Some complications may be so severe that they may even lead to death.

What does the FDA describe as “adverse events” caused by hernia mesh

“Based on FDA’s analysis of medical device adverse event reports and of peer-reviewed, scientific literature, the most common adverse events for all surgical repair of hernias—with or without mesh—are pain, infection, hernia recurrence, scar-like tissue that sticks tissues together (adhesion), blockage of the large or small intestine (obstruction), bleeding, abnormal connection between organs, vessels, or intestines (fistula), fluid build-up at the surgical site (seroma), and a hole in neighboring tissues or organs (perforation).

The most common adverse events following hernia repair with mesh are pain, infection, hernia recurrence, adhesion, and bowel obstruction. Some other potential adverse events that can occur following hernia repair with mesh are mesh migration and mesh shrinkage (contraction).

Many complications related to hernia repair with surgical mesh that have been reported to the FDA have been associated with recalled mesh products that are no longer on the market. Pain, infection, recurrence, adhesion, obstruction, and perforation are the most common complications associated with recalled mesh. In the FDA’s analysis of medical adverse event reports to the FDA, recalled mesh products were the main cause of bowel perforation and obstruction complications” Source FDA

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Did Johnson and Johnson recall “ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™?

No. technically, Johnson and Johnson’s actions in the United States did not constitute a recall. However, on May 27th, 2016  a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, Ethicon, issued an urgent medical device removal of its “ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™ Flexible Composite Mesh (All Product Codes)

In the letter, Johnson and Johnson stated, “We have initiated a worldwide medical device removal of ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™ Flexible Composite Mesh (for laparoscopic use) (“ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™ Composite Mesh”). We are removing the product following an analysis conducted at the request of the Ethicon Medical Safety Team of unpublished data from two (2) large independent hernia registries (Herniamed German Registry and Danish Hernia DatabaseDHDB). The recurrence/reoperation rates (respectively) after laparoscopic ventral hernia repair using ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™ Composite Mesh were higher than the average rates of the comparator set of meshes among patients in these registries. ” Medical Device Removal of Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh Page 1 of 7

The removal letter went on to state in pertinent part, “Based on the currently available data, we believe the higher rates to be a multifactorial issue (including possible product characteristics, operative and patient factors), but we have not been able to fully characterize these factors. Consequently, we have not been able at this time to issue further instructions to surgeons that might lead to a reduction in the recurrence rate and have decided to remove ETHICON PHYSIOMESH™ Composite Mesh from the global market. Medical Device Removal of Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh Page 1 of 7

 

** in their brief in support of their transfer motion Plaintiff’s hernia mesh lawyers argue:

  • “All of the plaintiffs in the constituent cases claim that the devices implanted in their bodies were defectively designed and/or manufactured, and that the defendants failed to provide appropriate warnings and instructions regarding the dangers posed by these devices” BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS’ MOTION FOR TRANSFER TO THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA, OR IN THE ALTERNATIVE TO THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS, PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. § 1407 
  • The Brief goes on to state, “The defendants ultimately voluntarily withdrew the   Physiomesh device from the market in May 2016, which Plaintiffs intend to establish was a direct consequence of the frequency and severity of the complications experienced with this product worldwide.” Id.
  • “The plaintiffs herein suffered serious and often permanent physical injuries from the implantation of the Physiomesh, often requiring additional surgeries, additional medical expenses, and unresolved medical complications. Where applicable, these implant plaintiffs’ spouses have alleged claims for loss of consortium.” Id.

28 U.S. Code § 1407 – Multidistrict litigation

*** ”When civil actions involving one or more common questions of fact are pending in different districts, such actions may be transferred to any district for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings. Such transfers shall be made by the judicial panel on multidistrict litigation authorized by this section upon its determination that transfers for such proceedings will be for the convenience of parties and witnesses and will promote the just and efficient conduct of such actions.” 28 U.S. Code § 1407 – Multidistrict litigation

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