Lawsuits allege that numerous hernia mesh devices have caused serious complications because they are defective.
The lawsuits allege that hernia mesh devices manufactured by Bard, Covidien and Ethicon are defective.
The symptoms of hernia mesh failure include hernia recurrence, bacterial infection, perforation of blood vessels or organs, abscesses in the groin or abdomen, and swelling or pain at the incision site.
Hernia mesh failures can lead to complications such as migration, liver damage, kidney failure, seroma, testicular, abdominal, groin and leg pain, bowel obstruction, adhesions and infections.
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Hernia Mesh Lawsuit 2023 Latest News And Updates
- On September 18, 2023, U.S. District Judge Patti Saris agreed to a proposal by plaintiffs wherein six hernia mesh claims will end up being bellwether cases in a multidistrict litigation, with two of the cases selected for early 2025. The defendants wanted all six cases to be prepared at the same time, but the plaintiffs argued this would overburden the court and the judge agreed.
- Bard’s request for the two final bellwether cases in the hernia mesh injury to be replaced has been denied by a U.S. district judge. Bard argued that the injuries suffered by the plaintiffs aren’t representative of other claims in the litigation since their injuries worsened since their complaints were filed. One of the plaintiffs lost a testicle because of hernia mesh complications and the other plaintiff will need additional surgeries and may lose a testicle as well.
- On July 13, 2023, the FDA released information about surgical mesh which is used to repair hernias. The information includes an acknowledgment that the risks of repairing hernias with mesh include shrinkage or migration of the mesh.
- In July 2023, an updated schedule for the bellwether trial in the hernia mesh MDL was released. The bellwether trial remains on track to begin on October 16, 2023.
- In May 2023, Johnson & Johnson, as well as Ethicon Inc., told a federal judge in Georgia that they had reached a settlement. The settlement was over 161 cases which alleged that a hernia mesh had a defective design which led to consumers being seriously injured. The judge was asked to dismiss the 161 cases.
- In March 2023, U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus rescheduled a bellwether trial in the hernia mesh MDL for October 16, 2023. The lawsuit alleges that a patient suffered painful complications after having a hernia repaired using a Bard PerFix Plug, claiming the device’s design is defective.
- In January 2023, a lawsuit was filed alleging that a woman experienced chronic pain and adhesions and needed an additional surgery after having a Covidien Symbotex umbilical hernia mesh implanted inside her. The lawsuit alleges the device is defective.
- In August 2022, $4.8 million was awarded by a Rhode Island jury regarding complications from a Bard Ventralex patch. The plaintiff required revision surgery in order for the mesh to be removed, and also required a bowel resection, leaving him unable to work and permanently injured. Reports suggest the $4.8 million may increase to $7.68 million due to interest.
- In July 2022, U.S. District Judge Edmund Sargus, Jr. rejected a motion which Bard filed in order to attempt to overturn a jury award of $255,000 in a trial regarding a Bard hernia mesh.
- In April 2022, Bard was ordered to pay $255,000 to plaintiffs in a lawsuit which alleged that a Bard Ventralex Hernia Patch was defective and caused complications including small bowel fistula, infection and the need for additional surgery.
- A March 2022 research letter indicated that 16 percent of patients who need a hernia repair surgery will require an additional surgery within 10 years.
- In February 2022, a lawsuit was filed alleging that a Covidien Symbotex hernia mesh was defective and led to an abscess, adhesions, infected mesh, painful inflammation and the need for four additional surgeries.