C.R. Bard Hernia Mesh Complications Lawsuit

Thousands of people have sued C.R. Bard over serious injuries related to hernia mesh implants. Victims allege C.R. Bard hernia mesh is defective and had an unreasonable risk of failure and complications.

If you or a loved one suffered complications from this company’s hernia mesh products, it is important to review your legal options. Our experienced defective medical devices lawyers at Lynch Law Firm, PC offer a free, no-obligation legal consultation. We also charge no upfront fees to represent injured victims.

Our law firm has a proven history of results in injury cases, having recovered hundreds of millions for our clients. We are committed to securing full compensation from product manufacturers that put people at higher risk of injury.

Have questions about a C.R. Bard hernia mesh lawsuit? Call us today: (800)-518-0508.

Am I Eligible To Join the C.R. Bard Hernia Mesh Litigation?

While every claim is different, many people who meet the following criteria may be eligible to file a lawsuit:

  • You underwent hernia surgery at any point between January 1, 2006, and the present day, and received a C.R. Bard hernia mesh implant. The models named in lawsuits include Ventralex ST, Ventralex Patch, Perfix Plug, Kugle and Composix Kugel.
  • You dealt with serious injuries/complications more than one month after your procedure, such as development of another hernia, mesh migration, infection, chronic pain, intestinal blockage, perforation of an internal organ or adhesion.
  • You needed to have surgery to treat your complications, including hernia revision surgery.

If you meet this criteria, you will also need to provide detailed medical evidence of your original hernia surgery and subsequent treatment for complications.

We strongly recommend that you discuss your situation with an experienced lawyer. That is the best way to determine if you may have a viable case. An experienced lawyer can also explain what your case may be worth and the next steps you need to take.

Complications Linked to C.R. Bard Hernia Mesh Products

Thousands of C.R. Bard hernia mesh lawsuits have cited numerous complications, some of which include:

  • Infections near the implantation site, often caused by inflammation created by the mesh
  • Rejection of the implant
  • Chronic, debilitating pain and discomfort, which could cause nerve damage
  • Mesh migration, which means the mesh moved from the implant site, damaging surrounding organs and tissues
  • Obstruction of the bowels
  • Pain in the groin or testicles, often described as a burning sensation caused by a pinched nerve
  • Adhesion of the mesh to other organs or tissue
  • Return of the hernia
  • Build up of fluid around the site of surgery, called a seroma

These complications not only lead to mounting medical expenses, but also severe emotional distress and unnecessary physical pain and suffering. The pain can make it harder to work, complete daily tasks at home and put a strain on relationships.

These are just a few reasons why thousands of people who have dealt with serious injuries and complications from C.R. Bard hernia mesh products have filed lawsuits. Product manufacturers should be held accountable when they put patients at a higher risk of injury.

Why Are These Complications Occurring?

The hernia mesh products named in lawsuits are made of polypropylene, which is a composite plastic. However, the manufacturer of this plastic has a Material Safety Data Sheet telling buyers that the plastic should not be permanently implanted in the body.

Polypropylene is likely to erode/degrade soon after implantation. As this plastic erodes, it increases the surface area for bacteria to cling to, which can release toxins into the body. This reaction has been linked to various complications, like:

  • Fibrosis
  • Adhesion
  • Recurrence of hernias
  • Rejection of the mesh
  • Infection

Another harmful material in these hernia mesh implants is polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE). This material was meant to make the mesh more stable. However, the material is too heavy, which can cause it to be absorbed into patients’ bodies and increase the risk of another hernia, mesh failure and adhesion.

What Are the Lawsuits Claiming?

C.R. Bard hernia mesh lawsuits make several allegations about how the company has put consumers at risk. The lawsuits allege that the company’s hernia mesh:

  • Has a defective design that causes complications
  • Has manufacturing defects
  • Was not properly labeled to warn doctors and patients about the chances of mesh failure and other complications

These lawsuits also claim the doctors who implanted the mesh engaged in malpractice.

The purpose of these lawsuits is not just to secure compensation for victims, but also to hold C.R. Bard accountable for putting patients at risk and prioritizing profits over safety. Defective medical device lawsuits may help improve safety standards and protect patients from injuries in the future.

If you think you may have a case, you need experienced legal assistance to optimize your chances of recovering the compensation you need. Defective medical device cases can be daunting, as the defendants in these cases are well funded and prepared to put up a good fight. Your lawyer needs to gather substantial medical evidence and expert testimonies to establish the link between the hernia mesh and your complications.

Contact Lynch Law Firm, PC today to learn more about how we may be able to help you. Phone: (800)-518-0508.

Compensation From a C.R. Bard Hernia Mesh Lawsuit

Victims of C.R. Bard hernia mesh may be able to seek various forms of compensation. For instance, you may need additional compensation for medical care to cover the costs of revision surgery and any ongoing treatment of hernia mesh complications or injuries.

Compensation may also be available for the following damages :

  • Lost wages and diminished earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Punitive damages, in cases of egregious negligence
  • And more

At Lynch Law Firm, PC, our goal is to maximize compensation for injured victims. While compensation does not erase the harm you suffered, it can help victims to move forward after a serious injury.

History of Hernia Mesh Recalls and FDA Warnings

Hundreds of thousands of hernia mesh products were recalled between 2005 and 2019. This includes the Bard Composix Kugel hernia patch, which happened back in 2005. These products contained a memory recoil ring that could break off and perforate patients’ bowels. The recall for this product was a Class 1 recall, which is the most serious type of recall.

Nine years later, in 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a safety communication about complications from hernia mesh. The six complications listed included:

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Hernia
  • Bowel perforation
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Adhesion

What Is Happening With the C.R. Bard Hernia Mesh Multidistrict Litigation?

As of April 1, 2024, there are 21,673 actions pending in the C.R. Bard, Inc., polypropylene hernia mesh multidistrict litigation. An MDL is a consolidated legal action with similar cases that is meant to help streamline the legal process. This MDL was formed in 2017 in the Southern District of Ohio.

More cases are being added each month, so you may be able to join the MDL to pursue compensation for your damages. However, there is limited time to act, so you need to contact an experienced lawyer to discuss your situation.

Have There Been Any Settlements or Verdicts?

There have been multiple bellwether trials in the hernia mesh MDL. The first resulted in a verdict for the defense. The second resulted in a $250,000 verdict for the plaintiff. The third bellwether trial resulted in a $500,000 verdict for the victim and the fourth may get underway in April of 2024.

Bellwether trials give both parties a better idea of how juries are likely to rule on the shared questions of fact in the thousands of existing cases. These trials may result in a settlement for many of the cases included in the MDL.

Call Lynch Law Firm, PC To Discuss a C.R. Bard Hernia Mesh Lawsuit

If you or your loved one suffered serious injuries, especially injuries that required revision surgery from a C.R. Bard hernia mesh, Lynch Law Firm, PC may be able to help you secure compensation. There is limited time to take legal action, so it is vital that you act quickly.

Call us to schedule a free legal consultation to learn if you may have a case. There are no upfront costs with our services, and we do not get paid unless our clients get paid.

Our attorneys have been recognized by the legal community for securing results for those we represent. For example, partner Jim Lynch is a past president of the New Jersey Association for Justice.

Experienced lawyers. Proven results. Call us today for legal assistance: (800)-518-0508.

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