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Are you one of the thousands of people suffering from the painful complications caused by defective hernia mesh? Don't let the manufacturers' negligence go unchecked – contact a hernia mesh lawyer in New York City at The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff to learn more about how we can help get you the compensation you deserve.

When someone has a hernia, it means that an organ, tissue, or fatty tissue has pushed through the muscle wall and created a bulge or swelling in the body. The use of hernia mesh during surgery helps to provide additional support to the affected area and helps to keep the organ or tissue in its proper place, allowing the body to heal more effectively.

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Millions of people have undergone this seemingly straightforward procedure, trusting that the mesh would help them heal and recover. Unfortunately, some hernia mesh devices have been found to be defective, leading to severe complications and pain for patients who underwent the procedure. In fact, leading surgeons estimate that the complication rate for this surgery can range from 12% to 30%, meaning that a large number of patients – between 68,000 and 170,000 since 2012 – may have suffered due to defective mesh devices.

If you or a loved one has undergone hernia repair surgery with a mesh implant, you may be at risk of serious injuries such as hernia recurrence, bowel obstruction, adhesion to tissue, and more. Our team at The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff is currently investigating claims against medical manufacturers like Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon and Atrium Medical, whose surgical mesh implants have been linked to severe health complications. Contact us today to learn more about your legal options and how we can fight for your rights.

What is a Hernia Mesh and What’s the Problem With It?

A hernia mesh is a special device made of synthetic materials or animal tissues that helps to support weakened tissue during hernia surgery. It stops organs from slipping out of place and helps the tissue to heal properly. The mesh comes in different sizes and shapes, and it’s often used during hernia surgeries to prevent the hernia from coming back. In relation to this, not all hernia meshes are created equal. Some are meant to dissolve in the body, while others remain in place permanently.

So exactly what is the issue with these devices? Tens of thousands of people are filing lawsuits against the mesh implant manufacturers because of suffering numerous, extremely severe complications that occurred after they underwent the surgery. Some of the common issues patients have reported experiencing are:

  • Mesh failure
  • Infection
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Perforation (mesh causing tears in internal organs)
  • Adherence (mesh sticking to internal organs)
  • Migration (mesh moving from the original site)
  • Seroma (fluid buildup under the surface of the skin)

The use of hernia mesh can sometimes cause long-lasting problems for patients such as chronic pain, the need for more surgeries, and a decrease in quality of life. People who have suffered from these complications believe that the companies who made the mesh made defective products, labeled them wrongly, and didn't warn people about the potential risks. In some cases, doctors who implanted a faulty mesh may also be accused of malpractice

Over the years, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled several types of hernia mesh, despite its valuable role in helping patients recover. As a result of these recalls, many injured patients in the United States have filed lawsuits against major corporations that sell defective hernia mesh implants to make a profit.

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How to Tell if Your Hernia Mesh is Defective? 

If you think your hernia mesh might be defective, pay attention to these signs:

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Recurring hernia
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Fainting or loss of consciousness

If you notice any of these symptoms, see a doctor as soon as possible. They will examine you, run tests if needed, and determine if the hernia mesh is the cause of your issues. Early detection and treatment can help prevent further complications.

Who is Liable for Defective Hernia Mesh Devices?

If you've been harmed by a malfunctioning hernia mesh in New York, there are various liable parties that can be held accountable:

  • The company that designed the hernia mesh may be responsible if they didn't use safer alternative designs. 
  • The manufacturer of the hernia mesh can be held accountable if they produced a faulty product that caused harm. 
  • The company that sells the hernia mesh has a duty to ensure the products they sell are safe. 

These parties could be held liable if they failed to warn about known risks or didn't test the product thoroughly to ensure its safety. And here's more good news: the strict liability laws in New York allow you to hold manufacturers accountable for harm caused by their defective product – without having to prove negligence

This means you don't necessarily have to prove that the manufacturer was at-fault. Under New York product liability laws, the manufacturer can be held responsible for the harm caused by their product, regardless of their level of fault. This makes it easier for you to seek the compensation you deserve and hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.

Fight Back Against Defective Hernia Mesh Implants – Call Us for Legal Help

If you or a loved one has suffered from defective hernia mesh, you could be eligible for compensation. Don't wait until it's too late; New York law has strict time limits – usually three years (two years for a wrongful death claim) – on filing a lawsuit. 
At The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, we are handling a range of hernia mesh lawsuits in New York, including claims involving: 

  • Ethicon Mesh 
  • Ventralight Hernia Mesh
  • Atrium ProLite Ultra Mesh
  • Atrium C-Qur Mesh
  • Kugel Patch Hernia Mesh
  • Versatex Monofilament Hernia Mesh

Let us help you understand legal options for recovering compensation, and join us in holding these medical manufacturers responsible for putting potentially deadly products on the market. Call us at 212-962-1020 or get in touch with us online to schedule your free case evaluation. 

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