ALERT!!! Hernia Mesh Device Used In Surgeries Voluntarily Withdrawn Due To Alarmingly High-Rates of Complications
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Mesh Voluntarily Withdrawn Based on High Rate of COmplications

Hernia Mesh Update May 1, 2017
The mesh attorneys at TheLawFirm.com were pleased to see that a Philadelphia jury returned a $20 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson for injuries suffered by a New Jersey woman after receiving a vaginal mesh device.

The plaintiff alleged that the Ethicon mesh was defective and that Ethicon failed to warn of the risks associated with the mesh implant. The jury awarded $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $17.5 million in punitive damages.

The Philadelphia pelvic mesh mass tort docket has almost two hundred cases pending, with the next one scheduled to go to trial on May 8. Over 30,000 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson in Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation.

Vaginal mesh was commonly implanted to relieve stress urinary incontinence, a leakage caused by exercise or coughing. In this case, the evidence showed that the mesh failed and the plaintiff began to suffer pain and discomfort when the polypropylene mesh started to erode inside her body. Doctors were unable to remove it all even after three more surgeries.

The mesh lawyers at TheLawFirm.com continue to represent women with vaginal mesh implanted, as well as men and women who suffered serious health consequences after having hernia mesh implanted. Polypropylene was used in both vaginal and hernia mesh.

If you had either hernia mesh or vaginal mesh implanted, call the mesh attorneys at TheLawFirm.com for a free consultation.

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Hernia Mesh Update April 20, 2017
The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com are proud to be involved in the Physiomesh Flexible Composite hernia mesh litigation against Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson. We have learned that, on May 25, 2017, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will hold a hearing on a plaintiffs’ motion to create a new MDL. Hundreds of thousands of Physiomesh devices have been sold worldwide, and, so far, 18 lawsuits are pending in 9 federal district courts.

Physiomesh is a synthetic mesh hernia repair device. Physiomesh has a unique design incorporating five distinct layers. This design was unique to Physiomesh. The hernia mesh lawyers at TheLawFirm.com believe that these layers caused or contributed to a variety of serious complications. Ethicon voluntarily withdrew Physiomesh hernia mesh from the market in May 2016. The hernia mesh attorneys at TheLawFirm.com believe that this voluntary recall was due to the frequency and severity of the complications being reported by Physiomesh patients.

The hernia mesh lawsuits charge that Physiomesh was defectively designed or manufactured, and that Ethicon failed to provide appropriate warnings and instructions regarding the dangers posed by this hernia mesh. TheLawFirm.com is receiving daily complaints that hernia mesh has caused problems, such as additional surgeries, additional medical expenses, and unresolved medical complications.

We are offering a free legal consultation and case evaluation to patients who believe they may be affected. If you'd like to learn more please call TheLawFirm.com to speak with a hernia mesh lawyer free of charge. This consultation does not cost you anything and is 100% free and confidential.

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Hernia Mesh Update April 14, 2017
The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com are not doctors. However, as we talk to the hundreds of patients who are calling us for legal advice following hernia mesh surgery, we are often asked for our advice. First, talk to your doctor. Second, from speaking to many hernia mesh patients, it seems to us that there is treatment for hernia mesh pain and most patients getting the right treatment recover.

Many of the patients who call TheLawFirm.com with hernia mesh call because they have developed chronic pain. We have learned through our research that hernia recurrence is a small risk. A patient with hernia mesh and chronic pain usually means that the hernia mesh is the cause of the pain. So we usually tell our hernia mesh pain clients to refuse to be told that the hernia mesh is not responsible.

The reason that hernia mesh causes pain is because your body sees the hernia mesh as foreign and your body responds with chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation causes pain. The pain could be from an error in surgical technique or because the mesh has moved but we have found from our clients that the mesh is probably responsible.

Imaging studies such as CT scan, MRI and ultrasound are for the most part worthless for evaluating a patient with hernia mesh pain. Imaging studies typically show nothing wrong with the mesh if in fact the mesh is visualized. However, on most imaging studies the mesh is invisible.

We highly recommend a second opinion if your doctor tells you that a hernia recurrence is causing your pain. Patients with chronic pain after mesh hernia surgery need to find doctors who have experience taking care of this condition.

Again, we are not offering medical advice. But call the hernia mesh attorneys at TheLawFirm.com if you got a hernia mesh implanted and it is now causing you additional medical problems.

Ethicon Physiomesh / Hernia Mesh Update For March 7, 2017

Despite the fact hernia mesh lawsuits are starting to gain a lot of traction, it’s still 10 months before the first case goes to trial, which means there is still plenty of time to have your case looked at by a professional at TheLawFirm.com.

While the name Matthew Huff won’t mean much to the thousands who were implanted with the hernia mesh Physiomesh manufactured by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Physiomesh, his case is landmark in that when it goes to trial on January 22, 2018, it will mark the first time the company will have to address charges that it knew about complications yet continued to allow the product to be used.

What Huff, and thousands of other Physiomesh patients are now experiencing, is the mesh breaking down far too quickly. This can cause bacterial infections - thereby damaging internal organs and/or allow the hernia to recur - and another surgery being the only way to fix the problem. Physiomesh is made of polypropylene, also found in transvaginal mesh, which has had its own slew of controversial lawsuits, most of which are now being settled.

Patients with failing Physiomesh report pain at the site of the hernia, fever and chills. If you have had a hernia repair surgery and a hernia mesh was used, it would be wise to follow-up with your doctor immediately. The specific type of mesh used can often be found on billing records or in a surgeon’s operative report.

In Huff’s case, he suffered from fever, chills, redness on his abdomen and severe pain at the site of her hernia, according to court records, less than two years following his 2013 surgery. When examined in 2015, surgeons found an infection around the Physiomesh, causing extensive damage to Huff’s abdomen and intestines including abscesses and fistulas.

Huff charges that Ethicon did not adequately test the long-term safety of Physiomesh. The case will be heard in Illinois’ Southern District, Huff’s home state.

Johnson & Johnson thankfully made the call to have Ethicon pull Physiomesh from the market in 2016, protecting future hernia patients from suffering needlessly like Huff, who originally filed his lawsuit on April 1, 2016. Nonetheless, it’s less than a year before judges and juries start deciding if Huff and others are deserving for the pain caused by their hernia mesh situations.

We are offering a free legal consultation and case evaluation to patients who believe they may be affected. If you'd like to learn more please call TheLawFirm.com to speak with a hernia mesh lawyer free of charge. This consultation does not cost you anything and is 100% free and confidential.

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If you or a loved one had complications or suffered a hernia recurrence after a hernia repair procedure you should know you aren’t alone. A large number of individuals throughout the United States have reported suffering severe and debilitating problems following Atrium C-Qur® and Ethicon Physiomesh® hernia mesh surgery. In fact, thousands of lawsuits are expected to be filed.

The hernia mesh lawyers at TheLawFirm.com are reviewing cases for individuals who have experienced complications following a hernia repair where the surgeon implanted Atrium C-Qur or Ethicon Physiomesh. TheLawFirm.com is currently accepting hernia mesh induced injury cases in all 50 states.

Both Physiomesh and C-Qur are a flexible composite mesh that are used to repair hernias and reinforce weaknesses in the abdominal wall which could cause hernias. Surgeons implant the mesh over an opening or weak spot on the abdominal wall. The idea is that the mesh creates a strong barrier to prevent your internal organs from squeezing through.

However, the failure rates for Atrium C-Qur and Ethicon Physiomesh mesh appear to be unreasonably high, potentially resulting in the need for revision surgery and leaving patients with permanent and debilitating health problems.

Both the Atrium C-Qur and Ethicon Physiomesh were introduced to the medical device market using the 510(k) FDA approval system. This system allows companies to introduce medical devices without rigorous pre-market research and studies. Both manufacturers only had to demonstrate that it was “substantially equivalent” to a previously approved hernia mesh system. As a result, the manufacturer was not required to conduct thorough testing or research to establish whether users may face an unreasonable risk of problems following C-Qur or Physiomesh hernia repair.

Johnson and Johnson Ethicon Physiomesh Hernia Mesh Update For February 18, 2017

Lawsuits continue to be filed against Johnson and Johnson and its Ethicon division. TheLawFirm.Com has learned that as many as 300,000 people have been implanted with its Physiomesh hernia mesh product since 2010.

In court documents dated Feb. 2, 2017, a Georgia woman filed suit claiming her Physiomesh hernia mesh caused severe pain and intestinal obstruction. The Ethicon hernia mesh was implanted into Connie Franklin on August 1, 2016, to repair a hernia recurrence.

She charges in the documents that Physiomesh was the reason for the hernia recurrence, saying the intestines were sticking through ruptured portions of the mesh, causing obstructions and sticking to the loops of her intestines. The August surgery came on the heels of a May 25, 2016 urgent field safety notice from Ethicon regarding Physiomesh. Health Canada issued a recall of Physiomesh the same day and the following month, the Australian equivalent of the FDA issued its own hazard alert.

“The central portion of the Physiomesh device was not incorporated into the abdominal wall and loops of Ms. Franklin’s intestines were protruding through the ruptured central portion of the mesh, and she suffered an intestinal obstruction. The mesh was densely adhered to the loops of Ms. Franklin’s intestines,” court documents revealed.

Lawyers at TheLawFirm.Com allege that Ethicon either knew or could have discovered problems with the Physiomesh hernia repair products much earlier. It is also alleged that proper warnings and instructions to physicians about the Physiomesh risks, could have helped many patients avoid severe and debilitating problems.

Far too many people have suffered because of the defective mesh design. Along with Franklin, many other patients who are suffering have reported symptoms such as infection, inflammation, delayed wound healing and many other complications. As the Physiomesh hernia mesh degrades inside of the patient, it can adhere to organs, causing tears including bowel perforations and erosion, fistula formation, bowel strangulation and many other injuries.

“Ms. Franklin underwent a prolonged surgical procedure to attempt to remove the Physiomesh from her intestines and to remove the mesh that failed to incorporate into the abdominal fascia. Portions of the Physiomesh could not be removed, and remain in Ms. Franklin’s body,” argue Franklin’s attorneys to the US District Court in just the latest lawsuit filed over the Physiomesh hernia mesh repair product.

According to the court filing, Physiomesh has a unique design not used in any other hernia repair product in the United States. The design features five layers: two are poliglecaprone-25 (“Monocryl”) film covering two underlying layers of polydioxanone film (“PDS”), which coat a single layer of polypropylene mesh.

TheLawFirm.com offers a free legal consultation and case evaluation to patients who believe they may be affected by Physiomesh hernia mesh. If you'd like to learn more, please call TheLawFirm.com to speak with a hernia mesh lawyer free of charge. This consultation does not cost you anything and is 100% free and confidential.

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C-QUR Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Update

On December 8, 2016, a panel of federal judges established a Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2753) to centralize all lawsuits involving people who suffered complications arising from the Atrium C-QUR Hernia mesh. The cases will be centralized in a New Hampshire U.S. District Court under Judge Landya B. McCafferty.

Atrium is the only company that sells hernia mesh coated in fish oil gel (Omega-3). The coating is intended to be an anti-inflammatory anti-adhesion barrier, but some patients have developed severe complications. One of these complications is major infection. In 2012, the FDA cited Atrium for poor manufacturing practices, noting 35 confirmed cases of hair being found in supposedly “sterile” devices.

Atrium issued a recall for over 100,000 units of C-QUR Mesh because exposure to high temperatures and moisture inside the package could cause the fish oil gel coating to peel off and stick to the inner packaging liner. However, this recall was only issued for the packaging, which is why the mesh itself was never pulled off the market.

The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com believe that this should have alerted Atrium to the possibility that the coating could peel off in a patient’s body.

Sadly, it is now believed that both the Ethicon Physiomesh and the Atrium C-Qur hernia mesh can cause major complications for patients. These complications can include:

• Mesh Erosion or Failure;
• Twisted or perforated bowel causing gastric ulcers or other intestinal problems, including infections like sepsis and gangrene;
• Infections;
• Slowly healing wounds;
• Chronic pain;
• Revision Surgery;
• Allergic Reactions (some mesh is covered with omega 3 fatty acids, called the O3FA layer. It now appears that some patients may suffer allergic reactions to the C-Qur O3FA layer) or
• Abdominal Pain, Bowel Adhesions, Ulcers or Organ Perforation.
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Atrium & Ethicon Responsible to compensate mesh patients

Due to the complications suffered by patients, Ethicon voluntarily withdrew Physiomesh from the market in May 2016.

For these reasons, it is alleged that both Atrium and Ethicon are responsible to compensate patients because they:

• Designed and sold a defective and unreasonably dangerous Hernia Mesh product;
• Failed to adequately research the Atrium C-Qur and Physiomesh;
• Knew or should have known about the potential risk of infections, allergic reactions, bowel damage and other internal injuries but withheld this information from patients and doctors;
• Failed to properly investigate reports of problems after the hernia mesh was introduced;
• Failed to warn about the risk of injury from Atrium C-Qur Mesh and Ethicon Physiomesh and
• Failed to promptly issue an Atrium C-Qur and Physiomesh recall after problems were discovered.
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Physiomesh risks, could have helped many patients avoid severe and debilitating problems

The hernia mesh attorneys at TheLawfirm.com also allege that both manufacturers either knew or could have discovered problems with the C-Qur and Physiomesh hernia repair products much earlier. It is also alleged that proper warnings and instructions to physicians about the C-Qur and Physiomesh risks, could have helped many patients avoid severe and debilitating problems.

Who should contact the hernia mesh attorneys at TheLawFirm.com?

You should contact us if any of the following are true:

• You underwent a hernia repair but are unsure if you received C-Qur or Physiomesh. It is not necessary to know the specific type of hernia repair patch used during your surgery. This information is available to the attorneys at TheLawFirm.com through your medical records;
• You had a hernia repair and got a mesh implanted and have had zero problems. Given the high rate of failure, it may be important to preserve your rights NOW;
• You underwent a hernia repair and are currently experiencing complications such as pain or infection;
• You underwent a hernia repair and suffered a mesh failure or other complication which required revision surgery (re-operation) or other medical treatment.
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We are offering a free legal consultation and case evaluation to patients who believe they may be affected. If you'd like to learn more please call TheLawFirm.com to speak with a hernia mesh lawyer free of charge. This consultation does not cost you anything and is 100% free and confidential.
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All cases are pursued under a contingency fee agreement, so there are no fees or expenses unless a recovery or settlement is obtained. Contact us for a free consultation and case evaluation. Every case has a deadline by which any Atrium C-Qur or Ethicon Physiomesh lawsuit must be filed, so it is important to review any potential claims as early as possible to make sure that your legal rights are protected.

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