Hernias occur when the body’s organs or fatty tissues press through weak spots in the muscle or connective tissues. The most common places hernias occur are the groin, belly button, and upper stomach. Hernias can grow worse over time without treatment. One of the possible treatments for hernias is hernia mesh – an implant that has become the standard for hernia repair. Hundreds of patients are now filing lawsuits against hernia mesh manufacturers for failed medical devices and resultant injuries. If you’re in this position in Fort Lauderdale, talk to a team of experienced personal injury attorneys, like those at the Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik, for skilled legal representation.
Physiomesh Lawsuits in Florida
Hernias appear due to a combination of weakness in the muscle and pressure on the organ/tissues. Lifting heavy objects, suffering from diarrhea or constipation, and persistent coughing can all contribute to the development of a hernia. To solve a hernia, doctors may recommend surgical or non-surgical treatments. One of the most popular surgical options is the implantation of surgical mesh. This medical device aims to provide support to weakened tissues, bolstering them to prevent future hernias. Hernia mesh can consist of synthetic or organic tissues and may be permanent or temporary.
Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Physiomesh device was one that doctors used for ventral and inguinal hernia repairs around the country. Physiomesh consists of polypropylene, a type of plastic. Several other Johnson & Johnson products have come under fire for using polypropylene. The company coated the plastic in an absorbable film for the Physiomesh. To the shock of many, the company issued an urgent Field Safety Notice in 2016 regarding the Physiomesh. The notice officially recalled the product, citing higher than usual hernia recurrences and re-operation rates following laparoscopic surgeries.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analyzed adverse event reports and research regarding hernia mesh devices. It found that the most common negative outcomes were hernia recurrence, pain, bacterial infection, adhesion, mesh shrinkage, mesh migration, and bowel obstruction. These are the most common symptoms sufferers cite with the recalled Physiomesh from Ethicon. The FDA stated that the most common issues with recalled mesh products were bowel perforation and obstruction. These medical issues can be extremely serious and even life threatening. Had Johnson & Johnson been more responsible with its device manufacture, thousands of patients may have avoided these harms.
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Injured patients have sought retribution for bacterial infections, swelling, hernia recurrence, and other harms relating to Physiomesh. If you recently underwent surgery to receive any type of hernia mesh, and are now experiencing pain or health complications, talk to our expert attorneys who have experience in hernia mesh lawsuits.
Our team at Chalik & Chalik has represented clients in lawsuits and class actions against Johnson & Johnson for the unsafe Physiomesh products, as well as in other hernia mesh suits. We can give you the information you need to make an educated decision about your future. You may learn that you’re eligible for compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, physical pain, and emotional suffering. Call today for a free no obligation consultation.
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