A hernia mesh patch is a medical device that is surgically implanted over or under a patient’s hernia site in order to prevent more ruptures of the abdominal wall. As a medical device and procedure that has been widely approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), countless hernia mesh patches have been used to help patients throughout the years. However, not all hernia mesh devices are made the same; there can even be variations of quality between one machining of a certain model of the device and the next.
When quality control is disregarded and defective hernia mesh patches are allowed to enter the market, it is the patient who suffers the most. A defect patch can slip away from the hernia site, deteriorate, trigger an allergic reaction, and much more. In any circumstance, the defect could cause immediate and severe harm to the patient.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction to hernia mesh, or complications from the device can include:
- Redness, swelling, and strong pain at the surgery location.
- Severe infection or infection-related illness.
- Reoccurrence of hernia – requires additional surgery to correct.
- Persistent and high fever.
- Unexplained rashes, not necessarily just on the abdomen.
- Chronic headache or uncharacteristic migraines.
- Joint stiffness and pain.
- Painful or dangerous constipation.
- Nausea, vomiting, and dizzy spells.
Many patients suffering from the side effects of a defective hernia mesh patch do not even know the medical device is the cause, as they do not experience the pain or irritation around the hernia. This does not make the symptoms any less dangerous. If you have received a surgical hernioplasty that included the use of a hernia mesh device and have suffered any of the aforementioned symptoms and complications, you may have underlying, life-threatening health concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact your physician at your first opportunity.
Seeking Compensation in a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit
Medical product manufacturers should be held to the absolute highest standard of safety and device design. If a defective hernia mesh patch has caused you harm, the company that created it should be held accountable for their negligence. Otherwise, the same model or brand of hernia mesh patch might stay on the market and cause similar harm to another person.
Let Bertram & Graf, L.L.C. help you stand up to the opposition and fight for every last cent in compensation and damages that you deserve. With extensive legal experience handling the most complicated of injury claims, mostly centered on product liability laws, you can rest when we are the legal professionals managing your case on your behalf.
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