Recently, a Louisiana woman filed a product liability lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon, alleging that the Physiomesh device she received in 2012 for hernia treatment was responsible for serious personal injuries and the additional revision surgeries she needed to get the mesh removed. Others have followed and many of these plaintiffs are coming forward with horror stories about how the product has left them in constant pain unable to carry on their usual every day activities. If you have suffered serious side effects as a result of a defective Physiomesh patch, do not hesitate to contact an experienced lawyer who can file a Physiomesh patch lawsuit for you.
What Are The Issues With Physiomesh?
Physiomesh is a flexible composite mesh that is used to repair and treat hernias as well as reinforce weaknesses in the abdominal wall, which could cause hernias. A hernia occurs when an organ or fatty tissue squeezes through a weak spot in a surrounding muscle or connective tissue, called fascia. Surgeons implant the Physiomesh device over an opening in order to create a strong barrier to prevent your internal organs from squeezing through.
According to a number of reports and court documents, the Physiomesh hernia products have caused serious complications and side effects such as infections, organ perforations, inflammation, allergic reactions and even nerve damage. It’s even been implicated in the deaths of three people who received the mesh products. In addition, increasing concern among health officials in Canada has given rise to a class action lawsuit filed by patients who have undergone hernia surgery involving the implantation of a Physiomesh device.
What Is The Root Of These Lawsuits?
Much like vaginal mesh devices (also manufactured by Ethicon) that caused excruciating pain and agony for thousands of women, these hernia mesh devices are also products of a flawed regulatory system. New information has surfaced showing that the Physiomesh hernia device was also approved through the controversial 510 (k) process. Essentially, this process allows a medical product to bypass safety testing as long as the product is “substantially similar” to an already existing product. It’s a loophole for device manufacturers that fails to protect consumers.
Ethicon issued an “Urgent Field Notice” last year, recalling the Physiomesh Composite Mesh products because of failure rates that were “higher than the average” compared with similar products. Plaintiffs, however, allege that Ethicon and J&J were aware of the issues with Physiomesh all along, but failed to disclose that information to consumers and medical professionals.
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Product manufacturers have a duty and a responsibility to make products that are safe for consumers. When they fail to do so, they have a duty to warn consumers about the potential risks and dangers of using those products. If you or a loved one has suffered side effects as a result of Physiomesh hernia products, our law firm is working with some of the most experienced lawyers across the country who can help you. These lawyers do not charge any legal fees unless they obtain the settlement or award you are entitled to. Please call us toll free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online, to find out how we can help you.