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Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

Hernia mesh lawsuits are legal claims against hernia mesh manufacturers filed by people who suffered serious injuries after their hernia mesh implants failed. As of August 2023, over 24,000 hernia mesh lawsuits were pending. The third Bard bellwether trial is scheduled for October 2023.

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Latest Updates for Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

Several hernia mesh lawsuits are currently active, and new cases continue to be filed while trials in existing cases are pending. The third bellwether trial against C.R. Bard will begin in October 2023 in U.S. Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Hernia mesh manufacturers Ethicon and Atrium agreed to confidential settlements in 2021. But active cases remain in multidistrict litigation in 2023 and may still go to trial.

Latest hernia mesh updates include:
  • August 2023: Current hernia mesh MDL case numbers by manufacturer are: C.R. Bard – 20,126; Ethicon – 565; Covidien – 601; Atrium – 3,378.
  • July 2023: Current hernia mesh MDL case numbers by manufacturer are: C.R. Bard – 19,935; Ethicon – 565; Covidien – 546; Atrium – 3,377.
  • April 2023: Ethicon dismisses several cases from the MDL, which remains open despite a confidential settlement in September 2021.
  • March 2023: The judge reschedules the third hernia mesh bellwether trial, Stinson v. C.R. Bard, et al., from May 2023 to October 16, 2023.
  • February 2023: The C.R. Bard MDL now has 18,813 pending claims.
  • April 2022: A jury awards Antonio Milanesi a $255,000 verdict against C.R. Bard in the second bellwether trial.
  • December 2021: The judge grants a Motion to Establish a Qualified Settlement Fund in the Atrium MDL. The settlement terms are confidential, but Atrium reportedly set aside $66 million.
  • September 2021: Ethicon agrees to a confidential global settlement.
  • August 2021: First hernia mesh bellwether trial ends in a win for defendant C.R. Bard.

The first bellwether trial resulted in a win for the defense, manufacturer C.R. Bard. The second trial ended in a modest $255,000 verdict in favor of the plaintiff.

In August 2022, the jury in a state case in Rhode Island against Becton Dickinson, a C.R. Bard subsidiary, delivered a $4.8 million verdict. Attorneys have said this large jury verdict could play a part in pushing for a global settlement.

Hernia Mesh Multidistrict Litigation

The hernia mesh lawsuits are multidistrict litigations. MDLs combine lawsuits filed by plaintiffs with similar claims against the same defendant. They only exist in the federal justice system.

“The main benefit of being part of an MDL for anybody is the cost,” noted Trent Miracle, a trial attorney and pharmaceutical litigation expert with law firm Simmons Hanly and Conroy.

In an MDL, legal costs for depositions, experts and trials are shared by all the claimants in the MDL. As a result, no single person shoulders all the financial burden, and plaintiffs incur lower legal fees.

As of Aug. 15, 2023, there were 24,670 pending MDL hernia mesh lawsuits awaiting trial before federal court.

The following manufacturers are subject to pending MDL dockets:
  • Atrium: There are 3,378 open and pending C-Qur mesh product cases.
  • Bard Davol: There are 20,126 open and pending polypropylene hernia mesh lawsuits cases.
  • Ethicon: There are 565 open and pending Ethicon Flexible Composite Physiomesh lawsuits.

In MDL lawsuits, claimants keep their status as plaintiffs. They have their own attorney and trial when the case goes before the courts or to mediation. This is unlike class-action lawsuits, where one or more representative plaintiffs file a lawsuit on behalf of a group of injured parties.

Why Are People Filing Hernia Mesh Lawsuits?

People are filing hernia mesh lawsuits because they claim that the hernia mesh used to treat their condition failed. This led to severe injuries and complications requiring additional revision surgery.

Hernia mesh lawsuits claim:
  • Defective product design
  • Defective product manufacturing
  • Improper product labeling that failed to warn patients and doctors about the risk of hernia mesh failure and complications
  • Malpractice committed by the plaintiff’s doctor who implanted the faulty mesh

Patients are suing hernia mesh manufacturers for damages. This includes compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering and loss of quality of life. Many claimants are dealing with ongoing problems caused by the hernia mesh implant that revision surgery could not fix.

Complications Named in the Lawsuits

People who filed lawsuits had hernia mesh complications so severe they needed at least one additional surgery to fix their problems. Some required more. And many people claim their complications continued after revision surgery.

Hernia mesh complications include:
  • Adhesion: Mesh implant sticks to other organs and tissue.
  • Bowel Obstruction: The hernia mesh sticks to the intestines or moves around in the body, blocking the bowel.
  • Delayed or Long-Term Complications: Chronic pain, adhesions or hernia recurrence may occur years after the original surgery.
  • Groin or Testicular Pain: A burning sensation at the surgery site caused by pinched nerves after hernia mesh surgery.
  • Hernia Recurrence: The hernia may return if the mesh fails. It's a common complication of hernia surgery.
  • Infection: Chronic inflammation around the hernia mesh may lead to infection.
  • Mesh Failure: Implant causes problems, such as pain and hernia recurrence, and must be removed.
  • Migration: Hernia mesh moves from the initial surgery site to other parts of the body.
  • Pain: If pain lasts months or years after hernia mesh surgery, it may lead to nerve damage or chronic inflammation.
  • Perforation of Organs or Tissues: The hernia mesh punctures other body parts during migration.
  • Revision Surgery: One or more surgeries are needed, depending on the severity of complications, to remove faulty hernia mesh.
  • Seromas: Pockets of fluid build up around the surgery site.

If you’ve experienced hernia mesh complications and your doctor recommended revision surgery, you may be able to file a hernia mesh lawsuit.

Who Qualifies to File a Hernia Mesh Lawsuit?

You may be eligible to file a hernia mesh lawsuit if you had hernia mesh surgery and experienced serious complications, especially if you received mesh made by Ethicon, Atrium, Covidien or Bard Davol.

It is important to contact an attorney right away to make sure your lawsuit is filed in time and to discuss the details of your case. There are a few basic eligibility requirements that may vary depending on the patient or law firm accepting cases.

Eligibility criteria include:
  • A surgeon said you need additional surgery because of complications
  • Additional surgery scheduled because of complications
  • Had original hernia repair surgery with mesh on or after Jan. 1, 2006
  • Had serious injuries, including adhesions, hernia recurrence, intestinal blockage, mesh migration, organ perforation or infection, more than 30 days from original date of surgery
  • Needed hernia revision surgery or additional surgery because of complications
  • Told you needed surgery because of complications but cannot have it because of medical issues

Before you file a lawsuit, make sure you know the brand and manufacturer of your mesh implant. Your medical records should list this information. If you can’t get your records, a lawyer may be able to help you find them.

You should also know the dates of your initial hernia mesh surgery and your revision surgery. Before your revision surgery, make arrangements to preserve the old hernia mesh that will be removed. A court order in 2018 set rules to store and preserve the faulty hernia mesh so that it can be presented as evidence in potential lawsuits.

Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Verdicts and Settlements

So far, there have been no publicly announced settlements for the current active MDL lawsuits against Covidien, Atrium, Bard and Ethicon. Lawyers typically wait to see what happens during a bellwether trial to gauge how much a case is worth.

The following list provides some indication of past settlement amounts in hernia mesh lawsuits:
  • August 2022: A jury in a state case in Rhode Island against Becton Dickinson, a C.R. Bard subsidiary, generated a $4.8 million verdict.
  • April 2022: A jury awarded Antonio Milanesi a $255,000 verdict against C.R. Bard in the second bellwether trial.
  • July 2021: Atrium agreed to a confidential settlement. Some sources reported an amount of $66 million.
  • September 2021: Ethicon agreed to a confidential settlement.
  • June 2011: Bard Davol settled 2,600 Kugel hernia patch lawsuits for $184 million.

Since each case is different, settlement amounts are hard to estimate. Lawyers and companies use several factors to determine hernia mesh settlement amounts. These include the severity and economic impact of the injuries suffered, the effect on quality of life and future financial and medical losses.

How to Choose a Hernia Mesh Lawyer

When you choose a hernia mesh lawyer, it’s important to find someone with experience handling litigation for hundreds or thousands of claimants. They should also have a strong background in cases against big corporations with large and well-funded legal teams.

Hernia mesh lawsuits are complicated and typically involve a lot of detailed and intricate science and law. Lawyers should have extensive experience in large injury litigations, be equipped to gather all proper evidence and have a track record of proving their client’s case before a judge or jury.

Please seek the advice of a medical professional before making health care decisions.