A hernia mesh defective products litigation case against J&J subsidiary, Ethicon has begun the initial steps of the discovery process. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on November 5, the notice details 37 cases selected for inclusion in the initial discovery pool. Plaintiffs in the case allege that Ethicon’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh is defectively designed.
The serious alleged injuries identified in the lawsuit include pain, infection, and hernia recurrence. While Ethicon’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh was approved by the FDA, the product experienced a subsequent recall in 2016 following complaints by product users. The injuries stemming from alleged product deficiencies have been a leading factor in the mass torts lawsuit. The parties will ultimately be required to finalize and submit 10 cases for trial no later than February 14, 2019.
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Surgical mesh is frequently used to provide additional support to tissue after a surgery. In the case of a hernia, where an organ or tissue squeezes through surrounding muscles or tissues, the mesh is used to provide strength and support to the medical repair at the site of the hernia. Complications typically occur when the hernia site does not respond well to the implanted mesh, or when the mesh is improperly designed and incapable of providing the designed function.
The defendants are alleged to have defectively designed and manufactured the hernia mesh, resulting in a higher risk of painful and debilitating side effects from the mesh implant. Furthermore, the defendants allegedly conducted unsatisfactory pre-market testing and failed to warn the medical community and product users of potential risks.
Hernia mesh lawsuits and other defective products lawsuits may be more common than you think. In the case of Ethicon’s Physiomesh, there are approximately 1,450 pending lawsuits. If you or a loved one have been treated with Ethicon’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh, consider partnering with an experienced defective devices lawyer who could advocate on your behalf. Schedule an appointment to start discussing your potential legal options.