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Defense Motions Denied, Hernia Mesh Trial to Go Forward in January

By Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP

The federal judge in charge of the Bard Hernia Mesh multidistrict litigation (MDL) has denied the defense’s request to dismiss the hernia mesh lawsuits, clearing the way for a 2nd bellwether trial in January 2022.

C.R. Bard currently faces more than 8,000 product liability lawsuits brought throughout the federal court system, each involving similar allegations that the company sold dangerous and defective polypropylene hernia repair products in recent years, including Bard Ventralex, Bard Ventralight, Bard Perfix, Bard 3DMax and other mesh systems, which failed and caused plaintiffs to require additional surgery to remove the mesh from their body.

The hernia mesh medical devices have caused untold suffering, revision surgery, and disability for thousands of patients who, along with their doctors, assumed the Bard mesh products were safe and effective.  The sheer number of lawsuits coupled with the scientific evidence demonstrates that this is far from the truth.

Our firm has already filed several Bard hernia mesh lawsuits throughout the country. We have an extensive hernia, pelvic organ prolapse, and stress urinary incontinence mesh litigation, including settlement experience against several medical device manufacturers. If you or someone you know has suffered due to a Bard Ventralight ST mesh, the experienced medical device attorneys at Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP are here to protect your rights.

Hernia meshes are made of synthetic materials which are implanted in humans for life. Litigation will focus on the issues of mesh failure and related complications, most of which patients and the public have not been fully informed about. These include:

  • Polypropylene is a foreign material that incites an infectious process
  • Polypropylene shrinks, up to 80% of its original size
  • Polypropylene and other materials are not medical grade
  • Films on the mesh, like “ST” Seprafilm Technology, deteriorate and allow the mesh to grow into internal organs
  • Are failure rates for certain meshes notably higher than other meshes?
  • Are complications associated with a certain type of mesh more serious which require a more serious revision surgery?
  • Do failed meshes adhere to the small bowel and require hours of surgery to fix?

PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED HERNIA MESH

  • Infection can occur deep in the abdominal area, especially if it erodes into the small bowel intestines
  • Recurrence of the hernias due to mesh rejectionmigration or failure
  • Inflammation and chronic pain
  • Internal scar tissue known as “adhesions” which result from foreign body reactions

Our mass tort attorneys have years of experience in handling medical device lawsuits, including mesh lawsuits. We can help you determine if you have a potential claim. We have handled cases in New York, New Jersey, and nationwide.

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