Surgical mesh is woven material that is placed below the skin in order to correct various types of bodily malfunctions. They were designed in the 1950’s primarily to correct hernias of the abdomen. The mesh material acts as a patch to path abdominal holes to prevent intestines and other structures and tissues from passing and protruding through the abdominal wall.
Surgical meshes have been associated with abdominal hernias. However, recently, surgical meshes have been created for other applications, each with different functions as well as associated risks.
What are Some Dangers Associated with Surgical Meshes?
Surgical meshes are associated with specific types of risks and dangers, which may include the following:
- Organ perforation through the mesh
- Erosion of the mesh
- Unsuccessful retrieval or removal of the mesh
- Adhesion (where loops of intestine attach to the mesh or to other intestinal parts)
- Various types of injury to organs, blood vessels, or nerves
In particular, transvaginal meshes used to treat incontinence or pelvic prolapse can lead to very serious injuries in women. In all surgical mesh cases, if the patient’s tissue has grown into the mesh, final removal may not always be possible.
Are There any Legal Remedies for Surgical Mesh Injuries?
Surgical mesh injuries can lead to legal action for damages. This will usually cover expenses such as additional medical costs and hospital bills. The lawsuit may be based on various legal theories, such as:
- Medical malpractice (for instance, if a medical professional was negligent in connection with a mesh)
- Surgical errors
- Product liability for defective products
Some surgical mesh cases can be filed in a class action manner, especially if many patients or consumers are affected by the same type of issue.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help with a Surgical Mesh Lawsuit?
Surgical meshes can present some very distinct risks and side effects; these in turn can lead serious injuries or even death. You may need to hire a personal injury attorney in your area if you or a loved one you know has been affected by a surgical mesh. Your lawyer can provide you with legal research and guidance for your case. Personal injury laws are different in each state, but your lawyer can represent you during the legal process.