Injuries May Include Bowel Perforation And Sepsis
In the world of drug and product liability, attorneys are not “one size fits all.” Medical device litigation requires experience with medical malpractice and defective product cases, and the resources to take on large, well-funded corporations. For this reason, some practices have made these lawsuits their main focus, if not their only one. Due to the numerous injuries related to mesh hernia patches, Kugel Mesh attorneys have poured considerable time and energy into preparing to represent the injured against the product’s manufacturer.
Davol, Inc. (a subsidiary of C.R. Bard, Inc.) first introduced the Composix Kugel Mesh Patch in 1997 for use in the repair of ventral (incisional) and inguinal (in the groin area) hernias. In 2002, a growing number of physicians began to report major abdominal injuries in their patients which stemmed from broken memory recoil rings in the patches. The memory recoil ring allows the mesh patch to be folded for insertion into the abdomen. Once correctly positioned, the patch springs back into a flat profile, sealing the hernia opening. Initially, Davol argued that the problem lay with incorrect usage on the part of surgeons and not with the product itself. However, when the company performed further testing of the patches, they found that there was a weakness in the place where the rings were welded together.
This information prompted a recall of the large and extra large oval patches. The FDA soon thereafter looked into Davol’s safety standards and methods of tracking problem reports, and found that the company was not overseeing product safety adequately. The recall of the Kugel Mesh patches was then expanded to include other lot numbers manufactured by Davol.
The Kugel Composix Patches subject to FDA recall include the following:
PC#0010206 Bard Composix Kugel Extra Large Oval 8.7 x 10.7
PC#0010207 Bard Composix Kugel Extra Large Oval 10.8 X 13.7
PC#0010208 Bard Composix Kugel Extra Large Oval 7.7 X 9.7
PC#0010209 Bard Composix Kugel Oval 6.3 X 12.3
PC#0010202 Bard Composix Kugel Large Oval 5.4 X 7
Among the consumers who received defective patches, the injuries reported have been serious. The broken rings have caused bowel obstruction, bowel perforations and chronic enteric fistulas (abnormal connections between two pieces of intestine). Some of these injuries have advanced to blood infections and other fatal complications. Many patients have required additional surgery to correct the problems, and have sought out Kugel Mesh attorneys to seek compensation for these damages.
Kugel Mesh attorneys began filing lawsuits on behalf of injured parties in 2006, and to date over 2,000 cases have been filed. The lawsuits are an attempt to hold the maker of the defective hernia patches responsible for the tragic consequences faced by these patients. Some of the types of compensation sought by the Kugel Mesh attorneys include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and necessary future care.
In addition, the U.S. District Court judge who is overseeing the hernia patch cases recently expanded the scope of the litigation to include other products with similar technology, including:
• Ventralex Hernia Patch
• CK Parastomal Hernia Patch
• CruraSoft Patch
• Composix Mesh
• Composix L/P Mesh
• Composix E/X Hernia Mesh
• Other Kugel products that have not been recalled
Legal Tube is home to attorneys who specialize in a number of areas of litigation, including cases related to the Kugel hernia patches. If you need information about filing a lawsuit or seeking compensation for your injuries, one of the Kugel Mesh attorneys on our site can help you. Let the legal process work for you—talk to a skilled hernia mesh patch lawyer today.