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Hernia Mesh Trials Begin In January Against Ethicon Physiomesh Hernia Repair Mesh

Hernia mesh medical device trials may dominate courtrooms in 2021

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - All eyes are on Jim Crumbley, the plaintiff in the bellwether Physiomesh Hernia Mesh trial that is scheduled to begin in January 2021. The trial is one of over 3000 that are pending against Ethicon, a subsidiary of the Johnson & Johnson family of medical device companies. "Jim Crumbley was implanted with Ethicon Physiomesh at a Georgia hospital in July 2014, for the repair of an incisional ventral hernia. After the hernia mesh failed, he required anther hernia repair surgery in December 2016 and claims that he has been left with on-going injuries." according to About Lawsuits.com. The plaintiff had to have second revision surgery to find and retrieve pieces of his defective Physiomesh Hernia Mesh. He is said to be in constant pain from complications. The cases are consolidated in multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of Georgia by Judge Richard Story. MDL is not the same as a class action and each case is judged on its own merits. MDL streamlines repetitive administrative procedures like discovery and expert witness interviews. Three more Physiomesh trials are to follow in early 2021. Patients injured by a failed hernia repair mesh should speak with a Hernia Mesh Attorney for a free, no-obligation consultation that could lead to filing a claim.

According to Lawyers and Settlements, there are about 15,000 lawsuits filed to date claiming that one particular make of hernia repair mesh or another caused a plaintiff injuries. The trials were scheduled to begin in September 2020 but are delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Other companies that are being sued for negligence and fraud for bringing a faulty hernia repair mesh to market are CR Bard and Atrium. Hernia repair mesh is coming under fire for its layer of polypropylene plastic that is said to be incompatible with human tissue. When attacked by the immune system, the plastic degrades and leaches dangerous chemicals into the blood that can cause autoimmune problems. Hernia repair mesh also tends to crumple and pull free from the spot where it was originally affixed on top of a hernia and can damage the intestines or cause blockages in the bowels. The CR Bard Hernia repair mesh has been criticized for the plastic from which it is made. "Defects in defendants' polypropylene hernia mesh products can lead to complications when implanted in patients, including adhesions, damage to organs, inflammatory and allergic responses, foreign body rejection, migration of the mesh, and infections," according to Lawyers and Settlements. Plaintiffs blame a fish oil coating for causing complications with the Atrium C-Cur hernia mesh product. The 15,000 lawsuits may be just the beginning, and many filings are expected in the years to come. Some experts think that the three hernia mesh products above could have a failure rate as high as 33% or as many as the failed vaginal support mesh to which hernia repair mesh is compared.

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