At Trammell PC, we represent people who were injured by hernia mesh implants. These cases go back a very long time—but they may soon come to an end. Despite the delays created by the novel coronavirus, the federal multidistrict litigation is slated to start “bellwether” trials on September 29. The consolidated action in Rhode Island state court is moving toward a settlement as well, with leadership recently calling for viable cases to be filed.
Why Are People Suing Over Hernia Mesh?
Hernia mesh is a medical device that is surgically implanted into areas of the body that are weakened and need extra support. Unfortunately, after these products appeared on the market, patients started experiencing pain, infections, organ damage, hernia recurrence, and other very serious side effects that required more surgeries to correct or control the issues.
As a result, manufacturers have recalled several types of hernia mesh, and at least some have settled multimillion-dollar lawsuits alleging that they sold defective mesh or failed to adequately warn patients and their doctors about the risk. More of those lawsuits are pending right now against a major manufacturer of hernia mesh, Bard Davol, with thousands of cases consolidated in Rhode Island state court and Ohio federal court. Court papers suggest that as many as 10,000 cases could be filed in the federal litigation by the end of 2020.
Why Is It Important to Act Soon?
Both the federal and the Rhode Island hernia mesh cases are nearing the end of litigation. In the federal multidistrict litigation, bellwether cases are intended to give both sides an idea of how juries and judges will view the claims brought by injured persons. That information helps them come to a settlement, which ends the litigation. The Rhode Island cases (which follow settlements from as long ago as 2011) are said to be ready for settlement negotiations as well.
If you suffered serious side effects from hernia mesh, Trammell PC can help. We serve clients around the United States who have been injured by defective drugs, medical devices, and other products. To set up a free consultation, call us today at 1-800-405-1740 or contact us through our website.