Hernia Mesh Implants2018-07-11T13:21:44+00:00

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Hernia mesh implant claims

The very same product used in vaginal mesh surgery currently facing a number of lawsuits worldwide has been, and is currently being used, in hernia operations. Hernias are when fatty tissue or organs bulge through a gap where muscle has weakened. In hernia repair operations, flexible polypropylene mesh is used by surgeons to hold in bulging tissues, acting as a muscle wall.

Although patients who have mesh surgery have fewer recurring hernias, the rate of complications for mesh-related repairs is significantly higher than repairs relying on sutures alone. Patients have again been reporting constant pain, barely able to walk due to stiffening and erosion. One in 10 people will develop a hernia at some time in their life and approximately 80,000 hernia operations take place in the UK every year. The NHS continues to use mesh implants as the “recommended method”, despite known risks and complications.

Patients are often not offered any sort of alternative treatment after diagnosis of a hernia and, unlike vaginal mesh surgery, there are no guidelines from the UK health watchdog NICE on the use of mesh for treating hernias. To make matters worse, having a mesh implant removed can be a risky operation as it embeds itself in the surrounding tissue over time and is designed to be permanent.

Mesh implant complications

  • Tenderness and pain
  • Internal bleeding
  • Mesh sticking to intestines / adhesion
  • Autoimmune reactions to the mesh / rejection
  • Bowel and intestine blockage
  • Fistulas
  • Infection
  • Mesh shrinkage
  • Nerve damage
  • Organ perforation

The most serious complications that are potentially fatal are: adhesion, bowel obstruction or perforation, infection, rejection and migration.

Symptoms of mesh complications

Complications can be hard to diagnose due to similarities of other conditions, however you should contact a doctor if you have had hernia mesh surgery and experience any of the following:

  • Difficulty urinating or passing gas and stool
  • Excessive pain, bruising, or swelling
  • High fever (101 degrees) after recent surgery
  • Increased redness or drainage from the incision after recent surgery
  • Nausea, vomiting or other flu-like symptoms
  • Stiffness in the abdomen

No win no fee compensation claims

A No Win No Fee arrangement means you don’t need to worry about any upfront legal fees. Simply put we take on your case and if you do not win compensation you will not have to pay any solicitors costs

Significant numbers of people are suffering pain and disability caused by hernia mesh implants. If you feel you might be suffering from complications due to a hernia mesh procedure you might be able to make a claim for compensation. Please contact one of our NHS specialist solicitors for free advice and to discuss your claim.

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Hernia mesh claims – extra information

How much you can claim will depend on a number of factors related to the injury received from a defective medical product. Some of those factors are listed below:

  • Degree of pain, suffering and ongoing problems caused by the defective product
  • Loss of earnings from being unable to work / return to work
  • Support and care that you need now and in the future related to your injury
  • Support for modifications made to your home
  • Specialist mobility equipment required

The first thing to do is to get in touch with us so we can provide a free consultation and discuss your case. We can quickly work out if you have a claim by asking a few questions. We will also let you know if you will benefit from a No win no fee arrangement. If after your free consultation you decide to proceed with a compensation claim we will proceed with the stages below.

Investigation Stage
We need to determine the extent of your injury and any monetary losses directly related to your injury / illness. It may be necessary to have a medical examination carried out to accurately identify your injury and asses your suffering.

Compensation Calculation
We will calculate how much compensation you are likely to receive from a successful claim taking into account the various factors associated with your injury including loss of income, pain and suffering, medical expenses and future expenses including future care and specialists equipment and any modifications necessary to your home. We then will put this amount to your opponent and they have two options. Accept the claim, or contest the claim.

Conclusion
If your opponent accepts then you will be awarded the compensation due. If they do not accept the claim then the next phase will be court proceedings. Please not this does not always mean a case goes to trial it simply means a court takes over management of the case where an opponent still has the opportunity to settle your claim. If you have to go to court rest assured we will be with you every step of the way. And remember if we agreed to handle your claim under a no win no fee agreement then you will not have to pay anything if your claim was unsuccessful.

As with almost all compensation claims of this type you have three years from the date of the injury / illness caused to start a claim. Sometimes there are exceptions, for example people unable to make their own legal decisions such as children or adults unable to make there own legal decisions.

In the case of defective medical equipment / products a claim must also be made within 10 years of that product going into circulation. This cannot be extended. Time limits are always on a case by case basis. We can of course help identify this when investigating your claim.

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