Nationwide personal injury law firm prepares to file first lawsuit against manufacturer of defectively designed hernia patches which cause severe personal injuries.
Houston, Texas – – About 600,000 persons in the United States undergo surgery each year to repair hernias. Many surgeons use so-called “mesh patches” to repair hernias, and some of these mesh patches were manufactured by Bard, Inc. or Davol, Inc., a subsidiary of Bard, Inc.
The federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Class I recalls in 2005, 2006 and 2007 for several Bard and Davol hernia mesh patches because they are defective and can cause injury or death. Further investigations now indicate that all Bard and Davol hernia mesh patches may be defective. A national law firm in Houston, Texas, MATTHEWS & FULLMER, has opened a new section to handle these hernia mesh patch claims.
The Bard® Composix® Kugel® Mesh Patch (Kugel Patch) was used to repair ventral or incisional hernias caused by thinning or stretching of scar tissue that occurs around incisions after surgery. The working component of the patch is a plastic “memory recoil ring” that causes the patch to spring open after surgeons fold it flat in order to insert it into the body. Unfortunately, this “memory recoil ring” is prone to breakage during the stress of placing it inside the body. Should this device break, it can cause a number of serious and potentially life-threatening complications, such as bowel perforation and/or chronic intestinal fistulae, or abnormal connections of passageways between intestines and other gastrointestinal organs.
Additional patches manufactured and distributed by Davol Inc. and C.R. Bard, Inc. have been included in the investigation of defective hernia mesh patches. The current list of potentially defective hernia mesh patches has been expanded to include the following patches:
– All nine (9) models of the Bard® Composix® Kugel® Hernia Patches (Product Codes 0010201 through 0010209)
– All other Davol hernia patches with PET rings, including the Bard® Kugel® Hernia Patch; Bard® Ventralex® Hernia Patch; Bard CK Parastomal Patch; and Bard® Modified Kugel™ Patch; and
– Other Davol hernia meshes composed of layers of polyptopylene and ePTFE, including the Bard® Composix® E/X Mesh.
If you are not sure what type of hernia mesh patch you have implanted in you and you would like additional information about how you should proceed with your possible claim, the attorneys at MATTHEWS & FULLMER encourage you to contact them. MATTHEWS & FULLMER partner Toby Fullmer encourages patients with this potentially life-threatening patches “to take immediate action to protect your rights and to guarantee that your claim is timely filed.”
Matthews & Fullmer can be found online at www.matthewslawfirm.com. They can be reached at 1.800.899.3352.