My Hernia Mesh Is Starting to Fail. What Should I Do?
Legally Reviewed and Edited by: Terry Cochran
Most people expect their hernia repair surgery to solve their health problems. However, many surgeries involving the insertion of a hernia mesh cause further health issues when the mesh fails. If you’ve had hernia mesh surgery, it’s essential to know the symptoms that suggest a failed hernia, so you can quickly address the problem.
Hernia mesh surgery failure is a medical complication that affects your overall health and well-being. The cause of the failure is often a defect in the mesh design or the material it is made from. The mesh breaks down, erodes, or migrates into other areas of the body. While this sounds scary, knowing what to do next will help you get the help you need.
Identify Your Symptoms to Determine Hernia Mesh Failure
The first thing you need to do if you suspect your hernia mesh is failing is to identify the symptoms and determine which of them you are currently experiencing. Complications from hernia mesh failure can occur shortly after your surgery or weeks or months later.
Common symptoms of hernia mesh failure include:
- If surgery is recent, the surgical site may be warm, extremely hot, tender, or sore.
- The surgical site is inflamed and not healing normally or is debilitatingly painful
- Excessive scar tissue develops
- You experience sudden fever and symptoms similar to the flu
- You begin vomiting or feel nauseous
- You feel yourself bloating or are unable to pass stool (possibly due to bowel obstruction)
Determine Which Mesh Product You Received During Hernia Repair Surgery
While your mind is understandably on your health, also consider whether or not you are eligible to file a lawsuit. Contact your surgeon or medical office and ask what surgical mesh product you received during hernia repair surgery. This will determine whether or not you can file a hernia mesh claim.
Strict criteria are currently in place concerning medical devices and hernia mesh claims. The best way to determine if you can file a medical malpractice or product liability lawsuit is to seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury attorney. Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., is a leading law firm for filing hernia mesh claims in Michigan and will thoroughly review all factors surrounding your case.
Determine Level of Damages from the Hernia Mesh
Once you find out which mesh you have, determine what you have experienced due to its failure. Consider both physical and financial damages. Ask yourself the following questions and compile documentation for each one.
- Has the mesh caused excessive chronic pain? For how long?
- Has corrective surgery been necessary? If so, what were the costs involved?
- Have you suffered lost income and benefits from having to take time off from work?
- How much more time will you need to take off from work, and how much income will you lose as a result?
You want to be able to provide your attorney with the most information possible to fully calculate the compensation amounts you will be eligible for in your claim. Seeking compensation for the mesh failure can help you with medical bills, lost wages, and many other damages experienced as a result.
Seek Legal Help from an Experienced Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Attorney
To file your claim and increase your chances of a successful outcome, seek out an experienced and highly qualified attorney to represent you. An ideal choice is one with both a medical and legal background like Eileen Kroll, a former RN and current law partner with Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C.
Your attorney will also ensure you meet any deadlines for filing as outlined in the Michigan statute of limitations.
Contact Cochran, Kroll & Associates. P.C. Today
Your health and well-being are essential, and when a medical procedure fails, you deserve the best legal representation possible. The attorneys with Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., in Michigan are highly experienced in filing hernia mesh claims and will work to achieve a successful outcome for your claim. Contact our office today at 866-MICH-LAW to schedule an informative, free consultation.
Disclaimer : The information provided is general and not for legal advice. The blogs are not intended to provide legal counsel and no attorney-client relationship is created nor intended.