Personal Injury Settlements Reached in At Least Five Kugel Hernia Mesh Lawsuits
According to Lawyers USA, settlements have been reached between Davol Inc. and the plaintiffs of at least five Kugel hernia mesh lawsuits. The products liability complaints accuse the device manufacturer of making and selling defective hernia patches that caused serious internal injuries and high-risk complications. Davol Inc. is a C.R. Bard, Inc. subsidiary. The plaintiffs of these Kugel hernia mesh lawsuits and at least 2,000 other defective medical device complaints are among the 750,000 people a year who undergo hernia operations. The Kugel mesh patches are supposed to decrease the amount of pain a patient might experience after hernia surgery. The patch is placed via incision in the area of the hernia. The plastic ring is supposed to return to its original shape, which flattens the patch. The hernia can then regrow around it. However, a plastic ring inside of the patch that was prone to breaking resulted in three Kugel hernia mesh recalls between 2005 and 2007. The recalls involved different patch sizes and models. Injuries reportedly resulting from the product defect included chronic intestinal fistula, bowel perforation, fistualization, bowel obstruction, and peritonitis. Some injury plaintiffs also had to undergo surgery to remove the Kugel hernia mesh patch. A Kugel hernia mesh injury victim might not even be aware that he or she was injured. At first, Davol Inc. blamed the broken Kugel mesh hernia patch rings on the surgeons. Tests however revealed that the injuries almost always occurred in the area where the “memory-recoil ring,” which surrounds the patch, was welded. Injuries have also involved the medical device’s adhesive getting stuck to the abdominal wall. The design defect resulted in the first hernia patch recall in 2005. The medical device manufacturer issued other two recalls in 2006 and 2007 after the Food and Drug Administration reported that over 80 injuries, a number of deaths, and other health issues could be linked to the hernia patch. Kugel Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Settlements Reported, About Lawsuits, September 8, 2009 List of Device Recalls, FDA In Florida, our Kugel hernia mesh patch lawyers can help you determine whether you have grounds for filing a products liability lawsuit against Davol Inc. Contact The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. today.