Ventralex Mesh Lawsuit
Developed by Davol Inc., a division of C.R. Bard Inc., Ventralex mesh is a polypropylene patch that is commonly used to treat umbilical hernias and trocar site hernias. Trocar site hernias develop at the site of the incision used by a trocar instrument, which is a three sided sharp instrument used to make incisions into blood vessels and body cavities. The device is also known as the “Kugel mesh”. Since 2002, complaints have arisen due to medical issues caused by complications from the defective patch. In 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a mandatory recall of the patch and has since updated their recall to include all nine models of the Ventralex mesh patch. C.R. Bard and Davol have been the defendants in thousands of lawsuits related to the Ventralex mesh patch. This is a multidistrict litigation case, meaning that one federal judge handles all matters pertaining to this subject. This case is currently classified as MDL-1842 and is held in the District of Rhode Island.
Ventralex Mesh Recall
Complications related to the mesh were reported as early as 2002. After the patch is inserted into the patient, the “memory recoil ring” that opens the patch has been known to break. Breakage of the ring can lead to bowel perforations and abnormal connections between intestines (also known as fistulas). The manufacturer initially claimed that the broken rings were due to mistakes made by the doctors during the surgical procedure. After tests performed by the company, it was revealed that almost all of the failures were due to a manufacturing flaw.
The FDA first administered a mandatory recall of all Ventralex mesh patches in December 2005 after a series of lawsuits. Patients had experienced serious side effects and injuries from defective patches.
As of 2013, the FDA has advised surgeons to cease usage of all nine models of Ventralex mesh patches and immediately return them to the manufacturer. These models include the Composix Kugel Hernia Patch, the Kugel Hernia Patch, the CK Parastomal Hernia Patch, the Modified Kugel Patch, the Composix E/X Hernia Mesh, the Composix Mesh, the Composix L/P Mesh, and the CruraSoft Patch.
Ventralex Mesh Lawsuits
Since the initial recall of the Ventralex mesh patch, many lawsuits have been filed against C.R. Bard and Davol. The plaintiffs typically sue for financial compensation due to side effects and injuries related to the patches as well as failure to warn physicians and hospitals of the defective patch in a timely manner. The first of these lawsuits happened in Rhode Island in 2006. The attorneys claimed that the patient experienced severe pain and underwent bowel dissection surgery as a result of the defective product. After a four week trial, the jury found the manufacturer responsible for the defective product. Although the jury found the product defective, they claimed that the plaintiff did not provide sufficient evidence that the defective device was responsible for the plaintiff’s injuries. However, subsequent lawsuits against C.R. Bard have seen an average of $70,000 settlements for patients.
Ventralex Mesh Lawyer
Looking for the right attorney to handle a case involving complications from Ventralex mesh involves finding law firms that specialize in product liability. Filing a claim with an attorney allows the patient to hold the product manufacturers responsible for damages caused by a Ventralex mesh device. A claim may be filed for compensation for financial issues as well as emotional issues suffered from the difficulty of life associated with the defective product. Ask friends and family if they know of attorneys who specialize in product liability lawsuits. Also, inquire about an attorney’s track record to see if they have had success with similar claims.
It is unwise to choose an attorney based on television and billboard ads. Many of these attorneys require a down payment. Our qualified attorneys will not ask you for a down payment and instead work on a contingency basis, meaning they only get paid if the court decides in your favor.