In recent years, concerns have been growing surrounding the use of hernia mesh. A worrying number of patients have experienced complications following the implantation of hernia mesh, such that they are suffering from pain and injuries that are often irreversible. However, what many patients may not know is that they may be eligible to make a hernia mesh claim to recover compensation for any harm done to them.
Although there has previously been a pause on the use of pelvic surgical mesh, and the treatment is used less widely than it has been in past, there has not yet been a similar kind of recall for hernia mesh in the UK. Yet, when the worst does occur, the impact on the patient can be devastating.
Our specialist medical negligence lawyers at The Injury Lawyers are here to help those affected by hernia mesh claim compensation to recover damages for their difficulties.
Hernia mesh complications
In 2018, some surgeons suggested that the complication rate for hernia mesh was between 12-30%, meaning that up to 170,000 UK patients who had had the treatment could have been facing complications. The figures are still not exact, but the testimonies of patients say it all. Some have had drastically changed lifestyles, forced to walk with canes and abandon most physical activity, while others have endured a mental health cost, feeling depressed or even suicidal due to the devastating impact the mesh has had on their lives.
Other possible side-effects of mesh implants include:
- mobility problems (forced to stand or walk differently);
- adhesions (inflammation of scar tissue);
- bowel obstruction;
- organ perforation;
- hernia recurrence.
What can I claim for?
All the complications listed above could make you eligible for a hernia mesh claim, but there are certain other factors that we can take into account as well.
For instance, the choice and implementation of the treatment must be considered, as some patients have reported knowing nothing, or too little, about the potential complications of hernia mesh. When recommending any course of treatment or surgical procedure, it is a doctor’s duty to advise their patient of the risks involved so that the patient is able to give informed consent. If they cannot give this consent on a proper and informed basis, this could be labelled as medical negligence.
Similarly, the difficulties of implanting hernia mesh have also become apparent, as some doctors have inadvertently injured patients during surgery, causing cuts or tears if they lack the surgical technique to carry out the treatment without error. There have also been reports of doctors dismissing patients’ complaints of complications they are suffering with, a factor that could also be considered in a hernia mesh claim.
Make your hernia mesh claim today
To recover compensation for any pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused by your hernia mesh treatment, pick up the phone today and contact The Injury Lawyers to start your hernia mesh claim.
It is simply unacceptable that some patients have been allowed to endure such hardship with little support or apology from doctors and medical product regulators. We must hold those responsible to account for any carelessness or ignorant actions.
We also know how stressful the aftermath can be, so we will make sure that your hernia mesh claim is as hassle-free as possible. You do not need to get bogged down in the details because we handle all of that for you.
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