The federal court overseeing dozens of hernia mesh lawsuits involving Ethicon’s Physiomesh product has approved the use of a Short Form Complaint to streamline the filing process.
As the multidistrict litigation against Ethicon—a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson—regarding its Physiomesh product moves forward, the courts have now approved the use of a Short Form Complaint in an effort to streamline the cases filed in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia. More than 80 cases are pending in this district, all of which claim that serious bodily harm was caused by Ethicon’s allegedly faulty Physiomesh hernia patches. The multidistrict litigation was established earlier in June, allowing for all federally-filed hernia mesh lawsuits involving Ethicon Physiomesh to undergo coordinated pretrial proceedings.
The court has directed all future plaintiffs to file legal claims through the Short Form Complaint, an order that was dated on September 22, 2017. Those who have already filed a complaint regarding the hernia mesh product are also required to file a Short Form Complaint with the court. Along with streamlining the cases, filing via the Short Form Complaint standardizes the way information is gathered. This format will still allow plaintiffs to specify what they are adopting from the main complaint, as well as identify where the hernia mesh was used in their unique situation.
The first trial in the MDL is set to commence on January 22, 2018. According to the Complaint dated April 1st, 2016, the plaintiff in the trial underwent hernia surgery with the Physiomesh device in 2013. He began experiencing severe abdominal pain, chills and redness of the skin on his abdomen in July 2015—all of which are symptoms of a hernia infection. After being hospitalized, it was discovered that his hernia was in fact infected, resulting in two abdominal abscesses and an intestinal fistula. He had to endure two more surgeries due to the faulty hernia mesh.
What Can You Do if You Have Been Injured by Physiomesh?
If you or a loved one has suffered pain or injury after undergoing ventral hernia repair that may have used Ethicon Physiomesh, it is important that you contact your physician to undergo a medical examination. If you have undergone additional surgeries due to hernia reoccurrence or mesh removal, you may be able to pursue damages for your suffering.
The Law Offices of Peter Angelos is currently reviewing claims regarding injuries and additional surgeries caused by Ethicon Physiomesh. Contact our medical device liability attorneys for additional information or to schedule a free consultation of your claim.