Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr. LLC July 2019

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Do You Qualify for a Settlement?

A Nationwide Case Against Hernia Mesh Manufacturers

I’d love to tell you that every medical device and treatment offered to the general public has been

thoroughly tested to ensure its safety. Sadly, that’s just not the case. Medical devices and medication undergo clinical trials before being approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but the manufacturers of these products have a vested

When you call our office, we will gather documentation to discover the type of mesh used in your procedure and bring appropriate action against the manufacturer. Class-action lawsuits of this type involve very little participation from the plaintiffs, so you won’t need to put your life on hold in an effort to get justice. Our office takes these cases on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing unless you receive a settlement (in addition to legal fees, case expenses are also subtracted from any recovery). In other words, there is absolutely no downside in talking to an attorney about your situation. Unlike most cases, you do not need to live in South Carolina to work with us on these matters because they are multidistrict cases involving patients nationwide. In this particular set of cases, it’s important to act quickly before a verdict is rendered. There are recent cases with similar circumstances to those currently ongoing. These historical examples set a legal precedent and make the process move more quickly. In 2011, for instance, a hernia mesh manufacturer was forced to pay a $184 million settlement that equated to roughly $70,000 per patient. It’s entirely possible that most of these cases will settle before the end of the year, so you have a limited amount of time to get your name added to the list of plaintiffs.

interest in bringing items to market as quickly as possible. I believe the FDA makes every attempt to protect patients. Despite their best efforts, mistakes happen, and oftentimes, we can only guess how something will affect a patient years down the road. For example, if we could go back 20 years with the benefit of hindsight, I’d bet far fewer doctors would be gung-ho about prescribing opioids. The law allows patients harmed by products of all kinds to hold companies responsible for damages. Class-action product liability lawsuits come in all shapes and sizes, covering incidents like faulty airbags and exploding cell phones. Medication and medical devices are two of the most common categories. Currently, a subset of these cases involve mesh used in hernia repair surgery. More than 1 million Americans undergo hernia surgery each year. Many of these surgeries involve the use of a surgical mesh. According to the FDA,“Surgical mesh is a medical device that is used to provide additional support to weakened or damaged tissue.” Thousands of patients who had mesh placed during a hernia surgery experienced adverse complications. Due to these reactions, multiple companies are currently facing lawsuits.

We’re ready to help anyone who may have been affected by defective hernia mesh. The first step is to call our office to see how we can help.

We are helping those hurt by these devices get justice. You may qualify for a settlement if you meet the following criteria.

1. You had hernia repair surgery between 2006 and 2017.

–Jim Snell

2. You required corrective surgery or mesh removal as a result of complications. | | F: 800-567-6249 | P: 803-753-1476 1

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