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What You Need to Know Before Filing a Lawsuit for Hernia Mesh Injuries
If you have suffered complications after undergoing a procedure that involved the use of a surgical mesh to repair a hernia, you are more than likely wondering what your legal options may be. Here are just a few of the things you’ll need to keep in mind before you file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the device you believe caused you harm.
Who Made the Hernia Mesh?
There are several different manufacturers of surgical hernia mesh devices, so you will need to find out which company made the one used in your procedure. You should be able to obtain this information from the hospital where your surgery was performed, but an attorney may be able to help if you have trouble finding out.
The Medical Team
There is a chance that the nurses or doctors who worked on your procedure may be called upon to testify should your case go to trial. Again, your lawyer can help if you have difficulty getting their contact information.
You’ll need to keep close track of the kinds of complications you have experienced after your surgery. Write down the problems you are having, such as an infection or erosion of the device, and the kind of treatment you received. There is also a chance that you might need another hernia surgery because the mesh used in your previous procedure failed. If this is the case, you’ll still need to keep a record of your treatment so your attorney can help you determine the best course of action.
Medical Bills and Other Expenses
In addition to your complications, you should also keep track of the financial losses, or “damages,” you have suffered. These include not only medical bills, but also any wages you have lost due to having to take time off from work to treat your complications.