Ethicon Hernia Mesh Lawsuit Filings Can Now Use New Short Forms


Hernia Mesh Lawsuits Allege Ethicon’s Hernia Mesh Causes Chronic Pain, Tissue Damage, Recurrent Hernia, And Other Complications For Implant Patients.

hernia-mesh lawsuits-physiomesh-lawsuit-physiomesh-failures-recall-complications-problems-lawyerThe Ethicon Physiomesh litigation moves forward with plaintiffs now using Short Forms to file their hernia mesh lawsuits. There are currently over 230 hernia mesh lawsuits are pending in the multidistrict litigation (MDL) established for Ethicon Inc.’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh which the company voluntarily withdrew from the global market last year. Plaintiffs claim the hernia mesh causes infection, tissue damage, chronic inflammation, chronic abdominal pain, bowel obstruction, recurrent hernia, and other serious complications that require surgery to remove the device. (In Re: Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh Products Liability Litigation—MDL 2782)

“Allowing plaintiffs to file their complaints directly into the MDL helps to move the hernia mesh litigation forward more efficiently. Now, Short Form complaints make it even easier for plaintiffs to file their Physiomesh lawsuits into the MDL,” says Dr. François Blaudeau, founder of Southern Med Law.

The law firm’s attorneys continue to speak with patients who have been implanted with Ethicon’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh and suffered complications. Southern Med Law offers no-obligation legal evaluations. If you believe you have suffered serious injuries from the Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh, you may be entitled to compensation. To speak with one of Southern Med Law’s attorneys, call 1-205-547-5525 or visit for further information and to fill out an online contact form.

In a Practice and Procedure Order issued on September 20, U.S. District Judge Richard Story approved a Short Form Complaint for filing Physiomesh lawsuits. The form contains spaces for plaintiffs to fill in personal information, such as the date and place of their implant surgery, and the name of the surgeon who performed the implant. Plaintiffs can select “counts”, or cause of action, from the Master Complaint that apply to their lawsuit, such as failure to warn, negligence, defective design, and manufacturing defect. To expedite matters, Judge Story issued an order in August that allowed plaintiffs to file their hernia mesh lawsuits directly into the MDL. (In Re: Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh Products Liability Litigation—Physiomesh Lawsuits MDL 2782)

Ethicon’s Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2010. Physiomesh is a large pore, multi-layered device used in minimally invasive ventral hernia repair. Ethicon Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, voluntarily withdrew its hernia mesh in May 2016 after reviewing unpublished data from two large European hernia registries. The data showed Physiomesh had higher rates of revision surgeries and hernia recurrence after a minimally invasive ventral hernia repair compared to similar meshes. Ethicon said it could not determine why the Physiomesh rates were higher and could not give surgeons instructions that might lead to a reduction in the recurrence rate.

The Physiomesh Flexible Composite Mesh lawsuits in the MDL cite recurrent hernia as one of many complications from Ethicon’s hernia mesh. The Physiomesh complaints allege the hernia mesh is defectively designed and not reasonably safe for its intended use in hernia repair, and the risks of the design outweigh any potential benefits associated with the design. Implant patients complain of the mesh migrating, adhering to internal organs, eroding, and causing other serious problems, according to the lawsuits. (In Re: Ethicon Physiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh Products Liability Litigation—MDL 2782)

About Southern Med Law And Filing A Physiomesh Lawsuit

Throughout his career, Dr. Blaudeau has worked hard to develop a strong reputation in healthcare litigation. As a surgeon, his first-hand knowledge of medicine has made the Southern Med Law team an aggressive and effective advocate for those who were harmed due to negligent medical device manufacturers. Southern Med Law possesses a deep understanding of the complex medical and legal questions such as those involved with hernia mesh. They are not afraid to take on largest corporations in their pursuit to advocate for victims of medical devices and dangerous drugs. The firm’s attorneys are committed to ensuring that all victims have access to the type of aggressive legal advocacy and representation that assures success.

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François M. Blaudeau, MD JD FACHE FCLM Esquire
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Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Phone: (205) 547-5525
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