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Kugel Hernia Patch Lawyer

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Editor: Bob Binstock, Attorney at Law
Profession: Defective Medical Device Attorney

June 06, 2008

By Scott Kappes

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Woman Implanted With Recalled Hernia Patch

Category: Kugel Hernia Patch

A Virginia Hospital system, Sentara, admitted this week that they implanted seven patients with the defective Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch after the FDA issued a Class I recall for the defective patches. The story broke when a Virginia Beach woman, Judith Coyne, called a local news station making a claim that the Sentara Virginia Beach General used the recalled product in her surgery. She complained that she was experiencing excruciating pain and that no one would believe her that the patch was the problem. On Tuesday the hospital admitted the mistake and now have confirmed that six others were also implanted with the product subsequent to the FDA's recall.

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January 10, 2008

By Scott Kappes

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Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch Trial: Judge Expands Scope

Category: Kugel Hernia Patch

In 2005 the FDA issued a Class I recall of certain sizes of the Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch, used to repair ventral hernias. The patches contained a memory recoil ring that allowed them to inserted into a small incision and spring back into shape, allowing for what was thought to be a better fix with a much less invasive surgical procedure. Tuesday a Federal Court judge expanded the scope of Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch litigation to include all Davol Marlex/Teflon products.

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January 03, 2008

By Scott Kappes

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Kugel Mesh Patch Lawsuits Still Being Filed

Category: Mesh Patch Lawsuits

Over two years after the FDA issued a Class I recall of certain Kugel Mesh Hernia Patches new lawsuits are still being filed. As recently as last week an Arkansas man, Marion Teague, filed a product liability lawsuit against C.R. Bard and Davol Inc. on December 28 alleging that a defective Kugel Mesh patch caused his injury. Teague claims that after several surgeries to repair hernias he began to experience intense abdominal pain and inflammation. Teague says this was due to an infection caused by a defective patch. Teague required an additional surgery to have the patch removed. He is now seeking compensation for his injuries.

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November 28, 2007

By Scott Kappes

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Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch: Only Time Will Tell

Category: Kugel Hernia Patch

Almost two years ago the FDA issue a Class I recall of the Bard Composix Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch in certain sizes. The recalled patched have the potential to produce serious injury and even death due to a defect in the memory recoil ring that can lead to breakage of the ring. The broken ring can cause bowel perforation and other serious internal injuries to vital tissue and organs. The most disturbing part of this recall is that patients implanted with the defective patches are faced with a very difficult decision, remove the patch through another surgery or leave the patch in and hope for the best.

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November 14, 2007

By Scott Kappes

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Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch: Risk of Injury Has Not Passed

Category: Kugel Hernia Patch

The Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch was recalled almost two years ago and yet all claims may not yet be filed. Understandably many people who were implanted with the defective devices did not have patch removed if they had not experienced symptoms of failure. However, there is still a very real possibility that these patches may fail in the future causing serious and even life threatening injuries.

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November 01, 2007

By Scott Kappes

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Kugel Mesh Lawsuits Move Closer To Trial

Category: Mesh Patch Lawsuits

The FDA recall of Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch is almost two years old now and the lawsuits that have been filed on behalf of those injured are moving closer and closer to trial. There are reports that new injuries are still being reported to the FDA's adverse event reporting system. Rhode Island has been selected as the headquarters for all pretrial proceedings, with over 100 cases being consolidated to the Rhode Island Federal District Court. This is the first time that Rhode Island has been selected as consolidation site by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and was the best option as the Davol; the makers of the defective patch are also headquartered in Rhode Island.

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October 22, 2007

By Scott Kappes

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Kugel Mesh Cases Will be No Problem for RI Courts

Category: Mesh Patch Lawsuits

For the first time in history Rhode Island has been named the site of multidistrict litigation. This means that all of the cases filed all over the country involving Davol's Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch have been transferred to the Rhode Island District Court for pretrial proceedings and a possible settlement. Over 150 cases in all have consolidated to the Rhode Island courts and Judge Mary Lisi, who will be presiding over pretrial matters in federal cases, said that there should be no problems with trying the cases in Rhode Island.

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October 01, 2007

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Your Rights: Kugel Hernia Mesh Patch

Category: Hernia Patch Recalls

If you have undergone hernia repair surgery that utilized a Kugel Hernia Mesh Patch, you are urged to contact your hernia surgeon for a copy of your medical records.

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September 26, 2007

By Scott Kappes

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Kugel Mesh Maker's Poor Quality Control Helps Prompt FDA Reform

Category: Hernia Patch Recalls

The FDA recalled the Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch after it was discovered that the patch's memory recoil ring was predisposed to breakage. The post approval adverse event reporting system used by the manufacturers was cited as being in adequate and resulted in a delayed response because the FDA was unaware of complications with patches. This in addition to the controversy surrounding prescription medications has prompted a new bill that has already been passed by both houses of Congress, and will hopefully give the FDA a much better opportunity to make sure that events like this are not soon repeated.

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September 25, 2007

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Hernia Mesh Patch Side Effects

Category: Mesh Patch Lawsuits

In 2006, the FDA inspected the Davol manufacturing plant and found major flaws in the system for tracking and reporting patient complaints about the Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch Side Effects.

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September 24, 2007

By Scott Kappes

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Hernia Patch Problems May be Yet to Occur

Category: Kugel Hernia Patch

Just because the Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch was recalled well over a year ago doesn't mean that all of the injuries associated with the defective patches have already occured. The defective patches have memory recoil rings that could be on the brink of breakage. When the initial recall was introduced doctors had to weigh the risks of removing the patch or leaving it in and taking the chance that the ring could break causing serious injury. In many cases the risk of removing the patch outweighed the possibilty of patch failure.

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September 19, 2007

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Overview: Kugel Hernia Mesh Patch Recalls

Category: Hernia Patch Recalls

Problems stemming from the Composix Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch started to surface as far back as 2002, shortly after Davol Inc., first introduced the large and extra-large models of the hernia patch.

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September 18, 2007

By Scott Kappes

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Numerous Lawsuits Filed In Hernia Patch Recall

Category: Mesh Patch Lawsuits

The recent recalls of the Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch has resulted in numerous lawsuits being filed against Davol, the maker of the recalled patches. In 2005 the first recall was made for the defective patches, but this has been recently expanded to include other sizes and shapes of patches. Basically a hernia is protrusion of internal organs or tissue through a weak area in the abdominal wall, during surgery the man made mesh material was placed inside the hernia, which allows for extra support of the abdominal wall.

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September 14, 2007

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Composix Hernia Patch Recall

Category: Kugel Hernia Patch

Four Composix Kugel Mesh Patch recalls were initiated between December 2005 and January 2007, by the manufacturer, Davol Inc., due to device defects. The patch recalls were announced following numerous reports about broken recoil rings, responsible for opening the patch after being implanted in patients.

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September 13, 2007

By Scott Kappes

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Mesh Hernia Repair Techniques

Category: Kugel Hernia Patch

A hernia is caused by a piece of an organ or intestine pushing through a weak area in the abdominal wall. Sometime hernias are treated with belts or recommendations to avoid strenuous activity, but more often than not surgery is needed to repair the hernia. There are several options when it comes to the type of surgery used to repair the hernia.

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September 11, 2007

By Scott Kappes

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Rhode Island to be Home For Kugel Mesh Pretrial

Category: Kugel Hernia Patch

The Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch has produced so many cases that they will now be consolidated. The Federal District Court of Rhode Island will be the site of pretrial proceedings in the hundreds of federal cases that have been filed.
The Judicial Panel on Multi-district Litigation of the United States Courts has created Master Docket No. 1:07-md-01842-ML-LDA.

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September 08, 2007

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Hernia Mesh Patch Patients Have Legal Rights

Category: Mesh Patch Lawsuits

Have you or a loved one undergone hernia surgery? If so, you may have been implanted with a defective hernia mesh patch. If you have not yet experienced any health complications, it is possible that you may in the future.

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September 06, 2007

By Scott Kappes

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Choice in Mesh Hernia Surgery is Clear

Category: Kugel Hernia Patch

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive method of performing hernia surgery. Doctors recommend this method over the open inguinal hernia mesh repair. Both methods will use a man made mesh material to reinforce the muscle around the repaired area; however, the laparoscopy method will require much smaller incisions and provide for a less painful and faster recovery.

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September 05, 2007

By Scott Kappes

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Successor To Kugel Mesh Approved

Category: Kugel Hernia Patch

The FDA recently approved a new hernia repair tool. The product was developed by Minnesota Medical Development, Inc. (MMDI). The new mesh patch is constructed from durable materials including Nitinol frame that allows for the self-expanding feature that makes mesh hernia patches so revolutionary.

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August 31, 2007

By Scott Kappes

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Settlement Awarded In Hernia Surgery Related Death

Category: Kugel Hernia Patch

A medical malpractice case was finally resolved earlier this week as a settlement was agreed upon by the parties involved in a case involving hernia surgery. The $750,000 settlement occurs over five years after the death of 38 year-old, Kevin Daulton.

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August 30, 2007

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Hernia Surgery Patients: Stay Informed

Category: Kugel Hernia Patch

Patients who have had hernia repair surgery should review the latest recall information to see if they were implanted with one of the recalled hernia patches.

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August 29, 2007

By Scott Kappes

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Estate Sues For Defective Kugel Mesh Patch

Category: Mesh Patch Lawsuits

In May of this year the estate of an Ohio man filed a lawsuit alleging that the 68 year-old died due to complications from a defective Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch. Richard Kinney had hernia surgery in October of 2003 and only a few short months later he met his demise. The lawsuit claims that the hernia repair surgery directly lead to his death on March 9, 2004.

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August 28, 2007

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Kugel Mesh and Prostate Health

Category: Kugel Hernia Patch

Anyone who has been through hernia surgery knows how painful and limiting the recovery process can be. Doctors insist that patients cut down on physical activity to prevent the re-injury of the site, which could result in subsequent surgery. Usually a hernia patch is used to support the edges of the surgically repaired area after the operation. There has been some concern as to whether the use of these patches can affect prostate health.

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August 22, 2007

By Scott Kappes

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Kugel Mesh Inferior Quality Control Methods Cited

Category: Hernia Patch Recalls

Following the initial recall of the Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch, the FDA issued a warning letter citing poor quality control maintenance as a major reason for the defects resulting in the recall. The FDA only issues these warning letters in cases where they have found significant problems in the methods or facilities that are part of the manufacturing process.

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August 20, 2007

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Missouri Woman Files Lawsuit Against Hernia Patch Manufacturer

Category: Mesh Patch Lawsuits

A Missouri woman, who claims a defective hernia patch injured her creating the need for several expensive follow up surgeries, has filed a lawsuit.

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