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PerFix Plug Mesh Lawsuits

investigating hernia mesh injury & adverse outcomes

Studies and patient reports in recent years have highlighted the potential health risks related to synthetic hernia mesh used to repair abdominal hernias, which may be more dangerous than other available mesh products. C.R. Bard’s PerFix Plug is one such synthetic hernia mesh device made of polypropylene. Patients and attorneys contend the PerFix Plug hernia mesh is not compatible with human tissue, causing injuries and leading to infections, abdominal abscesses and fistulas.

Studies have shown that biological mesh products incorporate better into the human body than synthetic mesh, but medical device companies and surgeons still continue to implant devices like the PerFix Plug and other mesh devices, even with the known higher failure rate.

As a result, Bard and other device companies have issued a recall for one or more of their hernia mesh models. Unfortunately, recalls are only initiated many times after injuries have occurred.

Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio product liability lawyer representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of defective medical device claims against Bard, Covidien, Atrium, Aspide, Gore and Ethicon. 

PerFix Plug Lawsuits

Device manufacturers like C.R. Bard produce and sell synthetic hernia mesh devices that have not been properly tested before they are released to the public. Bard has been targeted in lawsuits for years because of the terrible risks associated with their mesh devices.

There are situations where the use of surgical mesh for hernia repair is necessary, but the risks may include adhesions, infections, severe pain, hernia recurrence, bowel obstruction and organ damage. Numerous recipients of defective hernia mesh devices undergo corrective surgeries due to injury and complications.

Plaintiffs filing lawsuits claim that the design of the PerFix Plug hernia mesh prevents it from incorporating into the body, can prevent fluid drainage, and may lead to infections, tissue damage, mesh migration and adhesion.

PerFix Plug Hernia Mesh Injury

Based on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) compiling of adverse event reports, the most common complications for hernia mesh patients include pain, infection, hernia recurrence, adhesion, abdominal obstruction, bleeding, fistula, and tissue perforation.

An adhesion is scar tissue that binds two parts of tissue together, causing the majority of small bowel obstructions, and are believed to contribute to chronic pelvic pain. An internal infection can present itself many years after implantation. Common complications following mesh hernia surgery include:

  • Bowel blockage
  • Infection
  • Fistula
  • Hernia recurrence
  • Adhesion
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Mesh migration
  • Granuloma

According to lawsuits, C.R. Bard knew that the Bard Perfix Plug could cause serious complications, but failed to provide adequate warnings. Some evidence shows the mesh material is biologically incompatible with human tissue and can contribute to the formation of severe adverse reactions to the mesh.

Plaintiffs have filed claims of manufacturing defects, design defects, failure to warn, corporate negligence, breach of warranty, violation of consumer protection laws, and allegations of fraud.


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

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A Voice for Those who have suffered

Why are these cases important?

Defective medical device litigation helps to improve patient safety and holds medical device companies accountable when defective products injure plaintiffs and clients.


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Questions about Hernia Mesh Litigation

Can I file a hernia mesh lawsuit?

Attorneys claim several hernia mesh devices were not properly tested before they were marketed and distributed as safe medical instruments.

The companies currently face thousands of pending hernia mesh injury lawsuits. If you have had surgery to treat a hernia using a device and you experience any signs or symptoms of recurrence of the hernia, please consult with a medical and legal expert. The Lyon Firm has experience litigating cases against medical device manufacturers.

Attorneys contend that some hernia mesh devices are not properly tested before they are distributed to the public as safe products. Device companies like Gore, Aspide, Ethicon, Bard, Covidien and Atrium have settled hundreds of lawsuits and currently face countless more injury claims.

If you are unsure about the mesh manufacturer and product used in your surgery and have questions about your hernia repair, contact your Ohio surgeon to obtain medical records. Contact a Cincinnati hernia mesh lawyer to discuss potential hernia mesh injury lawsuits and settlement.

what are the different types of hernias?
  • Inguinal: occurs in the inner groin. The most common of abdominal hernias. Sometimes muscles that attach to the pelvis leave a weakened area and if there is a stress placed on that area, the weakened tissues can allow a portion of small bowel to slide through that opening, causing pain and producing a bulge. Inguinal hernias are more likely to occur in men.
  • Femoral: occurs in the upper thigh/outer groin. Femoral hernias tend to occur more frequently in women.
  • Incisional: occurs through an incision or scar in the abdomen. Incisional hernias occur as a complication of abdominal surgery, where the abdominal muscles are cut to allow the surgeon to enter the abdominal cavity to operate.
  • Ventral: occurs in the general abdominal/ventral wall
  • Umbilical: occurs at the belly button and are very common in newborns and often do not need treatment unless complications occur. Some umbilical hernias enlarge and may require repair later in life.
  • Hiatal: occurs inside the abdomen, along the upper stomach/diaphragm
  • Obturator: the least common hernia of the pelvic floor, mostly found in women who have had multiple pregnancies or who have lost significant weight.
How is a Medical Device Defined as Defective?

Ohio Definition of Defective

Under Ohio law, a medical device is  defective if it is unreasonably dangerous for its intended use. A legal cause of action can be based on several types of medical device product defects. Most jurisdictions a version of one or more of these cause of actions. 

(1)  Manufacturing/ Construction Defect of the medical device:

(2) Defective design and/or formulation of the medical device:

(3) Failure to warn or inadequate warning or instruction associated with the medical device:

(4) Misrepresentation on the Safety or Efficacy of the Medical Device:

(5) Fraud Related to the Safety or Efficacy of the Medical Device

(6) Negligent Distribution or Testing of the Medical Device


Why should I hire The Lyon Firm?

Our Firm will help you find the answers.  The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

 Experience:  Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Defective Device Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Defective device lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury. Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results:  Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results in medical device cases.  He has litigated cases successfully against some of  the largest companies in the world including:  Johnson & Johnson, Biomet, Ethicon, Stryker, Coloplast, Smith & Nephew, American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific, Medtronic, Guidant, Bard, & Bayer. 


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