Composix Kugel Hernia Mesh Lawsuits have been filed by over 2,000 people

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted May 6, 2008


According to an annual report recently filed by C.R. Bard, Inc, over 2,000 people have already filed Composix Kugel Hernia Mesh lawsuits. Thousands of other potential claims are currently being investigated by attorneys, and many more people could experience hernia repair problems in the future if they had one of the defective Davol/Bard hernia mesh patches implanted to repair a ventral hernia.

>>INFORMATION: Kugel Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

The annual report, which was filed with the SEC as a Form 10-K filing, indicates that 580 federal and 280 state Composix Kugel lawsuits have been filed on behalf of approximately 2,135 plaintiffs as of February 25, 2008. In addition, nine putative Kugel hernia mesh class action suits have been filed against C.R. Bard, Inc., though none of them have yet been certified.

According to Bard, the putative Kugel mesh class action suits seek (a) medical monitoring for individuals who received one of the hernia patches, (b) compensatory damages for injuries caused by the defective mesh, (c ) punitive damages, (d) a judicial finding of defect and causation and/or (e) attorney fees.

The majority of the lawsuits filed are individual claims on behalf of people who have suffered personal injuries following a hernia repair as a result of defective surgical mesh manufactured by Davol, Inc., a subsidiary of Bard. The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent people who are pursuing individual Kugel lawsuits to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages and the pain and suffering caused by the defective hernia patches.

All of the federal Kugel Mesh cases have been transferred to the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island for pre-trial proceedings, as part of a Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL”). Of the state Kugel lawsuits, 245 have been filed in the Superior Court of the State of Rhode Island, where the hernia patch manufacturer is based, with approximately 35 others in various jurisdictions throughout the United States.

C.R. Bard, Inc. disclosed these figures as part of their annual report required by the United States Security and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Form 10-K, which was recently filed for the company’s fiscal year ended December 31, 2007, provides a comprehensive overview of publicly traded companies’ business and financial conditions.

>>SEC LINK: Bard Annual Report
(search for “2,135” to locate discussion
about Composix Kugel Mesh lawsuits)

Bard reported, “We believe that many settlements and judgments relating to the Composix Claims may be covered in whole or in part under our product liability insurance policies. ”


The Kugel hernia mesh lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are continuing to review potential lawsuits on behalf of individuals who have experienced problems following a hernia surgery. Many people who contact our law firm for a free claim evaluation are unaware of the type of hernia mesh patch used during their surgery. Following a free consultation, our legal team can help determine whether problems may be related to defective surgical hernia mesh manufactured by Davol / Bard.

If you, a friend or family member believe you may qualify for a Kugel hernia mesh lawsuit, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

7 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • janet says:

    I had a surgery in 6/04 – infection resulted in mesh removal in 12/04. I am now facing a very serious surgery to remove some of the mesh that was left in from the removal. Draining fistula and now will have to have animal byproduct mesh put in and bowel resection.

    Posted on May 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm

  • Kelly says:

    I also have a fistuala, resulting from a large mesh repair…and am facing surgery to remove it.

    I’m told the surgery will be very long, and very dangerous, and most likely done over 2-3 surgeries. NO ONE has mentioned this problem with this mesh that I had put in in 2000, in fact, leading me to believe that this was just ‘to be expected’ from this mesh surgery…

    Posted on June 4, 2008 at 5:53 pm

  • Vicki says:

    After 3 surgeries, where my intestine adhered to the patch and cause severe pain. Now the Kugel Mesh Patch has attached itself to my Liver. Which can not be removed. Due to severe bleeding.

    Posted on January 31, 2009 at 7:23 am

  • Gene says:

    August 17,2006 I had two hernia’s repaired with Kugel mesh patches. The pain started 3 days after surgery and has only gotten worse. The patch in my groin is against the nerve in my right leg and right testicle. The pain is being masked by pain managment 150 mg. Lyrica daily and injections to burn the nerve in my leg. Returning to the original surgeon gave me no hope. If I fail to take the regiment of Lyrica the pain is debilitating, nausea, sharp abdomial pain, leg pain, right testicle pains, pain in stomach area after light meals.Total fatigue after a short 4 hour light day of work. All these complaints and the surgeon is not concerned enough to fullfil obligations.

    Posted on April 24, 2009 at 10:45 pm

  • mary says:

    i had the patch put in 2005, for two years i suffered miserably, i found a doctor that would work on me due to the size of the hernia that redeveloped (small watermelon), after surgery i found out the patch was broke in 14 pieces, all of it could not be removed, i still have some in me, my whole transverse colon, large intestine and small intestine were living in the hernia, i had adheadsions and infection and a few other things, with the second surgery i was implanted with bovine and donor material, the infection took off, I had a drain tube in me for two moths was on all kinds of antibiotics, no help, i wound up back in the hospital with staph, sepsis, septic shock, abcess (huge) and a few other things, i had sugery agian, lived in the hospital for awhile on antibiotic treatment, then got sent home for an additional two months living on a PIC line and having anurse come twice a day everyday to administer antibitiocs. after removel of the PIC line i continued more antibitotics for 2 months. i had to have the muscels in my sides cut nd drawn around front to close the hole in me, i can not have a patch ever again. i have more issues still today but my doctor says it is too risky to go back in again, i currently have a new hernia, inflamation pouches and i carry a infection that flares up at will, not to mention the physical looking side effects, i still have bowel trouble after the bowel ressection. life is not great. my doctors think i am lucky to of survived all the infections they said we had to pull the big guns out on you, you shoud of died.

    Posted on June 7, 2009 at 2:09 pm

  • steve says:

    i have had five henia sergeries with mesh ,the fist in 2000 and the last in 2007.but thats not the end,i have herniated again.two of my sergeries were emergencies both times i was close to one period between april 2002 and aug.2003 i had an infection with a drain tube in my abdomin.i have to many akes and pains to count not to mention my fisical a farmer and have had to sell my cattle ,my life sucks!!!

    Posted on September 24, 2009 at 9:14 pm

  • bill says:

    I had composix mesh placed in me to repair an insigenal hernia. I have had problems for several years. I was told after a ct scan and colonoscapy that I had constriction in 2 places which would cause me to distend. A surgeon told me that he would do surgery but only when it was a have to because of my medical condition. He told me that I would eventually have to have it and said I might could make it 2 years but he was not sure. I made for two and a half years with some restrictions on certain foods and had to deal with distention on a weekly bases which was painful. When ever I started distending I could only have liquids and if it did not resolve I would have to go to the hospital and have my stomach drained, which did happen a few times. I had the mesh inserted in october of 2006. I recently had to have surgery which was november of 2011. I went into the hospital with severe pain and what looked like a hernia but it was not. The doctor lanced the area so it could drain which it did for almost a week in the hospital. The reason it took a week is they wanted me to come off of my blood thinner. They did surgery, I had 2 surgeons working on me for two and a half hours cleaning me out. The said that is perferated my colon, and I had fistulas floating around, that I was massively infected and that it had matastisized to tissue and muscle. They had to remove alot of tissue and some muscle because of the problem and had to do a colon resection.

    Posted on February 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm

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