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Surgical mesh lawsuits, such as those being filed against C.R. Bard, address medical, legal and moral issues concerning social responsibility. If you’ve been the victim of a surgical mesh injury, make sure you understand each aspect as medical decisions are often made differently than legal decisions.

  • Medical. First of all, anyone who is having a problem with this should seek the appropriate medical consultation and treatment. Regardless of whether you think you’re going to have a lawsuit, problems with surgical mesh are something you need to discuss with your doctor.
  • Legal. If you think you might pursue a claim, there are many qualified attorneys out there who are happy to discuss your particular case, find out what the injuries are, find out what’s been diagnosed, and then provide an opinion on whether or not filing a lawsuit is in your best interest. Most attorneys have free initial consultations and reviews and will take cases like this on a contingent fee basis, which means that the attorney thinks enough of your case to invest her or his time and capital to pursue it.When looking for an attorney, it’s important to find somebody who has practiced personal injury law, product liability law and has experience with pharmaceutical cases. Although many general practitioners are very well-qualified, product liability cases involving medical devices and pharmaceuticals can be complicated and are better suited to attorneys who understand how these cases work.
  • Moral. In situations like this, a socially responsible manufacturer should (and is legally required to) adequately test its products and adequately warn of the risks. That responsibility doesn’t end once the product is on the market.

The experience and knowledge of these companies should dictate that additional warnings must be given in an ongoing fashion to address what the appropriate design for something like this should have been. In addition, they should be addressing the training of physicians who use the products and adequately address their recommendations for when the products should and should not be used.

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