Over 10,000 Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Filings in Pending Litigation
According to court documents, a federal litigation is currently overseeing more than 10,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. A case list update released on September 24, 2013 reported that a staggering total of 10,108 transvaginal mesh lawsuits alleging injuries from Ethicon’s line of Gynecare products are currently in progress in the proceeding. The allegations were brought on behalf of patients who have sustained organ perforations, infection, chronic pain, mesh erosion and other complications resulting from implants manufactured by Gynecare, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.
A court order has also stated that the first bellwether trial is scheduled to begin on August 19, 2014 and will focus on Gynecare’s Prolift devices.
Plaintiffs Continue to File Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Court documents released at the end of September 2013 revealed that, including the increasing number of Ethicon transvaginal mesh lawsuits, over 30,000 claims involving transvaginal mesh products from Ethicon, Boston Scientific Corp., C.R. Bard, Inc., American Medical Systems, and other manufacturers are pending in federal proceedings established in the Southern District of West Virginia.
Additionally, thousands of Ethicon Gynecare transvaginal lawsuits have been consolidated into a multicounty litigation in process in the Atlantic County Superior Court in New Jersey. A recent case list posted on the court’s Web site indicates that a total of 4,421 transvaginal mesh lawsuits had been filed there as of September 23, 2013. This proceeding had finished its first trial in March 2013 with an $11 million damage award to a plaintiff who had allegedly sustained injuries caused by Ethicon’s Gynecare Prolift device.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning in October 2008 to consumers discussing the potential serious complications associated with the placement of transvaginal mesh to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Although rare, the FDA acknowledged that complications can arise and have serious consequences for the patient. The FDA also acknowledged that they had received over 1,000 reports from nine separate surgical mesh manufacturers of complications stemming from the transvaginal mesh devices.
Women who have suffered from serious or adverse transvaginal mesh complications may be entitled to receive compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, out-of-pocket medical expenses and other damages incurred by their injuries.
Injured by Transvaginal Mesh? Contact Bernstein Liebhard to Learn More
If you or someone you love have suffered from complications following transvaginal mesh implantation and you want to learn about your legal rights, call Bernstein Liebhard LLP at (888) 217-3033 or fill out the form on this page for a free consultation. Our lawyers will evaluate your case and file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit on your behalf should you have a valid claim. You may be advised to keep records of expenses, procedures and medical appointments to help solidify your claim.