300 Women in Canada File Class Action Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit
300 women in Canada are gearing up to file a class-action vaginal mesh lawsuit claiming injuries from pelvic mesh devices, a western Canadian newspaper reported earlier this month.
On Feb. 8, the Winnipeg Free Press said the case would be brought to a Winnipeg court the following week, with documents also being filed in Canadian provinces Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.
While these women are collectively filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit, each one has a different story to tell.
Plaintiff in Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Speaks Out
The first week in February, the Winnipeg Free Press profiled the anguish experienced by one plaintiff in this vaginal mesh lawsuit. The 49-year-old mother of four claims to have suffered pain since her vaginal mesh surgery last year, which has allegedly forced her to take a leave of absence from work. She described her life post-vaginal mesh as “Hell on Earth.”
Meanwhile, in the U.S., more than 8,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits are pending in federal court. Claims filed over devices manufactured by American Medical Systems, C.R. Bard Inc. and Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon have been coordinated in separate multidistrict litigations (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Proceedings are currently being overseen by U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.
Transvaginal mesh belongs to a class of devices implanted into a woman’s vaginal wall to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP).
Women who have filed vaginal mesh lawsuits have allegedly experienced one or more of the following complications:
- mesh erosion
- urinary problems
- pain during sexual intercourse
- recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and/or stress urinary incontinence (SUI)
- bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation during insertion
Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits in the News
Bellwether trials for some multidistrict litigations (MDL) involving vaginal mesh have already been scheduled. These trials will be among the first heard by juries and could indicate how future juries will respond to similar actions. The first bellwether trial for the MDL involving lawsuits filed over products manufactured by C.R. Bard Inc. is slated to begin in February 2013. According to court documents obtained in a December 2012 status conference, the first trial for lawsuits brought against American Medical Systems will begin December, 3, 2013.
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If you were injured as a result of being implanted with vaginal mesh, please submit the case evaluation form on this page or call Bernstein Liebhard LLP today at 1-888-217-3033. You may be eligible to seek compensation for any injuries you have been caused.