Thousands of women have filed Boston Scientific mesh lawsuits alleging they were injured by the company’s transvaginal mesh products. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is already representing hundreds of women in transvaginal mesh lawsuits in state and federal courts, and is offering free legal evaluations to individuals injured by a Boston Scientific pelvic mesh product, including:
- Uphold Vaginal Support System
- Polyform Synthetic Mesh
- Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit
- Advantage Fit Sling System
- Obtryx Sling System
- Prefyx Sling System
- Solyx Sling System
- Lynx Sling System
If you or a woman you love received one of these Boston Scientific devices during surgery to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, you may be entitled to file a Boston Scientific mesh lawsuit to obtain compensation for your medical bills , lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. The attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP would be glad to answer any questions you have regarding Boston Scientific mesh injuries, and can advise you of the best way to proceed with your case. To learn more about filing a Boston Scientific mesh lawsuit, please give us a call today.
Boston Scientific Mesh Complications
Transvaginal mesh devices are implanted to support weakened pelvic muscles in women with pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Boston Scientific marketed the first vaginally implanted mesh, a product called Protegen. Just three years after it came on the market, Protegen was recalled after hundreds of women who received it suffered serious complications. However, Protegen has been cited as a predicate product for many other transvaginal mesh devices approved through the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) 510(k) clearance system, which allows medical manufacturers to sidestep human testing. While Protegen was recalled, the other products based on it were not.
In July 2011, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warned that transvaginal mesh products, like those manufactured by Boston Scientific, had been the subject of thousands of adverse event reports that detailed serious, and in some cases life-changing, complications. The high number of injuries associated with the use of pelvic mesh to treat prolapse also prompted the FDA to change its position that such complications were rare. According to the FDA alert, the most common side effects reported in association with transvaginal mesh included:
- Erosion of the mesh through the vaginal wall
- Infection and bleeding
- Mesh shrinkage
- Bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation
- Pain and discomfort during sex
- Painful urination
- Recurrence of prolapse
In January 2012, the FDA issued an order to Boston Scientific and other transvaginal mesh manufacturers, requiring them to study their products’ risks. The FDA is now considering reclassifying transvaginal mesh as a high-risk medical device.
Boston Scientific Mesh Litigation
By the end of 2012, more than 2,500 Boston Scientific Mesh lawsuits had been filed in state and federal courts by women who were allegedly injured by Boston Scientific pelvic mesh products. Most of those claims are pending in a federal multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. Bernstein Liebhard LLP Partner, Jeffrey S. Grand, is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Boston Scientific mesh litigation.
Have Questions about Boston Scientific Mesh Lawsuits? Contact an Attorney Today.
If you were injured by Boston Scientific mesh and are considering legal action, it’s important to keep track of your medical appointments, days off work and other expenses related to your injury. You should also obtain a copy of your medical records from your doctor. To learn more about the process for filing a Boston Scientific mesh lawsuit, please submit the free case evaluation form on this page or contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP today, by calling 1-888-217-3033.