Thousands of women are currently filing surgical mesh lawsuits against different manufacturers including C.R. Bard and Johnson & Johnson. If you or someone you know has suffered from adverse side effects or serious complications as the result of surgical mesh implantation, you may be eligible to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit and obtain compensation for your injuries.
Filing a Surgical Mesh Lawsuit
Plaintiffs allege that the implant may erode through the vaginal wall, causing painful sexual intercourse, urinary problems and infections. Additionally, the patient may experience vaginal scarring, bowel, blood vessel and bladder perforation, and a recurrence of incontinence or prolapse.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert in 2008 regarding the serious complications associated with surgical mesh implant devices. In 2011, the FDA the FDA acknowledged there had been a five-fold increase in adverse event reports regarding the complications stemming with the implants, tallying over 3,800 reports of surgical mesh complications. Additionally, the FDA changed its previous position on how often these complications can occur, stating in the most recent alert that surgical mesh injuries stemming from pelvic organ prolapsed (POP) were not entirely rare.
If you have experienced one or more of these complications and are considering filing a surgical mesh lawsuit, consult an experienced attorney who can help you to determine your rights as a plaintiff.
Why File a Surgical Mesh Lawsuit?
Those who opt to receive a surgical mesh typically do so because they have experienced stress urinary continence or POP during either pregnancy or childbirth. Surgical mesh is a fairly popular, effective treatment for both of these conditions. The surgeon inserts the mesh through a vaginal or surgical incision and implants the device directly on the vaginal wall. The procedure, while relatively routine, is not necessarily what is causing concerns; rather, it is the device itself that is creating alarm.
In women who experience adverse side effects after receiving the mesh, they will typically need to undergo revision surgery to have the material taken out. This process is not always a one-time procedure; some women need to undergo two or three surgeries before the mesh is completely removed. Additionally, surgeries may be required to repair parts of the vaginal wall that had been damaged in the process. For women suffering from stress incontinence, the physician may often recommend a sling made from mesh; these procedures may cause additional complications such as narrow mesh exposure and obstruction of the bladder. In these cases, the sling must be removed and vaginal tissues must be reconstructed.
For many women, these procedures are no walk in the park; they can be time-consuming, expensive and extremely painful. Oftentimes, these revision surgeries come with consequences of their own. Some women report exhibiting more serious side effects such as damage to nearby organs. These women often have a good reason to file a surgical mesh lawsuit, as they would have never suffered these complications and surgical mesh injuries it the device was safe to use.
Potential Brands for a Surgical Mesh Lawsuit
The FDA-issued advisory included different styles and brands of surgical mesh devices. Ethicon Inc., C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific and American Medical Systems are currently dealing with lawsuits from plaintiffs alleging that their devices are defective. Most of the devices manufactured by these companies received FDA approval through the administration’s 510(k) program that does not require the manufacturer to submit to pre-market testing as long as the devices are similar to ones already on the market.
Women are claiming that they have suffered from adverse side effects and are seeking compensation for relevant medical expenses including medications and additional surgeries, lost wages and pain and suffering.
File a Claim While There is Time
If you or someone you love has suffered from adverse side effects or complications as the result of a surgical mesh implant and you believe you have a case, contact our attorneys today. We will help you to determine if you are eligible to file a surgical mesh lawsuit and will do everything we can to ensure that you receive just compensation for your injuries, medical bills, and lost wages. Call us today at 1-(888)-217-3033 to discuss your legal options.