Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Underway as Millions are Awarded to Women
In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that there were no apparent benefits when using transvaginal mesh when compared with other traditional surgical methods to treat pelvic organ prolapse. However, according to medical studies, both the mesh procedure and implantation of the device may cause serious complications.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Continue to Mount
As of June 2013, more than 20,000 women across the country have filed transvaginal mesh lawsuits, claiming that the device is dangerous and defective. In fact, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has created separate proceedings within the federal court for cases involving various manufacturers; five multidistrict litigations have been centralized with U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin presiding in the Southern District of West Virginia, according to press release by Newsday.
According to the court, there are at least 6,028 AMS lawsuits, 5,763 Ethicon Gynecare mesh lawsuits, 3,557 lawsuits against Boston Scientific, 2,938 lawsuits surrounding Bard Avaulta and 329 bladder sling lawsuits against Coloplast.
In the federal court system, the first vaginal mesh trials are scheduled to begin in July 2013 in lawsuits surrounding the Bard Avaulta mesh. Towards the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, three additional trials will be scheduled involving Ethicon, Boston Scientific and AMS transvaginal mesh.
FDA’s Controversial Approval Process
Many of the mesh devices in question were approved through a controversial process known as the 510(k). In this approval procedure, the FDA maintains that the manufacturer does not necessarily need to conduct pre-market testing and safety studies as long as the device in question is similar in style and function to other products currently on the market. Transvaginal mesh lawsuits allege that one or more of the manufacturers attempted to jump the gun when attempting to release their transvaginal mesh devices and failed to exercise due diligence and conduct proper testing before doing so.
Millions are Awarded to Women Suffering from Injuries
Several cases have already gone to trial in state courts, with a woman receiving $5.5 million in damages in California stemming from a July 2012 Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The woman had received an implant to treat stress urinary incontinence but shortly following the procedure, the mesh began to cut into her colon, causing serious and significant pain. At the time of the verdict last year, she had needed eight additional surgeries to remove the mesh and correct the problems that the surgery had caused.
Additionally, a New Jersey state court awarded $11.1 million in February 2013 to a woman seeking punitive damages stemming from Ethicon’s Gynecare Prolift mesh device.
Should You Be Concerned?
Any woman who was implanted with a transvaginal mesh device should have reason to be concerned. Many women received these implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP), conditions usually following a weakened pelvis during pregnancy or childbirth. Women may also experience prolapse of other internal organs such as the rectum, vaginal vault, small bowel, bladder or uterus. Currently, however, what should be a simple and safe procedure has turned into a catastrophic event as more and more women are suffering from painful and serious side effects including:
- Newly developed urinary incontinence
- Nerve damage and neuropathic pain
- Inability to stand or sit without excruciating pain
- Sexual difficulties
- Mesh protrusion into the vaginal wall
- Inflammation and infection
- Organ perforation and erosion
While the mesh was designed to strengthen weakened tissue and keep organs from bulging into the patient’s vagina, the device has allegedly caused more problems than it has cured.
Are You Suffering?
If you or someone you know was implanted with a transvaginal mesh device and are currently suffering from adverse side effects, contact us today. Our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys can work with you to determine if you are eligible to file a claim and seek compensation for your injuries. Time is often of the essence in these cases, so it is vital that you act now. Please call u at 1-888-217-3033 or submit the free case evaluation form on this page.