Vaginal Mesh FAQs

Answers to common and frequently asked legal questions  related to vaginal mesh

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What is transvaginal mesh?

Transvaginal mesh is a synthetic mesh material, much like a woven fabric, that is implanted vaginally to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI).  During urogynecologic procedures, the material is implanted in the vagina to support weakened pelvic floor muscles.  Transvaginal mesh may also be referred to as vaginal mesh, pelvic mesh, or pelvic sling.

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What is pelvic organ prolapse (POP)?

Pelvic organ prolapse or POP occurs when the muscles and ligaments that hold the pelvic organs in place become stretched and/or weaken and allow those organs to slip out of place.  Also known as pelvic floor disorder, this potentially painful condition is often linked to the strain of childbirth, or certain pelvic surgeries, including hysterectomy.  Some women do not have symptoms from POP, but for others, the condition may negatively impact the quality of life by causing pelvic discomfort and interfering with daily activities.

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What is stress urinary incontinence (SUI)?

SUI is a condition where patients lose urine involuntarily during physical activity such as laughing, sneezing, coughing, or exercising.  SUI most often affects women who have experienced childbirth or some other condition that weakens their pelvic floor muscles. It is believed the condition affects an estimated 20-40 percent of women.

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What is the status of transvaginal mesh litigations?

Transvaginal mesh lawsuits are currently pending against several manufacturers including:

  • American Medical Systems, Inc.
  • Boston Scientific
  • C.R. Bard, Inc.
  • Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division.

Several large  transvaginal mesh litigations have been established  in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, including In re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2325”); In re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2326); and In re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2187”) and In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2327”).  Consolidated litigations involving Ethicon vaginal mesh products, as well as devices manufactured by C.R. Bard are also underway in New Jersey Superior Court.

Over 40,000 federally filed vaginal mesh lawsuits have been consolidated in Multidistrict Litigation in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia under Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. Across the seven MDLs, there are 6,167 cases against C.R. Bard; 16,600 against American Medical Systems (AMS); 8,311 against Boston Scientific Corp; 12,977 against Ethicon Inc.; 1,268 against Coloplast Corp; 169 against Cook Medical Inc.; 25 against Neomedic. Thousands of cases are also pending in state courts.

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What is Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s role in the ongoing transvaginal mesh litigation?

Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner, Jeffrey Grand, is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in each of the federal vaginal mesh litigations pending in West Virginia. In addition, Mr. Grand was named Co-Liason Counsel in the New Jersey state litigations.

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What are some potential vaginal mesh complications?

Between 2008 and 2010, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) received more than 1,500 reports of transvaginal mesh complications after POP repair surgery, including:

  • Erosion of the mesh into the vagina (also called exposure, extrusion or protrusion)
  • Contraction or shrinkage of the mesh
  • Pelvic pain
  • Urinary problems
  • Vaginal scarring
  • Infections
  • Organ perforation
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Bleeding
  • Chronic discharge
  • Blood vessel or tissue damage
  • Emotional problems
  • Neuromuscular problems
  • Recurrent prolapse

In July 2011, the FDA warned that serious complications associated with surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of POP are not rare, a change from its previous position on this issue.

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Why are vaginal mesh complications rates so high?

In 1996, the first vaginal mesh product was approved by the FDA under its 510(k) clearance protocols.  This process does not require a manufacturer to conduct thorough testing of the product if the device is shown to be substantially equivalent to a product already on the market.  Public health advocates have repeatedly criticized 510(K) approvals for being too lax, and many believe this process has allowed dangerous medical products, including transvaginal mesh, to come to market.

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Does vaginal mesh POP repair offer patients any benefits over non-mesh procedures?

So far, there is little to no evidence of an added benefit.  In July 2011, the FDA acknowledged that it was not clear that transvaginal POP repair with mesh is more effective than traditional non-mesh repair in all patients with the condition.  The agency also warned that mesh procedures may expose patients to greater risk.

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Are vaginal mesh injuries treatable?

According to the alert issued by the FDA in July 2011, “Removal of [vaginal] mesh due to mesh complications may involve multiple surgeries and significantly impair the patient’s quality of life. Complete removal of mesh may not be possible and may not result in complete resolution of complications, including pain.”  Unfortunately, the pain and disability endured by many women who experience vaginal mesh injuries is often far worse than the condition that led to their original surgery.

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Has the FDA ordered a vaginal mesh recall?

Thus far, the FDA has not issued a vaginal mesh recall, despite calls from some public health advocates to do so.    In January 2012, the agency did announce it was considering subjecting transvaginal mesh used in POP repair to greater regulatory scrutiny by reclassifying the products as Class III medical devices.  The manufacturers of vaginal mesh devices have also been ordered by the FDA to conduct post-market safety studies of their products.

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What should I do if I think I might be suffering vaginal mesh complications?

If you or a woman you care about is experiencing complications following surgery with transvaginal mesh, it is important you seek medical advice.  Be sure to maintain records of all of your physician appointments, expenses, and procedures, as these will be important should you decide to pursue a vaginal mesh lawsuit.

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How can I determine if I have a case for filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit?

The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP would be happy to assist you in determining if you have a valid case for pursuing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit, and will file an individual case on your behalf if it is determined that you do.  The firm offers free, no obligation lawsuit evaluations to all victims of transvaginal mesh injuries.  Simply fill out our online form, and a member of our legal staff will contact you shortly.

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Will I be suing my doctor if I file a vaginal mesh lawsuit?

No. Vaginal mesh lawsuits allege these devices were defectively manufactured, and that the companies marketing the products failed to warn about their significant risks.  While these companies are named as defendants in vaginal mesh claims, physicians are not being sued.

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How much money can I expect to receive by filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit?

Should your vaginal mesh lawsuit be successful, your total compensation will be determined by the extent of your injuries and other damages.  You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other damages.

In a  recent verdict, a jury awarded a California Couple $5.5 Million in a Vaginal Mesh lawsuit.

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Can I still file a vaginal mesh lawsuit if I don’t have health insurance?

Absolutely. In fact, filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit can enable you to obtain reimbursement for any medical bills and lost wages you have incurred as a result of being treated for vaginal mesh complications.

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If I file a vaginal mesh lawsuit, what type of records will you need from me?

If you decide to move forward with filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit, you will need to keep your attorney informed about your ongoing medical treatment.  This means keeping track of all of your medical appointments and days off work because of your treatment or injury.  You should also obtain all of your medical records pertaining to your injury and treatment from your doctor.

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Can I still file vaginal mesh lawsuit if I live in the United States, but I am not a U.S. Citizen?

In most cases, non-citizens have the same rights as a citizen to pursue compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages incurred as a result of negligent personal injuries.  With competent legal counsel on your side, your immigration status should have very little impact on your vaginal mesh lawsuit.

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Will I be able to discuss filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit with someone at your law firm in Spanish?

Absolutely.  Bernstein Liebhard LLP has attorneys and legal staff fluent in both English and Spanish who are available to answer any questions you might have about a potential vaginal mesh lawsuit.

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My vaginal mesh implant has not been recalled, can I still file a lawsuit?

Yes. You may still file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit, even in the absence of a transvaginal mesh recall. In fact, no vaginal mesh recall has been implemented since the FDA issued warnings about the devices in 2008 and 2011. Yet tens of thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed in federal and state courts over injuries allegedly caused surgical mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.

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I had revision surgery performed and now I feel fine, am I still able to file a mesh lawsuit?

It’s wonderful that you’re feeling better – many victims of transvaginal mesh complications aren’t so fortunate. However, you can still file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit to obtain compensation for the medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages that you incurred prior to your recovery.

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I would like to file a vaginal mesh lawsuit for a loved one that recently passed away due to mesh complications. How should I proceed?

If your loved one died due to transvaginal mesh complications, your family may be entitled to compensation for their wrongful death, medical expenses, funeral costs, and future lost earnings. Please call Bernstein Liebhard LLP to learn more.

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What are the symptoms of vaginal mesh failure?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported that the most commonly reported vaginal mesh complications are:

  • Mesh erosion through vaginal tissue
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Urinary problems
  • Recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence

According to the agency, surgery to the remove the mesh does not always improve vaginal mesh complications, as pieces of the device embed in the body’s tissues, making complete removal nearly impossible.

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What is the difference between a vaginal mesh lawsuit and a medical malpractice lawsuit?

Medical malpractice lawsuits are filed when a doctor, other healthcare professional or medical facility deviates from the standard of care and makes an error that causes a patient to sustain severe complications. Vaginal mesh lawsuits allege that the defective design and manufacture of these devices, not medical error, caused women to suffer serious injuries. Medical professionals and facilities are not being named defendants in transvaginal mesh lawsuits.

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What type of experience does Bernstein Liebhard have litigating vaginal mesh cases?

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is playing a leading role in the litigation involving vaginal mesh lawsuits. Jeffrey S. Grand, a firm partner, is a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees for four transvaginal mesh litigations now underway in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia for lawsuits filed against American Medical Systems, Inc., Boston Scientific Corp., C.R. Bard, Inc. and Ethicon, Inc. Mr. Grand was also named Co-Liaison Counsel in two consolidated litigations underway in New Jersey Superior Court for transvaginal mesh claims involving Ethicon and C.R. Bard products. In addition, he served on the trial team for the New Jersey proceeding’s first Ethicon trial, and helped to obtain a judgment of more than $11 million for the Plaintiff.

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What should I look for when selecting a vaginal mesh lawyer?

If you are thinking of filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit, it is important to seek out a vaginal mesh lawyer who has a proven track record of successfully representing victims of defective medical products. At Bernstein Liebhard LLP, our attorneys have recovered more $3 billion for the injured consumers, including those harmed by dangerous medical devices. Our vaginal mesh attorneys are playing a leading role in the litigation involving transvaginal mesh, and possess a deep understanding of the sensitive nature of these cases.

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What kind of compensation have vaginal mesh victims received?

Some plaintiffs in vaginal mesh lawsuits have been awarded multi-million judgments at trial, including both compensatory and punitive damage awards. Compensatory damages are typically awarded for losses directly related to an injury, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, permanent disability, emotional distress, loss of quality of life, and spousal loss of consortium. Punitive damages are awarded when the defendants named in a lawsuit are found guilty of intentional misconduct and gross negligence.

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Does your firm handle bladder sling lawsuits?

Yes. As long as the bladder sling was implanted transvaginally, Bernstein Liebhard LLP can handle your lawsuit.

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What should I do if I think I am suffering from vaginal mesh side effects?

First, consult your physician and take care of your physical health. Then, speak to a lawyer to discuss your legal options. If your case ends successfully, you might be eligible for compensatory damages, and possibly even punitive damages.

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What does multidistrict litigation mean? How does this affect my mesh case?

A multidistrict litigation enables individual lawsuits brought over one particular product to be consolidated under one judge. When cases are consolidated in this fashion, lawsuits are subject to coordinated pretrial proceedings, including discovery. This prevents duplicative discovery and inconsistent rulings, and helps conserve the resources of the courts, parties and witnesses. However, even though the cases are grouped together for pretrial purposes, every lawsuit in a multidistrict litigation maintains its own identity.  Any case that is not resolved in the course of the multidistrict litigation is sent back to its original court of filing for trial.

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What type of compensation can I receive by filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit?

Victims of vaginal mesh implant complications may be entitled to receive compensation for damages related to their injuries, such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Permanent disability
  • Emotional distress
  • Spousal loss of consortium

Also, if any of the defendants named in your vaginal mesh lawsuit are found guilty of “intentional misconduct” and “gross negligence,” you may be entitled to punitive damages.

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How do I find out what type of vaginal mesh I have?

If you are unsure as to what type of vaginal mesh was used in your transvaginal mesh surgery, be sure to contact your physician or the hospital where you underwent your surgery. If you are not able to obtain this information, an attorney can help.

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Can I sue for complications resulting from a vaginal sling?

If the sling was implanted transvaginally, you may able to file a vaginal mesh lawsuit if you suffered serious complications due to the device. However, if you had surgical mesh implanted abdominally to treat stress urinary incontinence, you would not qualify for a lawsuit.

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Which vaginal mesh products have been recalled?

While the FDA has issued two warnings about transvaginal mesh complications since 2008, there have been no transvaginal mesh recalls announced since then. However, in the summer of 2012, Ethicon announced it would suspend sales of some of its Gynecare products, while C.R. Bard did the same with its Avaulta mesh devices.

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My doctor has scheduled me for revision surgery, do I qualify to file a mesh lawsuit?

It is very likely that you do qualify to file a mesh lawsuit if you were transvaginally implanted with surgical mesh device prior to July 2011 to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence. You should speak to a vaginal mesh lawyer to determine your rights.

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My mesh was implanted after 2011, can I still file a lawsuit?

To be eligible to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit, you must have undergone surgery prior to July 2011. That’s when the FDA issued its second of two alerts on transvaginal mesh complications.

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I had surgical mesh implanted to treat a hernia, do I have a case?

At this time, we are only evaluating those cases involving the transvaginal implantation of mesh devices to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.

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How do I know if my vaginal mesh implant has been recalled?

No recent recalls have been implemented over transvaginal mesh devices. However, Ethicon and C.R. Bard have ceased selling some of their vaginal mesh devices. An attorney can tell you if the mesh used in your surgery is involved in ongoing litigation.

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Is there a difference between transvaginal mesh and vaginal mesh?

No. Transvaginal mesh implants, also known as vaginal mesh, are used to surgically treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Transvaginal mesh lawsuits now moving through the courts involve any surgical mesh device that is transvaginally implanted through the vagina and attached to the vaginal wall to strengthen weakened pelvic floor muscles.

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How many women have filed vaginal mesh lawsuits?

To date (September 2013), more than 20,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed in federal litigations pending against a number of transvaginal mesh manufacturers including American Medical Systems, Inc., Boston Scientific Corp., C.R. Bard, and Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit. These cases are pending in federal multidistrict litigations in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia.

Thousands of other claims have been filed in state courts nationwide. For example, over 4,360 Ethicon transvaginal mesh cases have been filed at the state court level in a multicounty litigation pending in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court. More than 800 C.R. Bard transvaginal mesh lawsuits are pending in the same jurisdiction.

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Have there been any vaginal mesh settlements or verdicts? If so, for how much?

Yes. As of August 2013, a number of transvaginal mesh lawsuits that had gone to trial and concluded in favor of plaintiffs.  In July 2012, a woman in a California state case who alleged injuries due to a C.R. Bard Avaulta device was awarded more than $5 million, with the device maker ordered to pay a $3.5 million portion of the verdict. In March 2013, a victim of Ethicon’s Gynecare Prolift device was awarded $11 million in compensatory and punitive damages by a New Jersey Superior Court jury. And in August 2013, the first C.R. Bard case to go to trial in the federal multidistrict litigation ended with a $2 million verdict for the plaintiff. Shortly after that vaginal mesh lawsuit verdict was announced, C.R. Bard reached a transvaginal mesh settlement for an undisclosed amount in the case selected for the federal litigation’s second trial.

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How long will I wait to receive compensation after filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit?

In many product liability cases, you can expect to wait an average of two years before you case is fully resolved. Although your case me be settled out of court, that is not always the case and does not typically occur unless both you and the defendant have prepared for a trial.

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What will it cost to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit?

At Bernstein Liebhard, we accept cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that if we are not able to make a recovery for you, you will not owe any legal fees. If we are able to resolve your case we will receive a percentage of the recovery. The exact percentage and process is clearly outlined in your retainer agreement with the firm

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Why should I choose Bernstein Liebhard to represent me in a vaginal mesh lawsuit?

The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard have years of experience representing injured plaintiffs and consumers across the United States. Our firm consists of paralegals, investigators and skilled attorneys who work to ensure that you get the compensation to which you are entitled. Since our formation, Bernstein Liebhard has successfully recovered over $3 billion for our clients. When you call us, you can expect to work with one of our attorneys; and not have your case referred out to another law firm.

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If a loved one passed away after being implanted with transvaginal mesh, can I file a lawsuit on her behalf?

We understand the devastating impact a loss can have on a family; no amount of financial compensation can help to relieve this pain. However, if you are suffering the loss of a loved one due to transvaginal mesh complications, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit to help your family receive the finances necessary to lay your family member to rest. Additionally, this compensation can help to secure your finances as you will be living without the deceased’s income to support you.

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If Bernstein Liebhard accepts my vaginal mesh case, what happens next?

As we begin to work on your case, we  will review your medical records and expect you to keep us informed of any changes in your condition. If your physician decides to begin a new treatment or a different medication or if you are diagnosed with any new complications, it is imperative that you let us know so that we can determine the best way to proceed with your case.

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What is the difference between a vaginal mesh class action lawsuit and an individual vaginal mesh lawsuit?

We often urge our clients to pursue an individual lawsuit rather than a class action lawsuit. While many believe that class actions involve more people and, therefore, more money, such is not the case. Class action lawsuits group similar plaintiffs with similar injuries to award them the same compensation. If you have suffered from serious or adverse side effects, you may be entitled to receive more compensation by filing an individual vaginal mesh lawsuit than you would if you were to join a vaginal mesh class action lawsuit.

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Is there a certain amount of time in which I have to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit?

Yes. In personal injury and product liability cases, the statute of limitations, or the time in which you must file a claim in order to remain eligible, is often two years. However, this specific timeframe varies and will depend on the state in which the injury occurred; because Bernstein Liebhard represents clients across the country, we are well-versed in the various statute of limitations laws.

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What are the allegations in transvaginal mesh lawsuits?

Plaintiffs filing transvaginal mesh lawsuits allege that the mesh causes serious complications including infections, bleeding, erosion, recurrent prolapse, emotional and neuromuscular problems, pelvic pain and vaginal scarring, among other injuries.

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How are my damages calculated when I file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit?

Each mesh case is different; there is no way to guess how much compensation you can expect to receive without fully examining the details surrounding your situation. Your attorney will evaluate your lost wages, the extent of your suffering and pain, your medical bills and the seriousness of your injuries in order to calculate your damages.

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If I live outside of New York, will you still accept my mesh case if I am eligible to file a claim?

If we decide that you have a valid claim for your injuries and you do not reside in New York, we will still handle your case. In fact, Bernstein Liebhard is a national law firm that represents clients from across the U.S., so while we are physically located in New York, your current location does not prevent us from handling your case.

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What if I didn’t suffer any injuries? Can I still file a vaginal mesh lawsuit?

In order to be eligible to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit, you must have had the mesh implanted before July 13, 2011 and underwent a subsequent removal of the mesh or have received a current diagnosis from your physician that this procedure is necessary.

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Who is being sued in transvaginal mesh lawsuits?

The defendants in transvaginal mesh lawsuits are the manufacturers of the devices including Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division, C.R. Bard, Inc., Boston Scientific and American Medical Systems, Inc.

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How can you prove that transvaginal mesh hurt me?

Our experienced lawyers will work with you to ensure that we obtain proof that your condition was caused by transvaginal mesh. When you hire us, you will give us permission to access your medical records and consult with your healthcare provider to gather evidence of your condition. Additionally, we have the ability to call on medical experts that can help us to link your condition to transvaginal mesh, citing clinical trials and studies that show similar side effects and injuries.

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Are there any outstanding warnings about transvaginal mesh that were released by the FDA?

Yes. Since 2005, over 1,000 transvaginal mesh complications have been reported to the FDA pertaining to nine different manufacturers.

  • In 2008, the FDA issued a safety warning regarding serious complications when used for treatment of POP and stress urinary incontinence.
  • In 2009, the FDA acknowledged that they had received over 1,500 reports of complications from patients between 2008 and 2010.
  • In 2011, an advisory panel suggested that the FDA request more accurate evidence pertaining to potential risks and complications. Additionally, the FDA warned that placement of transvaginal mesh to treat POP may come with more risks that other available surgical treatments without showing greater benefits.
  • In 2012, the FDA ordered manufacturers to thoroughly evaluate the risks associated with their products.

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Why are patients still being implanted with transvaginal mesh if it is unsafe?

Unfortunately, there is little evidence to suggest that transvaginal mesh is safer than other non-mesh procedures. With mounting indications and clinical trials suggesting potentially dangerous links between transvaginal mesh and serious complications such as recurrent pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and organ perforation, the medical community continues to question why transvaginal mesh is still an acceptable form of treatment for those suffering from stress urinary incontinence and POP.

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Can transvaginal mesh be fatal or cause life-threatening complications?

Yes. Not only can vaginal mesh cause serious and painful injuries, but the device may be linked to life-threatening and fatal conditions such as:

  • Hemorrhages
  • Bladder perforation
  • Bowel perforation
  • Surgical mesh erosion
  • Mesh contraction

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How do I identify my transvaginal mesh implant?

You can identify your implant by getting your operation report and implant records, which should be included in your medical records. These records will be with your physician or at the hospital where the surgery was performed. Your insurance company may also have this data included in their billing information. You should know the manufacturer of the device, the device name, model, and lot number.

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What is transvaginal mesh revision surgery (excision)?

In a revision or excision surgery, doctors try to remove the mesh from the body. Many times, revision surgery is a long, complex process that carries risks and often has a significant recovery time. Some women have undergone multiple revision surgeries to attempt to remove the mesh.

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Have vaginal mesh devices been removed from the market?

Some vaginal mesh products have been removed from the market by their manufacturers. In June of 2012, Ethicon discontinued the following GyneCare devices –

  • Prolift Kit and the +M Kit
  • TVT Secur
  • Prosima Pelvic Floor Repair Kit.

C.R. Bard has discontinued its Avaulta Plus mesh.

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Is vaginal mesh used in hysterectomy procedures?

When a hysterectomy is performed due to pelvic organ prolapse, physicians may implant a mesh to support the pelvic floor and secure organs against prolapse.

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Can my vaginal mesh be removed successfully?

Revision surgery can be quite complex, as the fine fibers of the mesh can fuse to local tissues and organs. When this happens, the patient often must face multiple revision surgeries consisting of cutting away the mesh and connected tissue.

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What is the status of the American Medical Systems vaginal mesh multidistrict litigation in WV?

In March 2014, the court ordered that the first two bellwether trial dates In Re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Product Liability Litigation – MDL No 2325 be changed. The new scheduled date for the first bellwether trial is June 2, 2014 and the second will begin on July 7, 2014.

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What is the status of the Boston Scientific vaginal mesh multidistrict litigation in WV?

All bellwether trial dates previously established for In re: Boston Scientific Corp., (MDL No. 2326) have been cancelled.

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What is the status of the C.R. Bard vaginal mesh multidistrict litigation in WV?

The first trial resulted in a $2 million award after the court found the mesh was defective. Bard settled the second case out of court for an unknown amount. The plaintiff dropped the third case, and the final case In re: C.R. Bard, Inc., (MDL No. 2187) is currently scheduled for May 19, 2014.

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What is the status of the Ethicon vaginal mesh multidistrict litigation in WV?

The first bellwether In re: Ethicon, Inc. (MDL No. 2327) ended in February 17, 2014 in a direct verdict. The second trial is scheduled for June 23, 1024, and the third bellwether trial is scheduled for December 4, 2014. A fourth bellwether has not yet been scheduled.

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Are women with vaginal mesh implants still filling lawsuits?

Yes. To date 40,000 people have filed product liability lawsuits in federal court and some estimates say that several thousand new lawsuits are filed each month.

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