Six manufacturers are currently facing transvaginal mesh lawsuits from plaintiffs across the U.S. to seek compensation for their lost wages, pain, suffering and relevant medical expenses. Lawyers specializing in transvaginal mesh lawsuits are handling claims that pertain to products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, Ethicon, Cooke Medical and Coloplast.
If you or a woman you love experienced mesh erosion, infections, pain, or other effects while fitted with transvaginal mesh, contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP today to learn more about your legal rights and how to go about filing a claim to recover damages for your condition.
Manufacturers Facing Mounting Lawsuits
American Medical Systems
Claims against American Medical Systems have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. Products include:
- MiniArc Sling
- Monarc Subfascial Hammock
Similarly, plaintiffs filing claims against Boston Scientific are also involved in a MDL proceeding currently underway in the U.S. District of West Virginia. Products in question include:
- Advantage Fit System
- Uphold Vaginal Support System
- Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit
- Solyx SIS System
C.R. Bard is currently facing a multicounty proceeding underway in New Jersey and a separate MDL pending in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia from plaintiffs who have allegedly sustained complications while fitted with the following products:
- Avaulta BioSynthetic Support Systems
- Avaulta Solo
Gynecare has been named as a defendant in a multicounty litigation in New Jersey for the following devices:
- Prolene Mesh
Additionally, Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is also involved in a MDL proceeding currently underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia for the following named devices:
Plaintiffs who have suffered from transvaginal mesh complications due to products manufactured by Coloplast are currently awaiting a MDL proceeding that has been established in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. Products in question include:
- T-Sling-Universal Polypropylene Sling System
- Aris-Transobturator Sling System
- Supris-Suprapubic Sling System
Transvaginal mesh lawsuits involving Cook Medical products have also been transferred to a MDL in the Southern District of West Virginia. The products involved include:
- Surgiss Biodesign Tension-Free Urethral Sling
- Surgiss Biodesign Anterior Pelvic Floor Graft
- Surgiss Biodesign Posterior Pelvic Floor Graft
- Cook Urological Stratasis Tension-Free Urethral Sling.
Vaginal Mesh Complications: Infection, Erosion, Revision Surgeries and More
Women who experienced transvaginal mesh complications after receiving these implants to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse may have legal recourse for their conditions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on July 13, 2011 that those undergoing pelvic organ prolapse repair with a transvaginal mesh implant may be at an increased risk for complications than women pursuing other surgical methods. Since several manufacturers of transvaginal mesh implants allegedly failed to warn physicians and patients of this increased risk, women suffering from complications may be entitled to file a claim and seek compensation for pain and suffering, lost income and medical expenses.
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) repair surgeries may be performed through the vagina or the abdomen using stitches or a transvaginal mesh implant to reinforce the repair and provide support to the organs within the pelvis. However, according to the FDA, the placement of the mesh within the vagina may place patients at a greater risk for developing complications than other alternative procedures. The agency also claims that the increased risk of adverse effects does not necessarily mean that transvaginal mesh implants provide greater clinical benefits.
The following are among the most commonly reported transvaginal mesh complications noted by women who chose transvaginal mesh implants as treatment methods for their POP conditions:
- Urinary problems
- Mesh erosion
- Vaginal scarring
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Blood vessel, bladder and bowel perforation
- Inability to sit
The FDA first released a public health notification in October 2008 to alert the public and medical communities of the potential complications associated with transvaginal mesh products used to treat POP and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). In the announcement, the agency reported that it had received over 1,000 adverse event reports over the last three years regarding products manufactured by nine separate companies. Since then, the number of complications has increased from 1,000 between 2005 and 2007 to more than 2,800 between 2008 and 2011.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP Can Help Victims Recover Damages for Their Injuries
In light of the FDA mesh warnings, Bernstein Liebhard LLP is currently offering free, no-obligation case evaluations to review claims of transvaginal mesh complications from women who were implanted with several types of bladder slings and transvaginal mesh implants. If you or a loved one suffered adverse effects following a mesh procedure or if you have questions about filing a claim, it is imperative that you immediately consult with your physician and speak to the experienced attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP.
Bernstein Liebhard LLP will evaluate your case and file an individual lawsuit on your behalf. Please call (888) 217-3033 to speak with one of our transvaginal mesh lawyers or fill out the case evaluation form on this page, and someone from our legal team will be in touch with you.