Need a pelvic mesh lawyer? You may be eligible for compensation if you have a transvaginal mesh (TVM)/pelvic mesh implant and are presently experiencing severe, significant side effects after one or more revision surgeries. According to reports, far too many women have encountered difficulties due to serious complications from vaginal mesh implants.
Many manufacturers’ devices, including American Medical Systems AMS, C.R. Bard, Inc, Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson, and Covidien, have been flagged as potentially dangerous.
Worse, women might have lifetime discomfort in rare situations even after removing the surgical meshes. The FDA categorized Transvaginal mesh as a class III high-risk device in 2016. Mesh “often restores anatomy,” according to research, but it has not been proven to increase therapeutic benefit over typical non-mesh repair.
You may be eligible for monetary compensation if you or a loved one need corrective surgery due to pelvic mesh injuries or other vaginal mesh complications.
The Thomas Plouff Law Firm’s skilled, aggressive Pelvic Mesh attorneys will assess your case at no cost and assist you in pursuing justice for the pain and suffering, medical expenditures, and lost income you have endured during this period. Furthermore, you will never be charged a fee until we win your case.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits and Complications – Do You Have a Case?
Pelvic mesh devices have been medically implanted to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) since the 1970s, and the mesh has also been used to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) since the 1990s. Because of the high demand for the devices, which surgeons often trimmed to match the anatomy, manufacturers created surgical mesh devices, bladder slings, and products intended for SUI and POP, which the FDA authorized in 1996 and 2002.
Between 2005 and 2010, the FDA received over 4,000 reports of injuries, complications, and deaths related to transvaginal mesh implants. Since the FDA’s reclassification in 2016, mesh manufacturers have been given time to demonstrate the safety of their goods. Unfortunately, this action came too late for the hundreds of thousands of women presently experiencing ill effects from this defective product.
The following are some of the possible transvaginal mesh complications connected with malfunctioning mesh products:
- Regular vaginal drainage
- The erosion of vaginal tissue
- The sensation that something is protruding from the vagina
- Lower back discomfort
- Mesh erosion
- Mesh trimming or removal at the doctor’s office
- One or more surgical procedures to mend or remove the mesh
- Discomfort during sexual intercourse
- Bowel, bladder, or blood vessel perforations
- Lower abdominal pressure or a sense of “fullness.”
- P.OP or SUI recurrence
- Urinary issues
- Bleeding in the cervix
- Infections of the cervix
- Vaginal pain unrelated to sexual activity
- Excruciating pain
- Scarring on the vaginal wall
If you have a pelvic mesh device and are experiencing any of the complications mentioned, please visit your healthcare provider immediately. After getting the necessary medical treatment, contact any pelvic mesh lawyer to help you with your next action.
Transvaginal Mesh & Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit Lawyer
In 2009, the first-ever transvaginal mesh lawsuit case was filed, kicking off the vaginal mesh litigation. Thousands of lawsuits were made against numerous TVM manufacturers in the following years, including Coloplast, Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon), Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, American Medical Systems (AMS), and others.
These cases claimed that TVM makers were irresponsible in the medical device itself’s design, testing, and marketing and that they neglected to notify healthcare practitioners and patients about the possible dangers and consequences connected with its usage. The plaintiffs claimed restitution for their bodily and mental distress, medical bills, and lost earnings.
Bellwether Trials and MDL Class Actions
In 2012, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) merged federal cases regarding vaginal meshes into many multidistrict litigations (MDLs) because of the rising number of vaginal mesh claims. Each MDL focused on a specific manufacturer, shortening the pretrial process and enabling efficient case management.
Seven multidistrict litigations (MDLs) using vaginal mesh were filed against Boston Scientific Corp., C.R. Bard, Inc., Neomedic American., Medical Systems, Inc., Ethicon, Inc., Cook Medical, Inc., and Coloplast Corp. This coordinated lawsuit grew to include over 100,000 instances, making it one of U.S. history’s greatest mass tort litigations.
These MDLs were assigned to U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in the Southern District of West Virginia’s Charleston courtroom by the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Only a tiny percentage of the initial instances are still active. However, additional vaginal mesh cases continue to be filed in 2023.
Settlement Amounts in Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits
We have a reasonably solid notion of the potential settlement value of a good transvaginal mesh implant case based on historical settlements and judgments in previous vaginal surgical mesh claims and in class action MDL settlements. Our attorneys anticipate that a successful vaginal mesh injury claim in 2023 would result in a payment between $100,000 and $500,000. The value of your vaginal mesh lawsuit and where it fits in this settlement range is determined by various criteria, including the severity of the physical injuries and the plaintiff’s age.
Our product liability attorneys are currently taking new vaginal mesh implant claims from women who have had difficulties or injuries due to vaginal, transvaginal, or pelvic mesh implants. Contact our law firm anytime.
Who qualifies to participate in a vaginal mesh lawsuit?
It is not too late to submit a vaginal or transvaginal mesh complaint, even though most vaginal mesh class action lawsuits have already been handled. Large numbers of vaginal mesh product liability cases were still being filed in national courts as of April 2023. Women who had a transvaginal mesh implanted and experienced issues or injuries directly connected to the implant during the previous several years make up most of the current vaginal mesh claimants.
One of the main worries for potential vaginal mesh litigants considering filing a lawsuit is whether the appropriate statute of limitations on their claim has lapsed. Each state has its unique personal injury statute of limitations. However, in most jurisdictions, the SOL is roughly 2-3 years.
Whatever the appropriate SOL time in your state is, it does not start running until your vaginal mesh injury or problem occurs. You should not be concerned about the statute of limitations if the first incidence of your vaginal mesh issues happened within the previous 1 or 2 years.
Can You Participate in a Vaginal Mesh Class Action?
The vaginal mesh class action MDLs have been substantially resolved and no longer accept new complaints. However, if you were harmed due to transvaginal mesh surgery or pelvic mesh issues, you may still launch a product liability action against the implant manufacturer. Your case will not be combined into a multidistrict litigation (MDL). Instead, your case would continue against the defendant on its own.