Although patients were assured that a transvaginal mesh procedure is low-risk, its complications can be life-changing. Thousands of women suffered physical, emotional and financial tolls as a result of a poorly designed and tested product. Mesh not only can harm women, it can also damage families.
Judy Conlin of Corbin, Ky., had mesh products from Boston Scientific and Ethicon implanted to treat prolapse and incontinence in July 2011. Judy and her husband, Timothy, filed a lawsuit against both mesh manufacturers.
The Conlins' lawsuit claims the defendants failed to warn, are guilty of fraud and concealed that their products could cause permanent and debilitating injuries.
Many women who received mesh have had to undergo multiple revision surgeries to attempt to manage symptoms and have since filed transvaginal mesh lawsuits against the device manufacturers. The manufacturers face thousands of federal lawsuits consolidated in multidistrict litigation (MDL) the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia under Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. Additionally, thousands more are pending in state courts.
There are more than 49,000 federal lawsuits against seven mesh manufacturers filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia under Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. The device manufacturers with the most cases are American Medical Systems and Ethicon. Other manufacturers with pending cases include: Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, Coloplast, Cook Medical and Neomedic.
Mesh can begin to erode through the vaginal walls or other organs within weeks or months after surgery. These transvaginal mesh injuries can hinder any number of activities, including sitting, walking and sexual intercourse. The physical and emotional harm can affect women’s work, relationships and daily activities. Some experts argue that the surgical mesh is not safe for transvaginal placement and was not properly tested before being implanted into women.
Participating in a transvaginal mesh class-action lawsuit may be another option for women who have been injured by pelvic surgical mesh. However, forming a class action is a special legal process, and once claimants decide to participate in the class, they waive their right to file a separate lawsuit. Be sure to speak with a qualified mesh lawyer to see if filing a class action may be right for you.
In July 2012, a California jury awarded Christine Scott and her husband $5.5 million after she underwent nine revision surgeries. Scott sued C.R. Bard in 2009 over its Avaulta Plus mesh product.
In February 2013, Linda Gross won $11.11 million in her lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon brand over its Prolift vaginal mesh product. Gross had 18 surgeries.
A West Virginia jury awarded Donna Cisson $2 million in August 2013. Cisson sued C.R. Bard after she was implanted with the company's Avaulta Plus mesh and suffered serious complications.
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|Questions to Ask Your Mesh Lawyer|
|How can I find out if my mesh product was part of a recall?|
|My mesh product was recalled. Can I still sue?|
|Since there’s been a recall, won’t the manufacturer compensate my injuries? Why do I have to sue?|
|Is there a class action for mesh claims? And would I have to participate in a class action in order to make a claim?|
|I heard mesh cases were transferred to West Virginia. How does that affect where I file my claim?|
|How long do I have to file a lawsuit?|