Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit

Tens of thousands of women suffered physical injuries and emotional and financial distress as a result of poorly designed and poorly tested transvaginal mesh products. Complications harm women and damage families, many of whom are winning legal claims.

Patients Say Manufacturers Misled Them

Women who filed transvaginal mesh lawsuits allege that mesh manufacturers "had a legal duty to ensure the safety and effectiveness of their pelvic mesh products," but instead provided patients with "false and misleading information" about the products’ effectiveness and safety.

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.

Other lawsuits accuse mesh manufacturers of several counts, including:

  • Actively and intentionally misleading the FDA, the medical community, patients and the public at large with respect to the safety and effectiveness of transvaginal mesh products.
  • Failing to conduct proper testing and research to determine the risks of surgical mesh for use to treat female pelvic floor disorders.
  • Failing to establish safe and effective methods for removal of transvaginal mesh.
  • Failing to adequately warn of potential complications and injury.

Complications & Side Effects of Transvaginal Mesh

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.

  • Extreme pain
  • Mesh Erosion
  • Dyspareunia (Painful Sexual Intercourse)
  • Abdominal And Pelvic Pain
  • Recurrence Of Urinary Incontinence
  • The Need For Multiple Surgeries

Transvaginal Mesh Manufacturers Face Tens of Thousands of Lawsuits

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 tens of thousands of federal lawsuits consolidated in multidistrict litigation (MDL) in 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.

Compensation for Mesh Injuries

Participating in a 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. This is something that must be considered carefully before deciding on a course of legal action. Be sure to speak with a qualified mesh lawyer to see if filing a class action may be right for you.

  • Medical expenses, including the costs of additional surgeries
  • Loss of wages
  • Loss of spousal consortium
  • Losses to quality of life
  • Pain and suffering

Transvaginal Mesh Verdicts and Settlements

A number of women have chosen to hold mesh manufacturers accountable after suffering damages from these products by taking their fight to court. Manufacturers have already paid millions to settle cases filed by injured women and their husbands. American Medical Systems paid close to $1 billion to settle thousands of cases, and Coloplast announced it would pay $16 million to settle 400 cases. Individual women have also received jury awards, including:

Debora Barba's Verdict

$ Million

In May 2015, a jury awarded Deborah Barba $25 million for pain and suffering and $75 for punitive damages after she underwent several revision surgeries. Barba sued Boston Scientific over its Pinnacle and Advantage Fit mesh products.

Colleen Perry's Verdict

$ Million

In March 2015, Colleen Perry won $5.7 million in her lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon brand over its Abbrevo Sling mesh product. Even after surgery, the mesh could not be removed because it grew into her tissues. Jury found J&J acted with malice.

Martha Salazar's Verdict

$ Million

A Texas jury awarded Martha Salazar $73.5 million in September 2014. Salazar sued Boston Scientific after she was implanted with the company's Obtryx Sling and suffered serious complications.

How we can help

Drugwatch is dedicated to helping people affected by dangerous drugs and medical devices like transvaginal mesh. We offer resources to help women understand the complications related to mesh, as well as information from a urogynecologist who is a mesh removal specialist. In addition, our Patient Advocates:

Talk to women one-on-one about their individual situations and experiences with transvaginal mesh.

Are available seven days a week to answer questions about mesh complications, recalls and treatment.

Help you make sense of the complex legal process and answer your questions about legal options.

Help you locate an experienced product liability lawyer, if you decide you'd like to file a mesh lawsuit.

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?

Vanessa Blanco

Patient Advocate vblanco@drugwatch.com
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