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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit

Although patients were assured that having transvaginal mesh inserted is a low-risk procedure, its complications can be life-changing. Thousands of women suffered physically, emotionally and financially as a result of this poorly designed and tested product. Mesh doesn’t just damage bodies, it damages families.

Transvaginal Mesh Manufacturers Face 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 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.

Judge Goodwin has been assigned to manage nearly 40,000 federal cases involving the following companies:
MDL Name Number of Cases
MDL – 2187, IN RE: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic RepairSystem Products Liability Litigation 6,167
MDL – 2325, IN RE: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation 14,256
MDL – 2326 IN RE: Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation 8,311
MDL – 2327 IN RE: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation 12,977
MDL – 2387 IN RE: Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support Systems Products Liability Litigation 1,268
MDL – 2440 IN RE: Cook Medical, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation 169
MDL – 2511, IN RE: Neomedic Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation 25
Total: 7 Multidistrict Litigations 43,173

The first federal trials involving Bard began in July 2013, and the trials against J&J’s Ethicon began in February 2014.

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 $54.5 million to settle an undisclosed number of cases, and Coloplast will pay $16 million to settle 400 cases. Individual women have also received jury awards, including:

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Christine Scott's Verdict

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.

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Linda Gross's Verdict

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.

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Donna Cisson

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.

Find a Qualified Mesh Lawyer

If you or a loved one suffered from erosion, organ perforation, nerve damage, severe pain or any other complications from a transvaginal mesh product, Drugwatch can help. We can let you know if filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit is an option for you.

Compensation for Mesh Injuries

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.

Holding Mesh Companies Accountable
Plaintiffs may be eligible for compensation for injuries and losses, including:
Medical expenses, including the costs of additional surgeries
Loss of wages
Loss of spousal consortium
Losses to quality of life
Pain and suffering

Why Women Sue Mesh Manufacturers

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. Judy and other women claim the products caused severe side effects, including:

The Conlins' lawsuit claims the defendants failed to warn, are guilty of fraud and concealed that their products could cause permanent and debilitating injuries.

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

Manufacturers Accused of Misleading Patients

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

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.
Providing insufficient and misleading training and information to doctors to increase the sales of their transvaginal mesh products.
Continuing to sell transvaginal mesh while being aware of the harmful complications it may cause.
Failing to adequately warn of potential complications and injury.
Producing a defective product that is "unreasonably dangerous and hazardous to certain plaintiffs."
"Placing their economic interests above the health and safety of plaintiffs and others."

How We Can Help

Drugwatch is dedicated to helping people affected by dangerous drugs and medical devices like transvaginal mesh. We offer online resources to help women understand the complications they may be going through because of mesh, as well as a Q&A with a urogynecologist who is also a mesh removal specialist. In addition to the online resources, 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 help you locate an experienced product liability lawyer.

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?

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Last modified: April 2, 2014

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