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.
|Judge Goodwin has been assigned to manage over 33,000 federal cases involving the following companies:|
|MDL Name||Number of Cases|
|MDL – 2187, IN RE: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic RepairSystem Products Liability Litigation||5,275|
|MDL – 2325, IN RE: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation||11,369|
|MDL – 2326 IN RE: Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation||7,131|
|MDL – 2327 IN RE: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation||11,376|
|MDL – 2387 IN RE: Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support Systems Products Liability Litigation||1,101|
|MDL – 2440 IN RE: Cook Medical, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation||133|
|Total: 6 Multidistrict Litigations||36,385|
The first federal trials involving Bard began in July 2013, and the next scheduled trials will begin in December 2013 against American Medical Systems. Next come trials against J&J’s Ethicon, followed by those against Boston Scientific.
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.
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.
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|
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.
|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."|
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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?|
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