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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.
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.
Possible side effects:
An Illinois woman who underwent transvaginal mesh surgery to treat a pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and had a multitude of medical problems as a result is suing the mesh maker for nearly $10 million in damages.
Jill L. Dewey underwent surgery in August 2005 at the Mayo Clinic to treat her organ prolapse, which happens when a patient’s internal organs, including the bladder, uterus and bowel, falls through the vagina. Although POP can happen to women of all ages, it is mostly associated with older women, especially after childbirth and menopause.
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.
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.
Compensation could help with:
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:
In May 2015, a jury awarded Deborah Barba $25 million for pain and suffering and $75 for punitive damages, which was later reduced to $10 million by the judge. Barba sued Boston Scientific over its Pinnacle and Advantage Fit mesh products.
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.
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.
|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?|