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The Future of Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

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woman at hospital talking to doctorSurgeons implement transvaginal mesh products in order to correct stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) in women. This includes various types of vaginal prolapse which may be caused by displacement of the bladder (cystocele) or rectum (rectocel), and damaged tissue in surrounding areas. However, the side effects of these products can be devastating both physically and emotionally.

Many criticize manufacturing and marketing companies of transvaginal mesh for failing to ensure long-term safety for patients using the implants. For women who have become victims of the hazards of transvaginal mesh implants, adverse side effects can include:

  • protrusion and perforation of the bladder or bowel
  • hemorrhag (bleeding)
  • infections of the kidneys, blood (sepsis), urinary tract or bladder
  • severe pain of the pelvic area
  • pain or discomfort during sexual activity
  • worsening of the prolapse or pre-existing conditions
  • depression
  • death

Since the introduction of transvaginal mesh as a solution, theFDA has received thousands of reports regarding serious complications related to the product. According to reports by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, seven deaths associated with transvaginal mesh products had occurred between the three year period of January of 2008 and December of 2010. Following these reports, officials hypothesized that the occurrence of these adverse events would most likely increase by five times what had previously been reported.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Along with the floods of adverse reaction reports, victims began filing lawsuits involving transvaginal mesh implants in 2008. The majority of the claims had been filed against the following:

  • C.R. Bard (Avaulta)
  • American Medical Systems
  • Boston Scientific
  • Gynecare
  • Coloplast
  • Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon)

In March of 2013, the first lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, Linda Gross v Ethicon, awarded $11.1 million to the Plaintiff for side effects of transvaginal mesh. In this milestone for transvaginal mesh lawsuits, Linda Gross alleged psychological and physical damage induced by the implant she received. Her compensation covered costs of past and future wages, pain and suffering, future medical therapy and treatment, as well as a loss of enjoyment of life.

What’s Next For Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits?

Officials remain persistent in their efforts to fight for the compensation transvaginal mesh victims deserve. Thousands of cases are still pending against these companies to compensate for the suffering, pain, and losses incurred by those affected. Bellwether trials for transvaginal mesh produced by C.R. Bard will begin on September 23, 2013. These trials will be held by the Atlantic County Supreme Court in New Jersey. As with other Bellwether trials, these cases are expected to serve as a general indicator for the direction of similar lawsuits and litigation in the future.

If you or a loved one has suffered from adverse side effects caused by a transvaginal mesh implant, contact our attorneys to get the justice and compensation you deserve.