More than 30,000 women have filed lawsuits against makers of transvaginal mesh devices after suffering mesh erosion, vaginal scarring, pain, and other complications following surgery. At least six medical device manufacturers are being targeted by the litigation, which claims that the implants are defective, dangerous, and unfit for use. It is believed that the alleged defects within these products are not limited to a single brand or type of implant, leaving thousands of women who underwent mesh surgery to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) at risk for serious injuries.
If you experienced complications after undergoing surgery with a transvaginal mesh, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. To find out if you can file a vaginal mesh lawsuit, please fill out our no-cost, no-obligation case review form. You only have a certain amount of time to take legal action, so do not hesitate to contact us today for this free consultation.
Attorneys across the country are handling lawsuits on behalf of patients who were implanted with vaginal mesh products and bladder slings used in the surgical repair of POP or SUI. Many women who underwent vaginal mesh surgery may be unaware of the type of mesh or bladder sling used in their procedure. If you do not know which product you received, your attorney may be able to help you request copies of your medical records to determine the exact product used in your surgery.
The following manufacturers are facing thousands of lawsuits over their vaginal mesh and bladder sling products:
C.R. Bard, which manufactures:
American Medical Systems, Inc., which manufactures:
Boston Scientific Corp., which manufactures:
Ethicon, Inc., which manufactures:
Coloplast Corp., which manufactures:
Cook Medical Inc., which manufactures:
A few of these mesh products have been recalled or discontinued due to high failure rates, design flaws, or other safety issues.
Medical device lawsuits are commonly filed after a company is accused of selling a product that contains a design, manufacturing, or marketing defect (e.g. inadequate warnings). Lawsuits involving transvaginal mesh products specifically allege:
Women who claim they were injured as a result of a defective bladder sling or mesh are seeking compensation for losses including, but not limited to, loss of enjoyment of life, current and future medical costs, disability, pain and suffering, and loss of marital relations.
No, these lawsuits are being filed individually. The majority of vaginal mesh cases are being handled through a procedure known as multidistrict litigation (MDL). All federally-filed cases involving the mesh products are currently pending before Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Often, in cases involving defective medical devices, lawsuits are consolidated into an MDL for pretrial proceedings. This can help to expedite the litigation, reduce costs for all parties involved, avoid overloading the judicial system and ensure consistent rulings. Even when cases are consolidated as part of an MDL, it is important for claimants to remember that they each will retain their own case, attorney, and right to an individual monetary award.
Most lawyers handling these lawsuits work on a contingency-fee basis. This means that if the suit is unsuccessful, the plaintiff will not have to pay his or her attorney for any work done on the case. If the case is successful, the attorney will collect a portion of the settlement award or jury verdict.
If you or a loved one has been implanted with a vaginal mesh product or bladder sling and experienced complications, you may have valuable legal rights. If you have questions about filing a lawsuit, contact us today for a free case review.
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