Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Help Center
You may want to consider filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit if you are among the thousands of women who have suffered serious vaginal mesh complications following surgery to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. According to data from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), transvaginal mesh surgery may have caused countless patients to develop mesh erosion, scarring, infections, and other complications that could continue to impact their health and well-being for the rest of their lives. It’s no wonder that thousands of these patients have chosen to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of pelvic mesh in an attempt to hold these companies accountable for the misery they have caused.
If you’ve experienced serious complications, your physical pain and emotional distress may seem overwhelming at times. But there is help available. The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is already assisting hundreds of lawsuit plaintiffs in their search for justice. Our vaginal mesh lawyers understand the sensitive nature of these cases, and are committed to ensuring that our clients are treated fairly by the big medical device companies responsible for their pain and suffering. If you’re thinking about filing a mesh lawsuit following a failed surgery to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, please call us today for a free, no obligation case review.
FDA Warnings on Pelvic Mesh Complications
Transvaginal mesh devices marketed by American Medical Systems, Inc., Boston Scientific Corp., C.R. Bard, Inc., Ethicon Inc. and others are used to shore up weakened pelvic muscles in women who suffer from pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. When the first of these devices were introduced in the late 1990’s, women were promised that they offered a low-risk option for treating these conditions. Sadly, that turned out not to be the case, and now thousands of lawsuit plaintiffs allege that these products were never properly tested. The manufacturers of pelvic mesh also stand accused of failing to provide adequate warnings to patients and doctors about their risks.
Since 2008, the FDA has issued two public safety alerts regarding the frequency of complications in women who underwent transvaginal surgeries for prolapse and incontinence. By the time the agency issued its second alert in 2011, more than 3,000 women had reported such injuries to its database. This included seven women who died as a result of complications. The FDA warned that as many as 10% of all patients who underwent prolapse repair with pelvic mesh would need corrective procedures within a year due to complications. Unfortunately, many of these women might never regain their original quality of life.
Plaintiffs in vaginal mesh lawsuits have reported a number of serious injuries that echo the types of complications reported to the FDA, including:
- Mesh erosion through vaginal tissue
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Organ perforation
- Urinary problems.
Some women also reportedly suffered from recurrent prolapse or incontinence, neuro-muscular problems, vaginal scarring/shrinkage, and emotional problems.
In September 2011, the FDA convened an advisory panel of outside experts to investigate the issues associated with transvaginal mesh. After weighing the evidence, the panel voiced support for more stringent premarket testing of mesh implants. It also advised the FDA to reclassify the products as Class III devices, which would require they undergo more testing before coming on the market. In early 2012, the agency issued orders to a number of manufacturers that required the companies to conduct post-market studies of their pelvic mesh products to help the FDA better understand their safety profiles.
No Pelvic Mesh Recalls Issued
Even though thousands of mesh lawsuits have been filed on behalf of victims that have suffered complications, no transvaginal mesh recall has been announced since the FDA issued its first warning in 2008.However, Ethicon, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson, did decide in June 2012 to suspend sales of some Gynecare pelvic mesh devices for commercial reasons. Shortly thereafter, C.R. Bard took a similar step with its Avaulta products.
20,000+ Lawsuits Pending Nationwide
As of September 2013, more than 20,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits were pending in courts across the U.S. Several federal multidistrict litigations were established in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, for claims filed against American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, Ethicon and others. Thousands of additional mesh lawsuits were pending in state litigations in California, New Jersey and elsewhere.
By July 2012, some lawsuits had begun to go to trial at the state level. That month, a California Superior Court jury returned a $5.5 million verdict in a mesh lawsuit involving C.R. Bard’s Avaulta Plus device. The company was ordered to pay a $3.5 million portion of the judgment awarded to the plaintiff. In March 2013, the nation’s first Ethicon mesh lawsuit ended with an award of $11 million in compensatory and punitive damages to a woman injured by the Gynecare Prolift device. And in August 2013, C.R. Bard lost the first Avaulta mesh trial in the federal litigation, and was ordered to pay $2 million to the plaintiff in that case.
Lawsuit settlements have also been reported in a number of cases. In June 2013, Endo Health Systems, the parent of American Medical Systems, disclosed agreements to pay $55 million to settle claims in a small number of lawsuits involving its Perigee, Apogee and Elevate implants. Shortly after the first federal Avaulta trial concluded with a win for the plaintiff, C.R. Bard reached a mesh lawsuit settlement in what was to have been the litigation’s second trial. Several weeks later, the company reportedly agreed to settle another Avaulta claim pending in New Jersey state court.
Learn More about Filing a Lawsuit
If you or a woman in your life suffered painful and debilitating complications, there is help available. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard are offering free, confidential and no-obligation legal reviews to anyone who suffered serious injuries following treatment with transvaginal mesh. To learn more about filing your own lawsuit, please contact our office today at .