Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
If you received a transvaginal mesh implant to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence and suffered serious complications, such as severe pain, organ damage or device migration, you may be eligible for compensation. Tens of thousands of lawsuits have been filed over complications from these implants and victims have been awarded millions in compensation.
Talking with an experienced defective product lawyer is an important step in the legal process. The attorneys at TSR Injury Law have been defending the rights of injury victims and their families throughout Minnesota for over two decades. Our firm has recovered over $150 million in compensation awards on behalf of our clients, including a $3,750,000 settlement for a victim of a defective product.
Your consultation is confidential and you will not be obligated to let us represent you. You will not be charged any fees unless we win fair compensation for your claim.
Call TSR Injury Law today at (612) TSR-TIME.
Do I Have a Case for Compensation?
When a medical device like a transvaginal mesh implant causes an injury, victims should discuss it with an attorney, because there are many factors to review to determine if there may be a case for compensation, such as:
- Evidence of whether the product was excessively dangerous for its intended use
- The severity of your injuries
- Whether your injuries were directly caused by the mesh implant and would not have occurred otherwise
- When you received the implant
- Warnings provided by the manufacturer about the risks of the device
Transvaginal mesh implants have been made by several companies, including:
- C.R. Bard
- Boston Scientific
- Cook Medical
- Endo Pharmaceuticals
- Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson
Some of the side effects and injuries from transvaginal mesh implants include:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Vaginal discharge
- Vaginal shrinkage and scarring
- Implant failure
- Recurring incontinence
- Pain during sex
- Problems urinating
- Neuromuscular issues
- Mesh erosion
These side effects/complications have happened to patients being treated for conditions like anterior compartment prolapse (cystocele), pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
Cystocele and POP are known to cause pelvic organs such as the bladder to move and press up against the vagina, which can cause pain and discomfort. This usually happens because the connections between the ligaments and pelvic floor muscles can weaken over time. Women usually suffer from these conditions after surgery or childbirth.
SUI is also referred to as stress incontinence and causes a person to lose urine unintentionally. Urine loss could occur both with simple movements like sneezing or coughing or with intense physical activity like heavy lifting or running.
Contact our firm today to schedule your free consultation. We know how to determine if you may have grounds for a lawsuit and what your case may be worth.
TSR Injury Law: (612) TSR-TIME.
What is the Value of a Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit?
This is a difficult question to answer without reviewing the specifics of your situation in a free consultation. Victims of defective products generally pursue compensation for things like medical expenses and pain and suffering.
For example, you may be eligible to seek compensation for the cost of revision surgery to remove the implants and to repair damage caused by the implant, such as internal organ damage. You may be able to seek compensation for the cost of prescription medication for pain management and to treat infections and other complications.
Our experienced attorneys are also prepared to seek compensation for the cost of future medical care after the conclusion of your case, along with compensation for the physical pain and emotional suffering you have endured.
In cases of severe negligence by product manufacturers, we may be able to pursue punitive damages. These are a form of punishment for negligent product manufacturers.
The damages that may be available depend on the specifics of your claim. Our firm is committed to pursuing the full value of your damages so you can obtain the treatment you need to begin moving forward with your life.
We are here to answer your legal questions.
FDA Stops Sale and Distribution of Transvaginal Mesh
In the spring of 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required makers of surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of anterior compartment prolapse to immediately stop the sale or distribution of these products.
The FDA’s order said the manufacturers did not provide reasonable assurance that the mesh is safe or effective, which they have been required to do since the FDA reclassified these products as class III on Jan. 5, 2016. Devices in this class are considered high risk and are subject to the FDA’s strictest device review process.
The FDA order also said patients who received a transvaginal mesh implant should see a health care professional if they experience any complications, such as pelvic or groin pain, pain during sex or persistent vaginal bleeding or discharge.
This was not the first time the FDA warned about the dangers of these products. In 2011, the FDA released an update on the safety and effectiveness of transvaginal mesh implants for treating pelvic organ prolapse.
The report stated that the risk of serious side effects associated with transvaginal mesh is not rare, which contradicts what was stated in the FDA’s 2008 Public Health Notification. The FDA identified 3,979 reports of injuries, deaths or malfunctions between Jan. 1, 2005 and Dec. 31, 2010.
The FDA also looked at peer-reviewed scientific literature, including all randomized controlled trials and some observational studies of data on adverse events associated with mesh to repair pelvic organ prolapse.
The review raised many safety concerns, including pain due to vaginal shortening, tightening and mesh contraction. They also found that patients who received mesh implants were suffering from complications not experienced by patients who underwent surgery without mesh.
Performance data also failed to show an improved clinical benefit of using transvaginal mesh over non-mesh repairs.
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Lawsuits Against Transvaginal Mesh Manufacturers
More than 100,000 lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of transvaginal mesh by women who suffered injuries and complications after receiving these implants. The lawsuits make many allegations against the manufacturers, such as:
- Failing to test the devices properly
- Failing to conduct adequate research about the risks
- Failing to create a safe method for removing the mesh
- Failing to properly warn patients about the risk for complications and injuries
- Misleading the FDA about the safety and effectiveness of these products, along with patients and the medical community
Tens of thousands of cases were consolidated into multidistrict litigations (MDLs), including lawsuits against Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard and Ethicon. These MDLs consolidated a total of 83,346 cases, but as of Jan. 2020, just 2,006 cases were still pending. Most of the cases were either settled, went to court and had juries reach verdicts or they were dismissed.
The first company to lose a transvaginal mesh lawsuit was C.R. Bard, back in 2012, when a $3.6 million verdict was awarded to a woman who suffered complications after receiving the mesh implant.
There have been several settlements that were kept confidential. However, there have also been some large verdicts for victims, including:
- $57 million from a Philadelphia jury for a woman who suffered severe, life-altering injuries from a Johnson & Johnson pelvic mesh product, including $7.1 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages
- $20 million from a Pennsylvania jury for a woman who suffered severe side effects from an Ethicon transvaginal mesh device, requiring several surgeries to remove the mesh
- $120 million from a Philadelphia jury for a plaintiff who suffered severe incontinency and chronic pain, among other severe injuries
- $80 million in damages, including $50 million in punitive damages for a woman who suffered pain during sex and vaginal bleeding after receiving a mesh implant to treat pelvic organ prolapse
- $120 million to settle 2,000-3,000 lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson
Our dedicated team of legal professionals is ready to answer any questions you may have about your transvaginal mesh implant claim.
Contact TSR Injury Law About a Possible Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit
Our experienced defective products lawyers are ready to review your situation in a free consultation to determine if you may have a viable case.
Partner Nate Bjerke, has been named a Top 100 Super Lawyer each year since 2014 and he is also part of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100. Nate has represented injured people against large corporations such as Walmart, Amazon, Ford Motor Company, BMW, Audi, Kia Motors, Kawasaki, General Motors, Michelin and Caterpillar.
Call us today to schedule your free case review. There is no risk involved as you will not be obligated to hire us for your case and you will not have to pay for any legal fees unless we win compensation for your claim.
TSR Injury Law: (612) TSR-TIME.