Thousands of women have suffered injuries and financial distress as a result of poorly designed trans-vaginal mesh products. These complications have injured women and damaged families. Many of these families are winning legal claims and filing lawsuits all over the United States.
Many patients have testified against mesh products saying they were misled about the product and blame the manufacturers for allowing mesh products to continue to be used in surgery. The manufactures had a legal obligation to ensure the safety and effectiveness of their mesh products which they failed to do and instead they purposely ignored the problems and gave patients misled information about the effectiveness of their products. Many lawsuits claim the companies failed to warn the patients and are guilty of fraud and concealed the fact that their products could and have caused permanent damage.
Other lawsuits are accusing mesh manufacturers of the following:
- Actively and intentionally misled the FDA, medical community, patients and the public of the effectiveness and safety of their mesh products.
- Failed to conduct proper testing and research to determine the risks of their mesh products.
- Failed to establish a safe and effective means of removing the trans-vaginal mesh products.
- Failed to adequately inform the public of complications and reported injuries.
Side Effects and Common Complications
Mesh can erode though the vaginal walls and other surrounding organs at any time after surgery. These injuries can hinder a number of activities including sitting, walking, and even intercourse. The physical harm and emotional stress this has on women can affect more than just their body. It can affect their work, relationships, and their daily activities. Some experts will argue that the surgical mesh is not safe for trans-vaginal placement and that the products were not properly tested before being allowed to be used during surgery.
Some of the possible side effects are:
- Pain at the surgical site
- Mesh erosion
- Pain during intercourse
- Abdominal Pain
- Pelvic Pain
- Multiple surgeries required
Mesh Manufacturers Face Thousands of Lawsuits
Many women who have had the surgical mesh implanted and have had side effects have had to undergo multiple surgeries in an attempt to manage their symptoms and have since filed lawsuits against the mesh manufacturers. The mesh manufacturers are facing thousands of federal lawsuits and a thousand more that are currently pending. More than thousand federal lawsuits have been filed in the U.S.
Manufacturers that are facing lawsuits are:
- American Medical Systems
- Boston Scientific
- R. Bard
- Cook Medical
- Johnson & Johnson
Compensation for Mesh Implant Injuries
Women and families who partake in the class action lawsuits may be another option for those who have been injured by these mesh products. However, creating a class action lawsuit is a very special legal process and once claimants have decided to participate in the class action, they waive their right to file a separate lawsuit. This is something to consider seriously before deciding on a course of legal actions against the mesh manufacturers.
Compensation for mesh implant injuries could help with any medical expenses including the costs of additional surgeries, could make up for any loss of wages and time you had to take off work for surgery. Could also help with loss of quality of life, and pain and suffering.
Numerous women have chosen to hold mesh manufacturers accountable after suffering from their products. Manufacturers have already begun to pay millions of dollars to settle cases. American Medical Systems has already paid out almost $1 billion dollars to settle thousands of cases. Coloplast has announced they are releasing $16 Million dollars to settle 400 cases. That’s over $40 thousand dollars to just 1 case.