If you have ever sought treatment for urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse (POP), you have likely never imagined that you would ever need to file a mesh lawsuit. However, now that you’re suffering severe complications from a defective product, which you thought was safe and effective, well now it’s time to discuss compensation you’re entitled to.
Facts about Transvaginal Mesh Surgery
Many women have undergone procedures involving transvaginal mesh implantation to treat urinary incontinence or to help with POP conditions that can often times develop as a result of childbirth. Unfortunately, there have been some alarming reports in recent years of serious complications following this treatment option and the FDA has issued health warnings. The volume of cases increased more than 200% after the FDA released a public safety statement about it in 2008 and 2011. The FDA warned that the complications that followed transvaginal mesh implant products are not uncommon and that alternative treatments may be more favorable. In 2012 the FDA required manufacturers to conduct new clinical trials to assess the risk of future complications.
Some of the potential complications resulting from transvaginal mesh surgery include:
- Obstruction of the urinary tract
- Recurrence of stress urinary incontinence
- Painful intercourse
- Bladder, bowel or urethra injuries
- Pelvic blood vessel damage
- Erosion of the mesh
Women who have suffered any or even all of these complications could be entitled to a substantial payout. However, in order to be compensated and return to a somewhat normal life, it’s essential to find a qualified mesh attorney who has extensive experience with this type of litigation.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit fundamentals
If you have thought about your eligibility for compensation and have begun exploring your legal options, there are a few things to keep in mind. A lot of these cases include fraudulent claims and negligence and strict product liability. Allegations that a transvaginal mesh manufacturer created, marketed, and sold a defective product all while failing to conduct the sufficient testing required and knowingly allowed the product to be used, have almost tripled while only 1/3 of the cases were proven to be legitimate.
It’s important to find a qualified mesh attorney who has extensive experience in these types of cases in order to create winning arguments for affected women so that they stand the best possible chance of obtaining the financial compensation they deserve. The injuries caused by transvaginal mesh are so serious in nature, the compensation available to real victims can be quite substantial.
Compensation awards regarding mesh lawsuits often include compensation for:
- Past, current and any future medical bills pertaining to the transvaginal mesh complications
- Revision surgeries or any corrective surgeries needed
- Loss of wages
- Reduction in ability to earn wages (permanent disability)
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of spousal consortium
More than 30,000 lawsuits relating to transvaginal mesh procedures have been and are currently making their way through state and even federal courts across the United States, all claiming issues regarding products made by these companies:
- Boston Scientific
- Johnson & Johnson
- American Medical Systems
- R. Bard
Women who have suffered from any of these company’s products could be entitled to substantial compensation. However, in order to be compensated, it’s essential to find a qualified mesh attorney who has extensive experience with this type of litigation.