If you were injured by transvaginal mesh and you wish to seek compensation though a settlement, you will not be alone. At least seven major manufacturers are facing more than 10,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits. The first two lawsuits to go before a jury were awarded $5.5 million and $11.1 million, respectively. Billions of dollars are at stake in the litigation, and it is likely that any transvaginal mesh settlement will be one of the biggest in U.S. history.
Free Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or your loved one was injured by transvaginal mesh, contact our law firm immediately for a free case consultation. If you file a lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your injury, medical expenses, and more.
Multi-Million Dollar Transvaginal Mesh Settlements
The first transvaginal mesh lawsuit went before a jury in California in June 2012. The plaintiff, Christine Scott, suffered devastating injuries when her transvaginal mesh sliced into her colon and caused a perforation. Although she underwent eight corrective surgeries, she still suffers from permanent complications. The jury awarded her $5.5 million in compensation.
The second transvaginal mesh lawsuit went before a jury in March 2013. The plaintiff, Linda Gross, was injured when her mesh eroded into her body. She required at least 22 corrective surgeries and also suffers from permanent complications. A jury in New Jersey awarded her $11.1 million, including $7.76 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson / Ethicon.
Transvaginal mesh settlements may include compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Future medical care
- Lost income
- Permanent injury or disability
- Loss of consortium for your spouse
- Punitive damages against the manufacturer
What is the problem with transvaginal mesh?
The problem with transvaginal mesh is that it has injured thousands of women, but the majority of the products remain on the market and have not been recalled. Furthermore, many transvaginal meshes that are currently on the market can trace their design back to the Boston Scientific ProteGen — the original transvaginal mesh, which was recalled in 1999 amid serious safety concerns.
In recent years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has attempted to raise awareness about the risks of transvaginal mesh surgery by publishing multiple Safety Communications. However, these communications were not published until 2008 and 2011 — more than a decade after the first transvaginal mesh was introduced on the market. It was not until 2012 that the FDA asked 31 manufacturers to conduct new safety studies, and soon afterward, two major manufacturers “withdrew” their products instead of conducting the studies or issuing a recall.
You may be eligible to seek financial compensation through a transvaginal mesh settlement if you have suffered any of the following injuries:
- Erosion of the mesh through the vaginal wall
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Incontinence or problems urinating
- Vaginal scarring, shrinkage, narrowing, or disfigurement
- Organ perforation (bowel, bladder, etc.)
- Blood vessel laceration; severe bleeding
- Need for additional surgery
- Loss of consortium with spouse
- Emotional injuries (depression, anxiety, stress, etc.)
- And more
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
If you were injured by transvaginal mesh, there is a good chance that other women have also filed lawsuits against the manufacturer of your implant. More than 10,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have already been filed against the seven largest manufacturers, and the majority of these lawsuits have already been centralized in federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in a U.S. District Court.
Transvaginal mesh lawsuits involve the following manufacturers and products:
- Johnson & Johnson / Ethicon: TVT (Exact, Abbrevo, Retropubic System, Obturator, Secur, Gynecare Prolift, Prosima, Gynemesh
- C.R. Bard: Avaulta, Pelvitex, Pelvilace, Pelvicol, Uretex
- Boston Scientific: Arise, Pinnacle, Advantage, Lynx, Obtryx, Prefyx, Solyx
- American Medical Systems: MiniArc, Monarc, In-Fast, BioArc, SPARC Sling, Elevate, Perigee, Apogee
- Covidien Inc.
- Mentor: ObTape Vaginal Sling, Transobturator Sling
Do I have a Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial attorneys that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in transvaginal mesh lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new lawsuits in all 50 states.
Free Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by transvaginal mesh, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.