The newest plaintiffs added to the recently formed transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the Southern District of West Virginia are a married couple who claim that Boston Scientific surgical mesh is incompatible with human tissue, and that the manufacturer knew this before bringing it to market. The couple’s lawsuit cites scientific evidence that shows implanting transvaginal mesh made of monofilament polypropylene triggers a response in the immune system to reject the device. According to the complaint, because the body is programmed to defend itself against foreign substances and objects, the pelvic tissue can become inflamed from transvaginal mesh, resulting in chronic pain, infection, and other adverse reactions.
Free Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury after being implanted with a transvaginal mesh device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the transvaginal mesh and we can help.
What’s the problem?
In December 2009, Debra Wooten was implanted with a Boston Scientific Tape Obtryx System Curved to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI), a common problem in older women characterized by unintentional urine leakage during routine everyday activities. Within a year of receiving the device, however, Wooten began suffering from adverse health complications such as mesh erosion, which can be a permanent injury. When transvaginal mesh becomes entangled in nearby pelvic tissues, it can be extremely difficult – if not impossible – to remove, even with painful revision surgery. Wooten claims the mesh ruined her love life, because she was no longer able to have sexual intercourse with her husband without experiencing severe pain.
The Wootens’ claim is the most recent lawsuit to join In re Boston Scientific Corp. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, (MDL 2326), which is currently being handled by Judge Joseph R. Goodwin in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. MDLs are implemented to consolidate federal cases with similar claims for pretrial proceedings. Once this process is complete, each case is transferred back to its original lawyer for an individual trial and potential monetary judgement.
To date, hundreds of women around the country have filed lawsuits against six transvaginal mesh manufactures – Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, American Medical Systems (AMS), Ethicon, Mentor & Coloplast – alleging their devices caused debilitating, potentially-permanent injuries. An order issued last month by Judge Goodwin requires plaintiffs in the Boston Scientific, AMS and Ethicon MDLs to use the Master and Short Form Complaints to simplify their filings, which should speed the process along considerably.
In July 2012, a jury ruled that Bard and a doctor must pay a total of $5.5 million in damages over a transvaginal mesh implant that left a woman with persistent pain and potentially irreversible injuries. The panel found that Bard executives were negligent in their handling of the devices. The landmark case was the first to go to trial among hundreds of lawsuits alleging that vaginal mesh implants caused severe organ damage and other serious injuries.
Do I Have a Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in transvaginal mesh lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury after being implanted with a transvaginal mesh device, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a transvaginal mesh injury suit and we can help.