Women who were severely injured after receiving surgical mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) may require the assistance of a vaginal mesh lawyer. In recent years, mesh products have been associated with complications including erosion, infections, pain, dyspareunia, organ perforation, and the recurrence of POP and SUI. In many cases, these vaginal mesh complications cannot be successfully addressed, and can affect a woman’s health for the rest of her life.
Update: New Jersey Jury Awards Plaintiff $68 Million in Bard Mesh Lawsuit
April 20, 2018 – A jury in Bergen County, New Jersey, has awarded $68 million ($33 million in compensatory damages and $35 million in punitive damages) to a woman who claims she was severely injured by C.R. Bard’s Avaulta Solo Support and Align Trans-Obturator Urethral Support Systems. Plaintiff Mary McGuinness was awarded $23 million in actual damages and her husband Thomas was awarded $10 million for loss of consortium, according to court documents.
Free Vaginal Mesh Lawyer Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured or suspect that you may have complications directly linked to the placement of a vaginal mesh product, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer of the vaginal mesh and we can help.
What’s the Problem?
In recent years it has come to the public’s attention that women who undergo POP or SUI treatment with mesh products are at an increased risk of developing a number of adverse health complications compared to women who are treated with more conventional methods. To date, the FDA has received nearly 4,000 reports of vaginal mesh complications including:
- erosion through vaginal epithelium
- pain, including dyspareunia
- urinary problems
- recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence
- bowel, bladder perforation, and blood vessel perforation
- vaginal scarring
- mesh erosion
FDA Warning on Vaginal Mesh
In October 2008 and February 2009, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued public health notifications regarding the use of vaginal mesh devices for the treatment of women’s urinary problems. These notifications were issued after the FDA received over 1000 injury reports associated with surgical mesh. Then in July 2011, the administration issued an update stating that it had received a number of additional reports of serious side effects suffered by women implanted with vaginal mesh devices. Specifically, the FDA stated:
i). Complications related to transvaginal mesh surgery are NOT rare; (ii) There is no evidence that transvaginal mesh repair is more effective than traditional non mesh repair; and (iii) Transvaginal mesh surgery exposes patients to greater risk than traditional non mesh repair.”
Vaginal Mesh Surgery Considerations
If you are suffering from pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, and are considering vaginal mesh surgery, the FDA advises you to consult your healthcare provider about all treatment options before making your decision. If you elect to undergo the procedure, you should continue with check-ups and follow-up care after surgery. Contact your doctor right away if you begin suffering from any of the complications listed in this article. Women who have had POP or SUI surgery but don’t know if the surgeon used mesh should find out if it was used during their next scheduled visit with their doctor. The vaginal mesh lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP, are accepting potential lawsuits against devices made by Johnson & Johnson, Bard, American Medical Systems (AMS), and Boston Scientific.
Kentucky AG Sues J&J Over Defective Marketing of Vaginal Mesh
August 17, 2016 – Kentucky’s attorney general Andy Beshear is suing Johnson & Johnson for millions of dollars, saying the company “concealed and misrepresented” the risks of its transvaginal mesh products to the public and medical communities. Beshear said over 15,000 women in Kentucky had transvaginal mesh implanted but J&J, through its medical device company, Ethicon, didn’t provide enough information about adverse effects.
Do I Need a Vaginal Mesh Lawyer?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in vaginal mesh lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new vaginal mesh complications cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured or suspect that you may have complications directly linked to POP or SUI surgery and/or the placement of a vaginal mesh product, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.