Transvaginal Mesh Patch Lawsuit & Lawyers
December 5, 2013 - Women who have been following the progress of transvaginal mesh lawsuits over claims that the devices were defectively designed and failed, causing severe health problems, should be aware that an important trial has been rescheduled.
There are actually tens of thousands of these lawsuits filed across the country and a large number have been consolidated before a federal judge in West Virginia who is overseeing pre-trial evidence-gathering and other legal issues.
As of the latest reporting period ending Oct. 17, 2013 there were over 33,350 transvaginal mesh lawsuits in this multidistrict litigation involving allegations against such manufacturers as Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, Endo Health Solutions and Ethicon.
What happens in these situations is that the judge schedules so-called bellwether trials in which attorneys for women who have suffered serious injuries as a result of transvaginal mesh injuries and lawyers for the companies defending themselves against the allegations test the strengths and weaknesses of their cases.
One of these bellwether trials was supposed to begin this month but has been rescheduled to Jan. 10, 2014. This case involves a mesh product manufactured by the C.R. Bard company.
WHAT IS A TRANSVAGINAL MESH LAWSUIT?
Are you eligible for a transvaginal mesh lawsuit? Contact us as soon as possible for a free legal consultation about your case. We will review the details of your case and provide you with all of the legal options that may be available to you. If you do have a transvaginal mesh lawsuit we can promise you an aggressive pursuit of your legal rights to recover damages for the suffering and expenses that you might have incurred. Be aware there may be legal time limits -- called the statute of limitations -- that could affect your case so please contact us as soon as possible.
WHAT ARE THE TRANSVAGINAL MESH PROBLEMS?
Unfortunately, in the case of defective transvaginal mesh, history is repeating itself. The product has been controversial for several decades and complaints and lawsuits over these defects are not new. Boston Scientific Corporation’s ProtoGen model was removed from the market more over 10 years ago amidst a hailstorm of complaints. Rather than develop new technology, in some cases remade transvaginal mesh products modeled after the recalled ones were approved by the FDA! This has generated calls for an investigation into the process by which the federal agency reviews and approves medical devices.
A story in Bloomberg News quoted a California pelvic surgeon who said “The FDA got caught with their pants down,” in reference to a second go-round with transvaginal mesh complications. The manufacturers of the first wave of defective devices were forced to pay out undisclosed settlements to those victims and are now facing a new wave of transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed by women who have suffered similar complications.
WHO ARE THE MANUFACTURERS OF TRANSVAGINAL MESH PRODUCTS?
Several companies have released transvaginal mesh products onto the marketplace. Among them are:
- American Medical Systems
- Boston Scientific
- Ethicon Division of Johnson & Johnson
- Gynecare Division of Johnson & Johnson
- Johnson & Johnson
These products have been sold to doctors and medical facilities in high volume in recent years, which only increases the potential for something to go wrong in a higher number of women.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF TRANSVAGINAL MESH PROBLEMS?
There are several symptoms that are common to transvaginal mesh problems, according to complaints that have been submitted to the FDA, health officials and physicians. Since 2005 an increasing number of incidents have been reported and the number has climbed to well over 1,000 official reports. Here are some of the most common symptoms:
- Urinary issues
- Repeated infections
- Pain, frequently severe
- Recurring or constant soreness in the abdominal area
- A recurrence of urinary incontinence or organ prolapse
- Perforated bowels, bladder or blood vessels
- Erosion through the vaginal epithelium
Many women suffered through these physical problems for months without realizing what their problem was and many of them had to undergo repeated medical treatment, including transfusions, draining of abscesses and corrective surgery. Frustrated with the problems they suffered many of these victims invoked their legal rights to file transvaginal mesh lawsuits against the responsible manufacturers.