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May 2016

Complications Associated with Transvaginal Mesh Result in a $100 Million Court Ordered Settlement

images (2)A bank teller who used transvaginal mesh was able to pad her personal account when her transvaginal mesh lawsuit rewarded her with a $100-million-dollar settlement. Unlike so many product liability lawsuits which are settled out of court and involved a sealed settlement, this case was presented in court May 2015. During her testimony, the plaintiff explained how after the transvaginal mesh implants were in place, they quickly eroded. The effect the eroding product had on her life was devastating. She was no longer able to engage in sexual intercourse and she suffered severe and constant pain.

When the trial was over, the jury decided the plaintiff deserved a $100 million settlement. $25 million was set aside to cover compensatory damages while the remainder was to help with punitive damages.

Federal and state courts report an upswing in the number of transvaginal mesh lawsuits being filed again manufacturing companies that include Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, Coloplast Corp and C.R. Bard. Whether all of the companies are named in the lawsuit, or just a specific one depends on how the transvaginal mesh failed the plaintiff. Each manufacture is responsible for a different aspect of the mesh.

The basis for nearly all the transvaginal mesh lawsuits making their way to courts around the country is the device, which is designed to prevent or aid with stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, is that it’s creating more severe side effects than the patients anticipated. The list of side effects listed include:

  • Severe pelvic and/or vaginal pain
  • Inability to have intercourse
  • Organ perforation
  • Vaginal shrinkage
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Neuro-muscular problems

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The basis for most lawsuits is that the various manufactures not only knew about the potential health risks of the transvaginal mesh, but they were also aware of potential design flaws and opted to not properly warn women or their doctors about these potential problems.

The sheer number of women reporting problems with the transvaginal mesh and the severity of the side effects prompted the FDA to change the classification of the medical mesh, which is now considered a high risk device. The entire collection of manufactures has been instructed by the FDA to take steps to ensure that the product can be used safely and that it will do the job for which it’s intended.

While the FDA’s warning will most likely encourage women in the future to carefully weigh the potential risks of using transvaginal mesh with the anticipated benefits, the warning is too little and too late for women who have already been implanted with the mesh.

Now that the warning has been issued, attorneys and civil courts all over the country are braced for a surge of lawsuits to be filed against the makers of transvaginal mesh. If you are worried about the way transvaginal mesh will affect your future health, seek medical advice now. After that, you can learn more about the potential hazards connected to the mesh, current lawsuits, and how to take legal action at www.rxinjuryhelp.

If your health has been compromised by transvaginal mesh, you need to contact an experience attorney right way so they can help you file the necessary court documents before the statute of limitations runs out in your state.