Transvaginal mesh implants were supposed to address issues such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), but some of these implants created severe, painful side effects in tens of thousands of women. Defective versions of the implants could cause infections to develop, vaginal tissue to erode, organs to perforate, and more.
Once word got out of the dangers of transvaginal mesh, many had already had the treatment. About 40,000 women have already filed injury lawsuits over the defective product, and that is just in federal court. If you have been harmed by transvaginal mesh implants, you could be entitled to monetary compensation.
Have you experienced any of the following symptoms?
- Organ perforation
- Nerve damage
- Severe pain
If you suffered these or other serious complications, not only has a defective medical product caused significant pain and suffering, but you may also be left with serious medical costs, particularly if you have had to undergo revision surgeries. If you are interested in filing a transvaginal mesh case, our Texas injury lawyers at Farah Law can discuss possible legal actions with you. Call us today to get a free consultation!
About Transvaginal Mesh & the Product's Side Effects
According to the FDA, approved transvaginal mesh products are made either of non-absorbable synthetic, absorbable synthetic, biologic, or a composite of the three materials. This implant was touted primarily as a treatment for POP, SUI, and hysterectomy, meant to shore up organs that had collapsed. Unfortunately, this treatment has an insanely high rate of complications. From 2005 to 2011, there were at least 4,000 reports of adverse effects sent to the FDA. By 2011, the FDA realized that such complications occurred all too regularly, and amended their previous statement that complications were "rare". In fact, the FDA had approved this product before it have ever been clinically tested.
The most common complications involved the mesh eating away at the vaginal wall, sometimes even puncturing other organs. These conditions are known as transvaginal mesh erosion and transvaginal mesh organ perforation. Of course, emotional injuries, physical scarring, and many other issues have been resulted from defects in this product.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits & Compensation
Dozens of mesh products have resulted in massive lawsuits. Some of the companies involved in this extensive litigation include:
- C.R. Bard
- Ethicon Inc. (subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson)
- American Medical Systems
- Coloplast Corp
- Boston Scientific Corp.
- Cook Medical Inc.
A woman who had undergone 18 revision surgeries won her 2012 lawsuit against C.R. Bard, as a jury awarded her $5.5 million. She won again in 2013, this time an $11.11 million jury verdict against Ethicon. In a class action lawsuit that year, Endo Health Solutions reached a $54 million settlement with plaintiffs. Many, many other similar cases are pending.
If you would like a free consultation to review your options or learn more about your rights, our Texas injury attorneys are fluent in Spanish and English, and we are ready to help you review your legal options. Contact Farah Law to get started today!