Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit News
Used to remedy the symptoms of Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP), pelvic mesh is a medical product that is implanted transvaginally to bolster weakened pelvic muscles and displaced organs. Thousands of women have experienced side effects from transvaginal mesh including organ damage, internal bleeding, pain, and incontinence, and have been required to undergo one of more repair surgeries.
Transvaginal pelvic mesh, which is surgically implanted to strengthen and stabilize sagging pelvic muscles, can erode and migrate, becoming stuck in tissues and organs in and near the vagina. Women who have suffered health problems related to this medical device have filed pelvic mesh lawsuits against a number of different. Thousands of claimants have banded together in multidistrict litigation pelvic mesh lawsuits, and several of these large transvaginal mesh lawsuits have already settled.
Recent Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit News
New $830 Million Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Settlement Announced
Major news sources have reported transvaginal mesh lawsuit news during 2013 and 2014, indicating strides have been made in settling the tens of thousands of outstanding transvaginal mesh lawsuits. The most notable companies among those facing pelvic mesh lawsuits include Johnson & Johnson, Endo, Coloplast, and Bard.
Endo and Coloplast have both agreed to large settlements in the past year. Endo International, the parent company of American Medical Systems, a manufacturer of pelvic mesh, agreed to a settlement of $830 million to resolve approximately 20,000 claims - resulting in an average settlement of $40,000 each. The company settled a smaller number of vaginal mesh lawsuits last year for a total of $54.5 million.
In other pelvic mesh lawsuit news, Coloplast recently agreed topay $16 million to settle approximately 400 vaginal mesh lawsuits. The average payout for Coloplast pelvic mesh lawsuits is $40,000 per settlement. These settlements were for Coloplast's Novasilk-Synthetic Flat Mesh System and the Aris-Transobturator lines.
Bard has settled individual pelvic mesh lawsuits in West Virginia and New Jersey and is expected to settle many more in the near future. Johnson & Johnson has not reached a settlement in any of the transvaginal mesh cases it faces.
Recent research suggests that surgical mesh does not offer any advantages over other repair methods but can result in significant internal damage and pain. has been found to The FDA has issued pelvic mesh warnings in both 2008 and 2011, warning medical professionals against the transvaginal use of surgical mesh. Mesh erosion can result in serious health problems including debilitating pain, bleeding, organ damage, urinary problems and recurrent prolapse. In court documents for transvaginal mesh lawsuits, Johnson & Johnson officials estimated that 1 million women have been implanted with pelvic mesh in the past 15 years.
Persons and family members of persons who have experienced vaginal mesh problems are consulting attorneys in growing numbers to learn about their legal rights. This page provides the most recent pelvic mesh lawsuit news and information.
Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit Frequently Asked Questions
The answers contained herein apply to most transvaginal mesh lawsuits. Specific answers related to your individual circumstances, such as questions regarding time limits for a pelvic mesh lawsuit, can be obtained through a free transvaginal mesh claim consultation with an attorney. Complete the online contact form to have a lawyer handing pelvic mesh lawsuits contact you today for a free, no-obligation case review.
Who qualifies to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit?
Women and the family members of women who have suffered from health problems related to the transvaginal implantation of surgical mesh may be eligible to make a pelvic mesh lawsuit claim. Health conditions that may qualify include erosion or migration of the surgical mesh, resulting in organ damage or harm to other internal tissues. Persons suffering from transvaginal mesh problems may experience intense and prolonged pain, bleeding, infection, repeat pelvic organ prolapse (POP), pain during sexual intercourse, incontinence or difficulty with urination, and the need for repeat surgeries to remove mesh or repair tissues. If you or a member of your family has suffered from health problems related to pelvic mesh problems, you may contact an attorney handling transvaginal mesh lawsuits to learn more about your legal options.
What are the risks and benefits of transvaginal mesh?
Surgical mesh has been used in recent years in place of traditional stitching practices. Today, some surgeons say the transvaginal use of surgical mesh is more risky than stitches and offers no significant benefits. Both methods are used to repair Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP), a sagging of the pelvic muscles that occurs naturally in women of advanced age or after childbirth. Surgical mesh is made of synthetic or biologic materials, and is implanted into the pelvic tissues to bolster and strengthen stretched or weakened muscles. Ironically, some of the health problems associated with transvaginal mesh are parallel to symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse for which the device is intended to resolve. Health problems that result from transvaginal mesh failure include permanent organ damage, pain, recurrent prolapse, incontinence, and difficulty with urination. Some patients require one or many revision surgeries, and many will suffer from side effects for the rest of their lives.
How long have clinicians and researchers been aware of the risk of transvaginal mesh problems?
In 2008, the FDA issued a Public Health Notification warning of problems with vaginal mesh. Then in 2011, the FDA issued a stronger warning through a Safety Communication for pelvic mesh, warning that serious and permanent internal damage can result from the tranvaginal placement of surgical mesh and that pelvic mesh problems were much more common that previously thought. These warnings were the result of reports made to the FDA since 2006 regarding events and serious health problems from mesh. The FDA specifically states that use of transvaginal mesh does not offer any clear benefits, but does pose major risks to women: "Patients who undergo POP repair with mesh are subject to mesh-related complications that are not experienced by patients who undergo traditional surgery without mesh." At this point, there is no clear indication where surgeons would choose to use surgical mesh for pelvic organ prolapse repair. Women and the family members of women who have suffered from internal damage related to mesh implantation may be eligible to file a pelvic mesh lawsuit for damages.
Does it cost anything for you to review my case?
If you or a female family member has experienced health problems related to transvaginal mesh, you qualify to receive a no-cost, no-obligation transvaginal mesh lawsuit case review. An attorney handling pelvic mesh lawsuits will listen to your circumstances and give you an analysis of your case without any cost or further obligation.
How much will it cost to file a pelvic mesh lawsuit?
Our attorneys handling transvaginal mesh lawsuits around the nation provide legal services on a contingency basis, meaning there are never any legal fees unless compensation is won on your behalf. To obtain a no-cost, no-obligation pelvic mesh lawsuit case review, please complete the brief online contact form on this site. A lawyer handling transvaginal mesh lawsuit will contact you shortly to answer your questions as definitively as possible.
Aren't most drug and products liability lawsuits just class action lawsuits where the plaintiff receives only a small, symbolic sum of money?
The majority major medical device lawsuits such as transvaginal mesh lawsuits are handled as MDLs, or Multi-District Litigation cases, in which every individual plaintiff receives a settlement based upon the individual injuries and damages they sustained.
We're not the type of people who sue; do we really need to file a lawsuit?
If a member of your family suffered a serious injury or health problem as a result of a defective product or dangerous drug, long-term, or even life-long, medical care may be required. This could be incredibly expensive; due to the constant inflation of medical care costs, this amount may be largely unknown at the time of settlement or trial. If a member of your family died due to a defective product or dangerous drug, no amount of money can undo that wrong. It is our fervent hope that every defective medical device or pharmaceutical lawsuit can serve to make the manufacturer take note of the loss and pain its product has caused. When that fails to make a company take action in the form of a product recall, greater warnings about its use, and ultimately the production of safer medical and consumer products, profit motivation may be the only incentive for a large company to do the right thing. Unfortunately and too often, only the threat of legal trouble and large settlements leads a company to decisions that make it a better corporate citizen.
How much time do I have to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit?
Most states have pelvic mesh lawsuit time limits; however, the majority of women who have suffered from transvaginal mesh damage will fall within those time limits if they contact an attorney in the near future. For specific time limits for filing a pelvic mesh lawsuit in your state, please complete our contact form and an attorney handling transvaginal mesh lawsuits will contact you promptly.
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