Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit
As someone who sought treatment for stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, you likely never imagined that you would ever need to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. However, now that you have suffered severe complications from a procedure you had every right to believe was safe, The Sanders Firm stands prepared to help you pursue justice and receive due compensation.
Dating back to the firm’s founding in 1967, our product liability attorneys have devoted their careers to serving injury victims and their families, and that tradition continues to this day.
Troubling facts about TVM surgery
Many thousands of female patients have undergone procedures involving the implantation of transvaginal mesh as a means to treat urinary incontinence or address pelvic organ prolapse (POP), conditions that often develop as a result of childbirth.
Unfortunately, recent years have seen alarming reports of serious complications from such treatments, with health regulators warning that one in ten women will suffer pelvic mesh problems. The volume of incidents became so substantial that the FDA issued a public safety notice in late 2008 about vaginal mesh devices and in 2011, warned that complications from TVM products are not rare, and that alternative treatments may be preferable. In 2012, the FDA issued a requirement that manufacturers of the products conduct new clinical trials to assess the risk of serious complications.
The potential complications of transvaginal mesh surgery are quite severe and include:
- Obstruction of the urinary tract
- Recurrence of stress urinary incontinence
- Painful intercourse
- Infection and irritation
- Bladder, bowel or urethra injury
- Pelvic blood vessel damage
- Erosion of the mesh itself
Patients who have suffered any or all of the above complications may be entitled to substantial compensation. However, in order to secure the financial recovery necessary to resume as normal a life as possible, it is essential to enlist the aid of skilled transvaginal mesh attorneys who have extensive experience with this type of litigation.
The Sanders firm has gained a reputation for successfully taking on manufacturers of defective medical devices, and offers the personalized service and sensitivity injury victims need most.
Transvaginal mesh lawsuit fundamentals
If you have decided to begin exploring the possibility of filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit, there are several important things to keep in mind. Typical causes of action in these cases include fraud, negligence and strict products liability. Allegations that a TVM manufacturer developed and marketed a defective product, failed to conduct appropriate and sufficient testing and/or failed to fully disclose to physicians risks that were known or should have been known about the product are commonly lodged by products liability lawyers in such matters.
At The Sanders Firm, we have the know-how and the logistical resources to marshal essential evidence, secure expert testimony and formulate winning arguments for our personal injury clients so that they stand the best possible chance of obtaining the financial recovery they deserve. Because the injuries caused by transvaginal mesh are so serious in nature, the compensation available to victims can be quite substantial.
Damage awards in mesh lawsuits often include payment for:
- Past, current and future medical bills
- Revision surgery
- Lost wages
- Reduction in ability to earn
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of spousal consortium
The lawyers of The Sanders Firm have the ability to tap our vast network of experts and practitioners who can help establish and quantify the true harm you have sustained as a result of your transvaginal mesh surgery. For this reason, we have amassed an impressive track record of achieving favorable outcomes for clients who may initially have felt they had no hope.
Current state of mesh litigation
No less than 30,000 lawsuits related to transvaginal mesh procedures are currently making their way through state and federal courts across the country, alleging serious problems with products made by:
- Boston Scientific
- Johnson & Johnson
- American Medical Systems
- C.R. Bard
Several different multidistrict litigations (MDL) have been established in order to consolidate and efficiently manage similar federal claims, and seven of these are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
An additional MDL has been established in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, and scores of new vaginal mesh lawsuits are still expected to be filed. As litigation unfolds on both the state and federal level, The Sanders Firm is well-equipped to guide victims through what can be a complicated and intimidating process of seeking fair compensation.
Critical assistance for filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit
Among the largest and most successful personal injury firms, Sanders is known for its caring yet aggressive advocacy on behalf of those harmed by medical devices and harmful drugs. We understand that the prospect of standing up against a major pharmaceutical company or device manufacturer can be incredibly daunting, particularly in the aftermath of a devastating injury. Availing yourself of our decades of experience and wealth of litigation resources will free you to keep your focus where it needs to be – on your own healing and recovery.
As always, our attorneys undertake personal injury matters on a contingency basis, meaning that you bear no financial risk. We do not get paid unless you obtain a financial settlement or an award in a personal injury lawsuit. For a no-cost consultation and analysis of the merits of your case, contact us at 1-800-FAIR-PLAY.
- 90.9 WBUR, Surgery Under Scrutiny, What Went Wrong With Vaginal Mesh, http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2011/11/surgery-under-scrutiny-what-went-wrong-with-vaginal-mesh
- FDA, FDA Public Health Notification: Serious Complications Associated with Transvaginal Placement of Surgical Mesh in Repair of Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence, http://www.fda.gov/medicaldevices/safety/alertsandnotices/publichealthnotifications/ucm061976.htm
- Time Magazine, FDA Warns: 'Serious Complications' Arise From Vaginal Mesh Implants, http://healthland.time.com/2011/07/13/fda-warns-serious-complications-arise-from-vaginal-mesh-implants/