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Mesh Lawsuit Overview

Transvaginal mesh is a medical device that is used to reinforce weakened or damaged tissue in a woman’s vaginal wall. Made from either synthetic or biologic material, the mesh is surgically implanted as a way to control stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Both conditions affect millions of women in the United States. A variety of surgical and nonsurgical procedure are available to treat SUI and POP. In recent years, however, transvaginal mesh placement has become an increasing popular option. Unfortunately, the treatment has led to serious health complications for many women.

Adverse Consequences of Transvaginal Mesh Surgeries

If you or someone you know has had a transvaginal mesh repair procedure, it’s critical to take prompt action to explore your legal options, including a mesh lawsuit. While not every woman suffers negative consequences, it’s important to understand the scope of the adverse health effects linked with transvaginal mesh. Complications can arise if the implanted mesh erodes into the surrounding tissue or if the mesh shrinks.

Reported negative effects from transvaginal surgical repair range from pain and infection to serious blood vessel perforation in the bladder or bowel. Most problems resulting from a transvaginal mesh surgeries are associated with an erosion of the mesh material, and most women who experience complications require additional medical and/or surgical procedures. Hospitalization is sometimes required as well.

Symptoms that can indicate a problem with a mesh implant include pelvic pain, abnormal discharges, persistent vaginal bleeding and pain during sexual intercourse. Symptoms associated with infections such as fever, achy muscles and general fatigue may also occur. Urinary problems, organ perforation and emotional problems have also been reported.

In addition, men may encounter pain and discomfort during sexual intercourse with women who has had the procedure. If you or your partner has had a transvaginal mesh procedure and has experienced any of the symptoms described above, contact your health care professional, and then contact us immediately to determine whether you have a valid case for a mesh lawsuit.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Response

From 2006 to 2009, the FDA received more than 1,000 reports about problems resulting from transvaginal repair with synthetic mesh. By 2011, that number has risen to more than 4,000, and the FDA finally issued a safety warning to the public about the dangers and complications associated with mesh implants. If you or a family member is suffering the debilitating affects of transvaginal mesh surgery, the FDA’s action means that you may have legal grounds to seek restitution through a mesh lawsuit.

The FDA’s most recent public notification warns women that the serious health complications linked to transvaginal mesh surgeries are not rare. The agency also states that it is unclear whether the procedure is more effective than non-mesh transvaginal repair for patients with POP. The FDA has concluded that the risks associated with transvaginal mesh may outweigh any benefits achieved with the procedure.

Explore Your Legal Options

When a medical device implant negatively affects a woman’s health and the manufacturer of the device refuses to compensate the patient for the harm done, a mesh lawsuit is sometimes the only recourse that the patient can take to see that justice is served. If you are experiencing any symptoms after a transvaginal mesh implant, see your doctor at once and don’t hesitate to contact our experienced attorneys for help.

Lawsuits filed against companies who manufacture transvaginal mesh products can provide you with the justice and compensation that you need and deserve to move forward. It’s important to remember, however, that a statute of limitations applies. The time that you have to file a suit is limited. Don’t delay. To schedule a free consultation to determine whether a mesh lawsuit is an option for you, call us today at 1-888-440-9292 or fill out the form on this page.

Hiring a Mesh Lawyer

Women that are suffering from defective surgical mesh products are hiring skillful mesh lawyers to file lawsuits for an appropriate compensation for their pain, suffering and injuries. The manufactured vaginal mesh products seem to eventually erode and cause bleeding, swelling, and infections. Overall, the victims are experiencing high levels of debilitating pain.

If you find you are a victim of a defective vaginal mesh, you are likely entitled to receive substantial financial compensation for the injuries you have endured. Originally, these vaginal mesh products were used as a surgical procedure to correct a variety of medical conditions including stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Unfortunately, the mesh product failures have caused the victims to experience high levels of pain and suffering because of the severity of their condition.

Reaching a Settlement

Generally, the manufacturer of the medical mesh device attempts to reach a settlement with the plaintiff that has filed the lawsuit. The financial settlement is often negotiated as compensation of the victim’s mounting medical costs. This often provides the funds necessary for the surgical procedure to correct the medical condition along with any medical expense and treatment not covered by the woman’s health insurance. The compensation can also include money for lost wages when the victim is not capable of performing work as a result of the injuries she sustained.

A skillful mesh lawyer will also ask for pain and suffering compensation especially if the injuries are preventing the woman from participating in routine daily activities. Some women are receiving compensation for “loss of consortium” when they are no longer able to be physically intimate with their spouse, as a direct result of the injuries sustained by the vaginal mesh. As each case is different, it needs to be properly evaluated by a mesh lawyer skilled in handling the unique circumstances of their client.

Mesh Side Effects

In a warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), women affected by the implantation of a vaginal mesh product may develop serious side effects that could cause significant harm. Some of these mesh side effects include:

  • Vaginal mesh infection
  • Vaginal mesh erosion
  • Urinary issues
  • Bowel, bladder and blood vessel perforation
  • Loss of tissue and skin in the treatment area
  • Injury to other organs
  • Recurrence of SUI and/or POP
  • Localized intensive pain when engaging in sexual intercourse

Because of the side effects’ severity, the FDA is advising healthcare providers, surgeons and physicians to consider other non-mesh alternatives when treating SUI and POP. However, these warnings come too late to thousands of women that experience severe pain and injury from the surgery.

Unfortunately, women that experience these severe complications often undergo a variety of surgeries in an effort to improve their condition. However, many of the problems associated with an infected or eroded vaginal mesh cause lifelong pain, suffering and dysfunction.

Gathering Evidence

An experienced mesh lawyer will provide advice and counsel to their client. They will suggest that women experiencing complications as a result of undergoing vaginal mesh surgery to correct their SUI or POP need to seek the advice of their physician immediately. In addition, the attorney will evaluate all the records kept by the physician including the number of visits, procedures involved, and associated expenses. This is essential information that will be used in the lawsuit as a way to seek adequate compensation for the injuries that are suffered.

When seeking proper compensation from a powerful medical device manufacturer, you will need the skills of an experienced mesh lawyer to pursue the case. This is the most likely way to produce a successful outcome.

If you believe you are a victim of a defective vaginal mesh implant, provide information in the contact form on this site, or call 1-888-440-9292 to speak with an experienced mesh lawyer. Every consultation provided by the attorney is free and confidential.