As of January 2014, there are over 30,000 lawsuits filed against the five manufacturers of transvaginal mesh for injuries sustained from their products. The number of injured women that have filed cases have caused the transvaginal mesh issue into a multi-district litigation based in the federal court of Charleston, West Virginia.
At this time, several of the manufacturers have agreed to an out-of-court settlement with the plaintiffs. Others are have their bellwether hearings scheduled in April and May of this year. A bellwether hearing allows both parties to see how a jury will determine the case. In two of the previous bellwether cases the jury sided with the plaintiffs and made large awards.
The Problems With Transvaginal Mesh
The use of mesh to help someone recover from a hernia, organ prolapse or stress incontinence has been around for many decades. However, in the past, the mesh was constructed from biological materials that were generally bovine in nature. These mesh devices had very few side effects.
In recent years, as a way to “improve “their products, pharmaceutical companies began to make the mesh from polypropylene (plastic) and coated the mesh with bovine collagen so that it would not hurt the recipient.
It did not take long before serious side effects began to appear in the women who received this treatment for stress incontinence and female organ prolapse. This product actually began to embed itself into the organs and surrounding tissue of the women who received the device. This caused immeasurable pain, organ damage, and sadly often did not cure the problem it was intended to fix.
Most of these women had to undergo several additional surgeries to have the embedded mesh removed, often resulting in additional problems and side effects. Many of these women have not been able to return to the same lifestyle they enjoyed prior to the surgery, and many have lost their ability to be intimate with their partner.
The Food And Drug Administration (FDA)
The FDA has acknowledged on several occasions that the risks associated with transvaginal mesh are high and are more drastic than anticipated by the research submitted to the FDA prior to approval. However the FDA, even with a serious side effect rate of over 10 percent, did not force these manufacturers to remove the product from the shelves. All they have required to date is additional research on any new products and stricter warnings in their medical device packets. The FDA is set to review these products again in the second half of 2014.
Do I have a transvaginal mesh lawsuit?
If you received a transvaginal mesh implant and suffered from complications, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering. Contact our medical device litigation specialists for a free consultation by calling toll free 1-800-677-3784 or by using the contact form provided.