The Transvaginal Mesh lawsuit began when in July of 2011, the Food and Drug Administration released a statement warning about their growing concerns regarding the use of a transvaginal mesh patch for the surgical treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and urinary stress incontinence in women. Both are conditions that occur in women who have either had children, or who have suffered injuries to the pelvic region, or who have had pelvic surgery that weakened the muscles that support the internal organs.
The result of this weakening is that their organs have fallen into their pelvic region and have either protruded into their vagina or impeded other organs ability to function and caused urinary incontinence. Both of these conditions have historically been treated surgically, but in the mid 1970s surgeons began to use the same mesh patches that have successfully been used in hernia repair.
Approximately 75 percent of the 100,000 mesh patches that have been surgically implanted each year have been implanted through the vagina, and the FDA’s warning specifically addresses this protocol, calling into question whether the benefit of the methodology has exceeded the risk.
Those risks have included side effects and complications that have caused serious health conditions in many of the women who have undergone these procedures; pain, incontinence, and infection are just the start as some women have had tissue grow through the mesh patch, making it impossible for it to be surgically removed.
The FDA has reported over 1,000 complaints that have been filed with them about the medical devices, and lawsuits are beginning to be filed against several of the manufacturers who have put the products onto the market.
Filing a Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit for Damages
If you had a mesh patch implanted transvaginally, it is important that you are aware of the symptoms and side effects that may arise as a result of the device. These include:
- Vaginal mesh erosion
- Pain upon intercourse
- Urinary tract infections
- Depression caused by the impact of these side effects
If you are suffering from any of these conditions, it is essential that you seek medical help from your gynecologist or a urogynecological specialist as soon as possible. It is also important that you contact an experienced transvaginal mesh patch attorney, who will be able to help you determine what the best legal course of action is that is available to you.
There are several well-known drug and medical device manufacturers who produced the mesh patches, including Boston Scientific, Ethicon, Inc. (a division of Johnson & Johnson), and C. R. Bard. Many of these companies continued to manufacture and market the products for a full year after the FDA issued their warning about the product, showing a blatant disregard for the well-being and health of the women who would be implanted with the patches.
This kind of negligence demands a remedy, and if you have suffered from their negligence then you are entitled to damages. These damages include reimbursement for your medical expenses in addition to compensation for the pain and suffering that you have suffered and the loss of your quality of life.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Attorneys
Women who have sought and undergone transvaginal mesh patch surgery did so because they had a problem for which they were seeking a solution; they were looking to get better, not worse. If you are among the thousands of women whose quality of life has been diminished as a result of the implantation of one of these medical devices, you are entitled to get better and you are entitled to compensation from the companies that are responsible for these defective products.
From a medical perspective there are surgeries that can relieve your suffering, extracting the patch and correcting the initial problem so that you can be restored to a more fulfilling, pain free life.
From a legal perspective, you deserve to be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect by an attorney who understands the pain that you are feeling and who is interested in helping you through the process with the utmost understanding. The experienced trial attorneys at Danziger & De Llano understand exactly what is needed when pursuing justice on behalf of their clients against large corporations.
The firm of Danziger & De Llano, LLC has devoted themselves to seeking justice on behalf of thousands of clients throughout the years, treating each one as an individual and seeking the highest possible compensation for each one’s unique case. We will listen to the specifics of your situation and then devote the full force of our firm’s resources to ensuring that you are well represented and well-compensated for your pain and suffering.