Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
For women who suffer from stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, transvaginal mesh has been a solution for over twenty years. However, as more women received mesh implants, more reports of adverse complications were reported to the FDA.
This prompted the FDA to release their first safety communication regarding surgical transvaginal mesh in 2008.
Since the initial FDA investigation, thousands of women have come forward claiming serious and potentially life-threatening complications from transvaginal mesh. Lawsuits have been filed against nearly all mesh manufacturers regarding all different types of mesh products.
What Are The Adverse Side Effects of Transvaginal Mesh?
The 2008 FDA safety communication indicated the department had received over 1,000 reports in a three year period from nine different mesh manufactures of complications that were occurring in people who received transvaginal mesh implants. The most frequent complications listed in the reports was mesh erosion, a condition that occurs when the device migrate from its original location and destroys tissue in the vagina. Reports of infection, severe pain and urinary problems were also frequent in the reports.
Rare, but even more troubling complications noted in the initial report were bowel, bladder and blood vessel perforation during insertion of the device. This can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening complications. Organ perforation almost always requires surgery to correct. If an organ is perforated due to the migration of the vaginal mesh, surgery will also be required to locate and remove the device, as well as diagnose and repair any damages.
For these reasons, consumers have filed multiple lawsuits against the makers of these devices claiming the pharmaceutical giants “had a legal duty to ensure the safety and effectiveness of their pelvic mesh products” but failed to do so. Since the first lawsuits were filed, several have been settled for large amounts. Thousands of others are still pending in court.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Settlements
Millions of dollars have already been paid out to victims who have been injured by transvaginal mesh. Many of the major mesh manufacturers have reached settlements, and yet still more cases are pending in federal court. Below are some of the notable verdicts and settlements reached in United States transvaginal mesh cases.
American Medical Systems
American Medical Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Endo International PLC, settled 20,000 lawsuits in 2014 for nearly $830 million. The lawsuits alleged that the company’s vaginal mesh implants had eroded and left the plaintiffs in severe pain.
Coloplast, a Danish medical device manufacturer, settled 400 transvaginal mesh lawsuits for $16 million in March 2014. The settlement will pay out an average payment of $40,000 to each claimant.
Colleen Perry, et al. v. Ethicon Inc., et al.
In March 2015, California resident Colleen Perry was awarded $5.7 million in her pelvic mesh injury trial. The jury awarded her $100,000 for medical expenses, $100,000 for noneconomic damages, $500,000 for future noneconomic damages, and $5 million in punitive damages.
The lawsuit alleged that the mesh device Perry had received hardened and eroded tissue inside her vagina, making intercourse with her husband extremely painful. The defendant argued the risks were well known and Perry had signed an informed consent form prior to receiving the implant.
Debora Barba v. Boston Scientific Corporation
A Delaware jury awarded Debora Barba $25 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages after they found Boston Scientific to be negligent in designing their transvaginal mesh devices, which had caused severe bladder infections and abdominal pain in Barba. The $100 million verdict was reduced to $10 million by a Delware judge in October 2015.
Martha Salazar v. Boston Scientific Corporation
Another lawsuit against Boston Scientific resulted in a large jury verdict for Texas resident Martha Salazar in 2014. The jury returned a verdict of $73.5 million dollars to be awarded to the plaintiff due to the injuries caused by Boston Scientific’s Obtryx bladder sling ($23 million compensatory damages, $50 million punitive damages). The 42-year-old Salazar was unable walk or sit normally due to the device, which also caused serious internal injuries. The bladder sling was originally installed to treat minor incontinence.
Current Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Nearly forty thousand transvaginal mesh lawsuits are currently pending in federal court. These lawsuits have been consolidated into six separate multi-district litigations, all to be presided over by Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.
If you have been injured or harmed by transvaginal mesh, surgical mesh or a bladder sling, you may be eligible to join this litigation or file your own individual lawsuit. Depending on the circumstances of your case, our legal team can help you decide what option is best for you.
It is important, however, to contact an attorney as soon as possible regarding your injuries from transvaginal mesh. There are specific time limitations on filing defective medical device lawsuits and if you miss the deadline in your state, you will be unable to recover any compensation for your pain and suffering.
File Your Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit
Our legal team is investigating potential lawsuits against the manufacturers of transvaginal mesh. If you or a family memeber has suffered complications after receiving transvaginal mesh or a bladder sling, our lawyers can help you. It is important to understand that large pharmaceutical companies have virtually unlimited resources to litigate and defend any allegations brought against them, so it is imperative that you hire a team of lawyers who specialize in defective medical device lawsuits. Our lawyers have obtained millions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts and we can do the same for you.
It will cost you nothing to get started on your transvaginal mesh lawsuit. We do not charge fees, and we pay for all case costs and litigation expenses during the lawsuit. Only after you win your case and secure your settlement will you be responsible for payment. If we are unable to win your case, you will pay nothing at all. This is our No Fee Promise to you.
Start Your Transvaginal Mesh Claim
Our transvaginal mesh lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:
- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
- Call (866) 280-3417 any time of day to tell us about your case.
We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.
WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing transvaginal mesh lawsuit claims.