Patients efforts to recover compensation for injuries caused by defective medical products – transvaginal mesh and hip replacement implants – made the top 10 list of popular legal news website.
This is not surprising considering the amount of progress plaintiffs have made fighting back against the manufacturers of these dangerous products. Injured victims have won sizeable verdicts and companies are starting to enter into global settlements
Defective Transvaginal Mesh Litigation
First, in the transvaginal mesh field, juries recognize the horrible injuries women have suffered. Transvaginal mesh is a surgical device (also known as a bladder sling) implanted into women’s vaginas when their pelvic muscles are weakened. The goal of the mesh is to prevent pelvic prolapse, which is when the organs of the pelvis fall out of place and into the pelvic cavity. The mesh has also been found to erode, break off, and migrate to other parts of the body. This is dangerous because it can result in infection, organ perforation, pain, discomfort during sex, and incontinence. As a result women find themselves not only suffering from these painful side effects, but also needing additional surgery to fix the damage. The result is mounting medical costs and health effects.
Juries, fortunately, see the travesty in this and have been awarding women who take the transvaginal mesh makers to court. At the end of 2014, Boston Scientific faced three major verdicts. One federal jury in Florida ordered the company to pay $26.7 million to four women suffering from its Pinnacle mesh device. A West Virginia court shortly thereafter ruled the company pay $18.5 million to another four women after a 10-day trial and a jury in a Texas state court ordered the company to pay $73 million. Another transvaginal mesh manufacturer, C.R. Bard, agreed to settle 500 lawsuits for about $21 million in October 2014. Endo International Plc has agreed to pay more than $1.3 billion in settlements to more than 30,000 victims of its faulty transvaginal mesh products.
Considering the popularity of the device, the number of lawsuits will continue to rise. In 2010 alone, more than 70,000 women had transvaginal mesh inserted into their bodies and the mesh continues to be in use by medical providers.
Defective Hip Replacement
Hip implants are another major legal topic of the year in which victims made great strides in recovering compensation for their injuries.
Metal-on-metal hip implants are frequently used in joint replacement or resurfacing for younger and active hip replacement candidates. Unfortunately, the metal of the implant rubs together and causes the metallic coating to flake off into the blood or neighboring muscle and tissue. This causes an adverse reaction and the area becomes swollen, inflamed, or infected. Also, metal flakes enter the bloodstream, which can result in metal poisoning. The end results are painful health complications such as difficulty walking, nerve damage, the implant falling out of place, fractures, organ damage, and eventually implant failure. Thousands of people have found themselves needing multiple revision surgeries or a complete replacement of the hip implant.
Fortunately, patients suffering from these devices have fought back. This year a major hip implant manufacturer, Stryker Orthopedics, agreed to a $1.45 billion global settlement for its recalled Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacement systems. Individuals who qualify for the settlement may receive at least $300,000. In a separate case, Stryker also agreed to pay $80 million for its subsidiary OtisMed and the sale of unapproved medical devices.
Thousands of individuals are still suffering from defective hip implants and transvaginal mesh. If you have such a medical device implanted in your body and are suffering from health complications or pain, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced medical device lawyer can help you determine if your injuries are caused by the device and potentially recover the costs.
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