WASHINGTON D.C. — As transvaginal mesh lawsuits and verdicts continue to pile up here in the United States, Canada is facing its first mesh-related settlements.
Canada’s CTVNews reported that the first lawsuits for women suffering from the dangerous medical device, transvaginal mesh, are being settled. Thirty-five women reached a settlement and will be compensated for their injuries, pain, and suffering. As in the United States, transvaginal mesh lawsuits are increasing dramatically in Canada. Firms are finding themselves being approached by multiple new clients on a weekly basis. As of January, there are approximately 3000 women suing various transvaginal mesh manufacturers.
According to the latest update from the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, Judge Goodwin is presiding over thousands of federal vaginal mesh lawsuits against a number of manufacturers: 22,721 against Ethicon, 19,081 against American Medical Systems, 14,674 against Boston Scientific, 10,080 against Bard Avaulta, 1,795 against Coloplast, 258 against Cook Medical, and 71 against Neomedic. This vast number of cases represents the MDL in one federal court and does not include the countless state and federal court cases being heard elsewhere.
Transvaginal Mesh and its Dangers
Transvaginal mesh is a synthetic netting used by surgeons to prop up weakened pelvic muscles in the vagina. It is also known by the name of pelvic mesh or bladder slings. Its primary purpose is to support these muscles, reinforce the vaginal wall, and permanently remedy pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition where the muscles in the pelvic region are so weakened that the pelvic organs (bladder, uterus, etc) fall through into the vagina. Stress urinary incontinence is typically caused by physical movement or activity, such as sneezing or running. Transvaginal mesh became a popular device because it was viewed as a minimally invasive solution.
Unfortunately, the mesh was found to cause serious health complications, including causing the very condition it was meant to prevent. The mesh has been found to erode or break off into smaller pieces that migrate elsewhere in the body. This causes organ perforation and internal scarring. It also results in severe pain, bleeding, infection, incontinence, and sexual dysfunction.
The health concerns became so pressing that the FDA issued a warning in 2008 detailing the potentially serious health risks, and then another update in 2011 that states these health risks are not a rare occurrence. The FDA also noted that it was not certain the use of transvaginal mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse was more effective than traditional non-mesh options.
As more and more women pursue transvaginal mesh litigation, both in the United States and abroad, manufacturers are forced to take notice. In addition to agreeing to settlements, the courts are finding in favor of the injured patients with million dollar verdicts.
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