Millions of women have received vaginal mesh implant devices over the last 15 years or so. Vaginal mesh implants are used after hysterectomies and to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). A vaginal mesh device is made of a synthetic material in a hammock-like design, which is implanted to support pelvic organs. Unfortunately, the mesh devices, including bladder slings, have led to numerous complications and injuries after implantations. Fortunately, mesh device recipients have consumer rights which can provide compensation for the costs and pain and suffering related to the implanted devices.
While the vast majority of women with implanted mesh devices do not experience complications from the device, after reviewing the number of reported adverse incidents related to the devices the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that complications were not rare. Some of the complications believed to be related to vaginal mesh implants include bleeding, pelvic pain, organ perforation, infection, painful intercourse, and device erosion.
Device erosion occurs when the plastic material of the device fuses with the surrounding tissue causing the vaginal wall tissue to erode. If the device erodes it can perforate other organs. Both erosion and organ perforation can require multiple surgeries. Because the device fuses with the tissue it is attached to, it can become very difficult to fully remove, even with multiple surgeries. And the remaining pieces of the device can continue to cause pain and other complications.
Mesh-related complications are not only painful; they can also be very costly, both economically and non-economically. Vaginal mesh lawsuits allow injured women to seek damages, or compensation, for the complications, as well as the additional medical procedures directly related to the removal of the faulty implant. Some of the more common damages include economic costs like medical expenses and lost wages and non-economic costs like pain and suffering, reduced quality of life, and loss of spousal consortium.
There are currently an estimated 50,000 pending vaginal mesh liability cases pending in federal court and thousands more in state courts. Mesh manufacturers such as C.R. Bard, Endo, and Coloplast have settled many of their lawsuits out of court. In both of Endo’s recent settlement offers plaintiffs received around $40,000 each. Other cases have gone to trial with varying results. There is currently a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in West Virginia federal court, which has consolidated tens of thousands of cases.
If you or someone you know has an implanted vaginal mesh device and believe you have suffered injuries as a result, you may be entitled to compensation. As a consumer you have the right to safe medical devices. Contact your doctor about your symptoms and then speak with our experienced lawyers to discuss your claim free of charge. Or complete our Free Vaginal Mesh Case Review form and our top-rated legal team will evaluate your claim. These lawsuits are time sensitive; please contact our experienced vaginal mesh attorneys today.