If you or someone you know has
had abdominal surgery that used a
“mesh” to repair, and have
experienced serious side effects,
you are entitled to legal representation
for your injuries, but time is limited.
What Do I Do?
If you are experiencing complications, you should see your physician as soon as possible. If necessary, seek emergency help.
Contact us by filling out the form on this page to speak with an attorney at NO OBLIGATION to understand your legal rights. Our attorneys handle cases nationwide, and have a proven track record in these kinds of cases.
This is NOT a class action lawsuit! Our clients remain individual victims in the eyes of the law by pursuing what are known as multi-district litigations, or MDLs, which are similar cases combined for pre-trial matters for efficiency. Unlike a class action lawsuit, however, each case is tried separately and remains a distinct case through the entire process. This approach results in better individual representation and, often, substantially larger settlements.
Contact us today filling out the form on this page.
Time is limited to seek justice, so don’t delay.
FDA: “Complications can be life altering”
In a July 2011 report, the FDA said complications from mesh products “can be life-altering,” and pain can persist even if the mesh is surgically removed. That same year, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine found women implanted with mesh face a heightened risk of serious side effects, including:
- a 7x greater risk of bladder perforation
- surgical complications
- frequent pain
If you were implanted with transvaginal mesh and suffered injuries, you should seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and your physical and emotional hardship.
You may have a case and be able to seek compensation if you were implanted with transvaginal mesh for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and experienced the following side effects:
- Required removal or revision surgery
- Erosion of the vaginal epithelium
- Bladder or bowel perforation
- Serious infection
- Return of pelvic organ prolapse
- Urinary incontinence
Unsure if you have a case? We can help you find out. Get in touch. Our attorneys handle all the paperwork, including recovering your medical records. You will never pay a penny unless we are successful in getting you compensated.
If you’ve been seriously injured due to a vaginal mesh implant, our attorneys may be able to help you seek compensation for:
- The costs of hospital stays, emergency room visits and ambulance rides
- The cost of future treatments or rehabilitation
- Income you lost because you were unable to work
- The physical and emotional suffering brought on by this ordeal
73,000+ Mesh Lawsuits
The number of dangerous medical devices hitting the market appears to be on the rise. The FDA reported in 2012 that medical device recalls were up 97% over a decade prior. The companies that profit from these devices must be held accountable for the harm they have caused.
More than 73,000 federal lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products, and the number continues to grow as more and more women stand up for justice.
Some of the recent verdicts:
- In February 2013, a jury found Johnson & Johnson was to blame for the injuries of a woman who required 18 revision surgeries after being implanted with a mesh product by the company’s Ethicon division.
- In April 2014, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $1.2 million to a mesh victim, and a similar verdict awarded $3.27 million to a victim in September 2014.
- In May 2014, the parent company of manufacturer AMS announced it would spend about $830 million to settle claims brought by 20,000 women.
- Boston Scientific suffered two losses in November 2014: a $26.7 million verdict in favor of four victims after a trial in Florida and an $18.5 million verdict in favor of four women after a trial in West Virginia.
The judge presiding over federal lawsuits against C.R. Bard urged the company in late 2014 to settle the lawsuits, noting that they could face a jury verdict totaling billions of dollars if the company does not settle, Bloomberg reported. A law professor told Bloomberg it is “almost unprecedented” for a judge to make such a recommendation.
The federal mesh cases have been consolidated into 7 multidistrict litigations based on the manufacturer. As of March 2015, the number of suits filed against each manufacturer continues to rise:
- Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division — 24,453 cases
- American Medical Systems (AMS) — 19,631 cases
- Boston Scientific — 15,915 cases
- C. R. Bard — 10,821 cases
- Coloplast Corp. — 2,014 cases
- Cook Medical — 377 cases
- Neomedic — 90 cases
- C.R. Bard Inc.
- Avaulta Biosynthetic
- Avaulta Plus Biosynthetic
- Avaulta Solo Synthetic
- Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon divison
- Gynecare TVT Secur Systems
- Gynecare Prosima Pelvic Floor Repair System
- Gynecare Prolift Pelvic Floor Repair System
- Gynecare Prolift+M Pelvic Floor Repair System
- American Medical Systems (AMS)
- AMS Apogee
- AMS Bioarc
- AMS Elvate
- In-Fast Ultra
- AMS Perigee
- Boston Scientific
- Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System
- Lynx Suprapublic Mid-Urethral Sling System
- Obtryx Transobturator Mid-Urethral Sling System
- Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit
- Precision SpeedTac Transvaginal Anchor System
- Precision Twist Transvaginal Anchor System
- Prefyx System
- Solyx SIS System
- Uphold Vaginal Support System
In the first trial involving Ethicon’s Abbrevo line, a California jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $5.7 million to a woman harmed by the company’s mesh products.
Jury Awards 4 Mesh Victims $26.7 Million: A Florida jury faulted Boston Scientific for the harm caused by its Pinnacle mesh implant and awarded $26.7 million to 4 injured women.
AMS Offers Another Settlement: The parent company of AMS agreed to pay more than $400 million to settle more transvaginal mesh lawsuits.
AMS to Settle Cases: The company that owns American Medical Systems, Endo Health, announced that it would pay $830 million to about 20,000 women who sued after suffering injuries from AMS mesh implants.
FDA to Re-Classify Vaginal Mesh: The FDA announced that it aims to re-classify transvaginal mesh from “moderate risk” to “high risk” and increase regulation of the devices.
Number of Lawsuits Rise: As of mid-November, 37,468 lawsuits filed on behalf of injured women were pending against 6 vaginal mesh manufacturers in federal court. These women are seeking compensation for the suffering they endured due to mesh complications.
Bard Loses First Trial: Jurors found vaginal mesh manufacturer C.R. Bard responsible for the injuries a woman sustained from one of the company’s mesh products in the first of more than 5,500 lawsuits against the company to go to trial.
AMS Agrees to Settle: American Medical Systems agreed to settle an undisclosed number of lawsuits filed by women who were harmed by the company’s mesh implants.
Jury Faults Johnson & Johnson: After the first mesh lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division went to trial in New Jersey, a jury found the company’s mesh product was responsible for the injuries suffered by a woman who underwent 18 revision surgeries due to her complications.
Doctors Take Notice: A survey presented to the American Urogynecologic Society found doctors are less likely to use transvaginal mesh for recurring POP in light of the FDA’s 2011 warning.
FDA Orders Further Testing of Transvaginal Mesh Risks: The FDA ordered makers of transvaginal mesh implants to study the risks associated with the devices. Results of this research could strengthen lawsuits filed by women who have suffered complications, potentially leading to more compensation for these innocent victims.
Congress Reps Critical of FDA’s Handling of Transvaginal Mesh: Congressional representatives issued a letter suggesting that the Energy and Commerce Committee review “whether FDA device regulation has been ineffective in protecting the public from dangerous medical devices like the…intravaginal mesh.”
Experts Seek to Limit Use of Mesh: Committee on Gynecologic Practice warns that complications associated with the transvaginal mesh method of POP correction are not worth the possible benefits in most cases. Doctors should limit their use of transvaginal mesh to only women who are at high risk from POP.
FDA Safety Alert: FDA warned that serious complications resulting from transvaginal mesh are not rare. Agency also announced that, in addition to posing greater risks, mesh implants might be no more effective than traditional repair methods.