Transvaginal Mesh Recall Lawsuits Florida
Thousands of Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits Filed
Over 75,000 lawsuits nationwide have been filed by women suffering from failed transvaginal mesh and sling implants. Many women have endured multiple painful surgeries without a cure. Our firm is continuing to file lawsuits for injured women and our founding attorney Joseph H. Saunders has been a member of the federal plaintiff steering committee since the beginning of the multidistrict litigations.
Mesh Manufacturers Ignored Dangers and Failed to Test Mesh Products
The manufacturers of these mesh and sling products put profits ahead of the safety of women and mislead the doctors about the true dangers of these mesh products. Manufacturers such as Ethicon, Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, Bard, Cook, and Coloplast failed to do proper testing of the mesh before marketing the products and then failed to do proper post-market surveillance once women began reporting serious injuries.
Multimillion Dollar Mesh Jury Verdicts and Settlements
A Delaware jury verdict of $100 million was recently handed down against mesh manufacturer Boston Scientific in a single case. $75 million of that verdict was punitive damages to punish Boston Scientific for its intentional deceptive conduct in putting its own profits first over safety. There have been a number of other multimillion dollar jury verdicts in mesh cases.
There have been a number of multimillion dollar settlements of groups of cases with some of these manufacturers. However, these are not class action cases so each person is entitled to bring their own separate case. So, hearing that there has been a settlement of some cases does not mean that it is too late for women to bring new cases.
Time Limits for Filing Mesh Lawsuits
There are time limits for bringing these cases which are different in different states. There is likely still time for many women to bring their claims but action must be taken promptly. The manufacturers of these dangerous products are now looking closely at these cases and asking the court to dismiss cases that were not timely filed. Recently, Judge Goodwin in the federal court in Charleston, West Virginia who is assigned to handle these cases has ruled in favor of injured women and allowed their cases to continue.
This is one of the reasons that it is important for any woman with a mesh implant to get prompt legal advice.
Transvaginal Mesh was Marketed to Repair Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Stress Urinary Incontinence
Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) is a condition that occurs when the muscles that hold up a woman’s bladder weaken or stretch, dropping the bladder against the walls of her vagina. In some cases, the bladder protrudes outside the vaginal canal. Other organs which can also be affected are the urethra, uterus, vagina, small bowel, and rectum.
Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) is a condition that occurs when the sphincter muscles can no longer control bladder functions.
Conditions which can cause or aggravate one or both of these two conditions are childbirth, obesity, obesity, hard coughing, straining bowel movements, pelvic organ tumors, smoking and aging.
How was Mesh Supposed to Work?
Transvaginal mesh, also called a sling, is a medical device implanted surgically. It is used to repair pelvic floor muscles in women, who suffer pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). According to the FDA, surgical mesh is made of synthetic materials or animal tissue, usually from a pig or cow, which has been processed and disinfected. The synthetic mesh can be non-absorbable or absorbable. The animal mesh is absorbable. Non-absorbable materials are considered permanent and intended for long term reinforcement. Absorbable mesh is intended to allow new tissue growth to provide strength to the supported muscles. Transvaginal mesh evolved from hernia repair mesh.
How Did Transvaginal Mesh Get On The Market?
Transvaginal mesh was cleared for marketing by the FDA through the 501(k) program, which means it was allowed to be sold based upon prior approvals of similar mesh products, or in other words, it was “grandfathered” in. Boston Scientific manufactured the first transvaginal medical device, ProtoGen Sling, which was approved in 1996 through the FDA’s 501(k) pre-market approval process for SUI repair. The FDA never performed or required any studies proving that transvaginal mesh was either safe or effective.
The FDA approved mesh for pelvic organ prolapse repair in 2002 and sales of the product has steadily increased since that time.
How is Mesh Implanted and Why Does it Fail?
The implant procedure is performed by incisions made in the front or the back of the vagina, depending on where there is need for support. The mesh is inserted through the incisions underneath the vaginal skin. Once the mesh is inserted, the incision is sutured closed. After the surgery, the patient will be on antibiotics, sometimes for a week or so. There is also the possibility that a hysterectomy will be suggested to avoid the uterus from prolapsing (falling).
Some doctors perform robot-assisted surgery. Robotic surgery is for minimally invasive procedures and is touted for precision, smaller incisions, decreased blood loss and faster healing times. The problems began because, although the mesh implant works well in the abdomen, the pelvis requires more flexibility and the tissue is more fragile than tissue in the abdomen. Sometimes the rigid mesh shrinks, pulling on the tissue of the surrounding area, eroding or eroding through the tissue walls. The edges of the mesh are sharp and can and usually do, puncture the bladder, bowels and other organs.
Sometimes, a mesh may become so embedded in the tissue that it cannot be removed through surgery. Many times revision surgery or multiple surgeries have to be scheduled within a few years of the original surgery.
Many patients develop severe infections, pain and bleeding. Women have compared their pain with the immovable mesh to “sitting on razor blades.” Or “having barbed wire inside.” There are possibilities of nerve damage, permanent catheterizations, the inability to have intercourse, and living with pain for the rest of their lives.
Women may also be burdened by emotional and social stresses in addition to the physical toll caused by their injuries. Many of these women can no longer have sex with their spouses or the sexual relationship has been limited. This can cause enormous strain in a marriage.
Besides living with pain and the strain on a marriage, there is frequently stress in communicating such a private and personal matter to physicians, family, friends, and employers.
Relationships with spouses may be strained to the point of estrangement and the quality of life and ability to perform routine tasks may be severely diminished.
There are even reports of suicides or people contemplating suicide. Besides physical health problems failed mesh patients are also subject to mental health challenges.
These products are manufactured for distribution all around the world. There are over 75,000 lawsuits pending in the federal courts against 7 different manufacturers for injuries and deaths from these mesh products. Lawsuits are expected to be filed for years to come.
We Will Review Your Case Confidentially at No Cost or Risk to You
Your lawsuit can send a loud and clear message to manufacturers that they cannot put profit over the health and welfare of human beings. If you have had a transvaginal mesh implant that is causing you to suffer call us at (800) 748-7115.