The need to file Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits has become widespread throughout the country and the manufacturers are opting to settle. When everyday life becomes a nightmare due to a procedure your doctor said was simple, it is time to seek legal counsel and begin a vaginal mesh lawsuit.
Transvaginal mesh is a product designed to be implanted to prevent leakage of urine in patients with weak muscles of the pelvic region. Transvaginal mesh was first introduced in the US in the 1990s. The devices became popular because millions of women suffer from weakened pelvic muscles that cause urine leakage and other more severe medical conditions. Transvaginal mesh was thought to be the cure for many women’s ailments; unfortunately, it has turned out to be a more severe problem than the one it was intended to control.
FDA Disregards Formal Review for Transvaginal Mesh Implants
The US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved the Transvaginal mesh devices in 2005 using a system of fast-tracking products known as the 510 (k). This process disregards the formal review process of the safety of a product. This has allowed several controversial devices and products to be introduced onto the US market and Transvaginal mesh implants are a prime example.
Since their initial approval, over a thousand reports have been filed against the manufacturers regarding Transvaginal mesh implants. The FDA also confirmed that companies alerted them of the side effects caused by their devices during the three years after the approval of the device. In October 2008, the FDA was forced to issue an alert regarding these complications.
In July 2013, a public notice was issued by the FDA regarding Transvaginal mesh and the public was advised to look for alternatives to the Transvaginal device. Sadly, this came too late for some people as the damage had already been done.
Fortunately, though, you can get adequately compensated if you choose a reputable company with personal injury lawyers to represent you. If you qualify, our team of experts ensures that you receive the maximum compensation for your troubles. The device should have made women’s lives better, but many have experienced life threatening consequences.
Donna Cisson vs. Bard Avaulta – Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
In 2010, Donna Cisson was awarded $2 million in her case against Bard Avaulta. The company in mention was responsible for manufacturing the Transvaginal mesh that she used to manage her weak pelvic muscle condition. This was a personal injury lawsuit filed in West Virginia’s US District Court.
In her case against Bard, she described how the Transvaginal mesh manufactured by the company, caused her severe pain and bleeding. She went for surgery to have the device implanted and started experiencing severe side effects soon after.
The jury found that Bard Inc. indeed failed to warn the public of the side effects associated with implanting Transvaginal mesh and knowing the risk involved in their product, they continued production and distribution anyway. As a consequence, Donna Cisson was awarded a total lump sum of $2 million with punitive damages of $ 1,750,000 and a compensation of $250,000.
This Multidistrict litigation was consolidated in October 2010.
Wanda Queen vs. Bard Avaulta – Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Wanda Queen took her complaint to court after she had to endure additional surgeries because of complications with the Transvaginal device. She was compensated August 21st in the Federal court of West Virginia. The settlement terms are yet to be released.
In her statement in court, she described how the Transvaginal mesh implant began to cause complications and injury, forcing her to go through six more corrective surgeries. She explained how the device seriously decreased her quality of living.
Her settlement amount from the company has remained private to date. This was the second trial against Bard Avaulta and their defective Transvaginal mesh after Donna Cisson.
There are several pending Transvaginal mesh lawsuits against Bard’s implants. Failure of the company to issue warnings regarding potential dangerous side effects prior to the release of their product has put the company in a Multidistrict litigation.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Against Numerous Manufacturers
Bard Inc. is not the only manufacturer with a case to answer to. Boston Scientific Corp., Johnson & Johnson, American Medical Systems Inc., Mentor Corp., Endo Health Solutions Inc., Cook Medical and Coloplast are also involved in pending Transvaginal mesh lawsuits.
The main problem with these implants is that they tend to shrink over time leading to a variety of health problems in the device recipient. Transvaginal mesh usually requires surgery for implantation.
The Johnson & Johnson Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Johnson & Johnson has a subsidiary company known as Ethicon that manufactures Transvaginal mesh. Ethicon, according to documentation in courts in West Virginia is in a legal battle with affected plaintiffs. Their transvaginal mesh is also responsible for these plaintiffs filing a lawsuit against them. The next conference informing the public on the status of the pretrial proceedings was set for September the 19th, 2013.
Consolidation of the Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Consolidation of the Multidistrict litigation was done before the District Judge Joseph Goodwin for exchanges of pretrial information. This took place in Charleston, SC. Court dockets confirm that October will arrive with two trials against Bard Inc. commencing then.
MDLs or Multidistrict Litigations are proceedings that enable cases involving product liabilities to be heard individually without interfering with civil action taking place in different state districts regarding factual questions on the product. MDLs help in delivering fair rulings depending on the degree of injury on individual plaintiffs. This also eventually reduces pretrial rulings from different judges that might eventually conflict.
If you have used any Bard Inc., product listed below and you are experiencing side effects such as bleeding, pain during urination and sexual intercourse, erosion of organs around the implant and other complications, you have a right to seek legal help. The products are sold under the following brand names:
- Avaulta™ Plus Biosythetic Support System
- Avaulta™ Solo Synthetic Support System
- Faslata® Allograft
- Pelvisoft® Biomesh
- Pelvicol® Tissue
Separate lawsuits in different states affect various manufacturers. The plaintiffs exceed the 20,000 mark. Transvaginal mesh lawsuits will also be heard on different set dates for the Middle District of Georgia and Atlanta, and New Jersey Courts.
Do I Qualify to Begin A Lawsuit?
Through contacting the Abbott Law Group to see if you qualify for a Transvaginal mesh lawsuits, we strive to ensure that your health becomes the companies’ main concern, and that they make others aware of potential risks related to their products . Complete the form on this page today to speak with a legal expert for a free case review. We work tirelessly to make sure that the Transvaginal mesh lawsuits that we handle will be fairly compensated.
By: Abraham Ohrenstein