Can I File a Lawsuit for Transvaginal Mesh Injuries?
Product Liability Lawyers Explain How to File a Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit
The transvaginal mesh is a net-like medical device designed for permanent implantation as a way to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. In 1996, the ProtoGen Sling became the first transvaginal mesh product to hit the market. However, the product was recalled in 1999 after reports of device erosion, infections and other health problems. Additional models created by other companies that were similar to the ProtoGen Sling caused the same issues. Today, the FDA considers transvaginal mesh products to be “high-risk” medical devices. Thousands of women have sent reports to the FDA after experiencing bleeding, pelvic pain, infections, urinary incontinence and organ perforation. As a result of these potentially serious side effects, companies that include C.R. Bard, Johnson & Johnson, and Boston Scientific have faced product liability lawsuits for injuries caused by these devices.
Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit to recover compensation for your medical bills and other damages related to mesh complications. The pharmaceutical litigation lawyers at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. have decades of experience helping victims of defective pharmaceutical products. We have the resources and experience to hold even the largest pharmaceutical companies accountable for negligence.
What Are Common Symptoms of Mesh Complications?
One of the most common and dangerous side effects of transvaginal mesh implantation is mesh erosion. This occurs when the transvaginal mesh itself breaks down, twists or fractures into small and sharp pieces. The most common symptoms of mesh erosion include:
- Pain. Severe, debilitating pain is a common symptom of mesh erosion. You may feel pain during intercourse or at the site where the device was implanted. In addition, you may also feel pelvic pain or a poking sensation.
- Organ perforation. Defective pelvic mesh can break into small pieces and puncture the bladder, bowels or other organs. This can result in infections, which may require surgery or organ removal.
- Infection. Mesh erosion may cause persistent urinary infections. These infections may produce a burning and stinging sensation. Additionally, recurrent infections may require surgery.
Many of these symptoms can also lead to secondary health problems, including widespread infection and permanent disability. Sometimes, victims must undergo additional surgeries to repair the damage or remove the transvaginal mesh implant. In addition, pain caused by the mesh may be so severe that some women may require wheelchairs and walkers to move around. In severe cases, painful and disabling mesh erosion symptoms may never subside, even after multiple corrective surgeries.
Can I File a Product Liability Lawsuit for Transvaginal Mesh Injuries?
If you are experiencing the symptoms listed above, then you are not alone. In fact, thousands of women have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of transvaginal mesh implants. These lawsuits allege that the manufacturers are accountable for:
- Failure to warn. Women who received transvaginal mesh implants had no warning that they could experience unbearable pain and secondary health problems. They claim the manufacturers knowingly failed to warn that the device could cause complications.
- Designing a defective medical device. Many transvaginal mesh devices copied the design of a similar but defective medical device that was subject to a recall in 1999.
- Deceptive marketing. Lawsuits claim that transvaginal mesh manufacturers marketed their products as safe, despite knowing otherwise. For example, Johnson & Johnson faces accusations of hiding possible health complications from patients and their doctors.
After the ProtoGen Sling recall in 1999, the FDA fast-tracked additional transvaginal mesh devices for approval. However, these devices contained the same design defects that made the ProtoGen Sling dangerous. As a result, thousands of women now suffer painful and permanent health complications.
Call Us for a Free Consultation About Your Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Eligibility
Defective transvaginal meshes have affected the lives of thousands of women. However, it may be possible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers responsible for your pain and suffering. Damages from a transvaginal mesh lawsuit can help pay for the expenses caused by these defective medical devices.
The product liability attorneys at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. take cases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and nationwide. We always handle cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not charge fees unless we successfully recover compensation for your injuries. For a free initial consultation explaining your legal rights, call (866) 569-3400 or fill out an online contact form.