Transvaginal mesh is a medical device used for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Unfortunately, many women have suffered serious complications and injuries as a result of these mesh implants. If you have been affected, you may have legal recourse and options for seeking compensation.
What does pelvic mesh do and why are women suing over it?
SUI is the involuntary leakage of urine when a woman coughs, sneezes, exercises or otherwise puts strain on her pelvic region. It is common in women as they age, especially in women who have had children. POP is the herniation, or dropping, of the pelvic organs, such as the bladder, which is also common in women as they age. Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh used to treat these conditions. The mesh is inserted through the vagina to provide additional support the urethra in the case of SUI, or the pelvic organs, like the bladder, in the case of POP.
Although these mesh implants were often touted as the gold standard, and are still sometimes used, many women have reported serious complications and side effects from transvaginal mesh implants, including pain, infection, vaginal scarring, and mesh erosion. Some women have even required additional surgeries to remove the mesh or repair the damage caused.
Vaginal Mesh Complications:
The following are some of the most commonly reported vaginal mesh complications:
Mesh erosion: This is when the mesh moves or shifts inside the body, and exposes itself in the vaginal canal or in another organ, causing pain and discomfort.
Pain and discomfort: Many women report ongoing pain and discomfort in the vaginal area, groin, and lower back after receiving a transvaginal mesh implant. Many women report extreme pain when having sex following their transvaginal mesh implant.
Infection: Mesh implants can increase the risk of infection, which can lead to further complications and even sepsis.
Vaginal scarring: Scarring from mesh implants and/or mesh removal and revision surgeries can cause pain and sexual difficulties, as well as make it harder for women to use tampons or have sex.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Update:
The use of transvaginal mesh for POP repair has been the subject of much controversy and legal action in recent years. Here is a timeline of key events:
As of January 2023, there are still ongoing lawsuits against transvaginal mesh manufacturers, and many women are still seeking compensation for the harm they have suffered.
2013-2015: Numerous lawsuits were filed against transvaginal mesh manufacturers, alleging that they failed to adequately warn women about the potential risks and complications of the devices.
2011: The FDA reclassified transvaginal mesh from a low-risk to a high-risk medical device.
2008: The FDA issued a warning about the potential risks of transvaginal mesh after receiving numerous reports of complications and side effects.
Vaginal Mesh Settlement Amounts:
The amount of compensation that can be received in a transvaginal mesh lawsuit will vary depending on the individual case. However, Anapol Weiss has a strong track record of securing substantial verdicts for clients who have been injured by these devices. From 2015 to 2019, Anapol Weiss shareholder Kila Baldwin secured several substantial verdicts ranging from $12.5 million to $80 million for clients who sustained injuries due to defective transvaginal mesh implants.
Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit FAQs:
Can I file a lawsuit if I have been affected by a transvaginal mesh implant?
Yes, if you have suffered harm or complications as a result of a transvaginal mesh implant, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer.
What type of compensation can I receive in a transvaginal mesh lawsuit?
Compensation in a transvaginal mesh lawsuit can include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
How long do I have to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit?
The statute of limitations for filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit varies by state, so it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible to determine your rights and options.
Can I sue even if I had my surgery several years ago?
Yes, as long as the statute of limitations has not expired, you may still be able to file a lawsuit, even if you had your surgery several years ago.
How can a lawyer help me with my transvaginal mesh lawsuit?
A transvaginal mesh lawyer can help you navigate the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected. They can also assist with gathering evidence, negotiating with insurance companies, and representing you in court, if necessary.
Filing a Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit:
If you have been affected by a transvaginal mesh implant, it is important to understand your legal rights and options. A transvaginal mesh lawyer can help you seek the compensation you deserve for the harm you have suffered.
At Anapol Weiss, our attorneys have extensive knowledge and experience handling transvaginal mesh lawsuits. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that these complications can take on women, and we are dedicated to helping our clients hold transvaginal mesh manufacturers accountable for their actions.
If you have been affected by a transvaginal mesh implant, do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. Our attorneys can help you understand your rights and options, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.