Four large manufacturers are finally in serious talks in regards to settling tens of thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits. Last year, American Medical System (AMS) gave in and released a statement that they would be settling nearly 20,000 lawsuits in a multi-billion dollar settlement.
The remaining three manufacturers, Johnson and Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon, C.R. Bard, and Boston Scientific, are rushing to settle the transvaginal mesh lawsuits that have been overwhelming the federal court system for the past five years.
What is Transvaginal Mesh
Transvaginal mesh is a medical device used to treat women who suffer from stress urinary continence and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Stress urinary incontinence is the unintentional loss of urine during movement or physical activity, such as coughing, sneezing or heavy lifting that puts pressure on the bladder. POP occurs when the muscles of a woman’s pelvic organs weaken, causing the pelvic organs to fall out of place. Transvaginal mesh implants provide support to the weakened muscles.
Manufacturers and doctors alike promised their patients with these medical conditions that the transvaginal mesh procedures would be quick and low-risk. However, these promises have turned out to be far from the truth.
Many women who have undergone the transvaginal mesh procedure have experienced serious complications post-surgery. These complications include: pain, infection, bleeding, pain during sex, urinary problems, and organ perforation. Numerous transvaginal mesh procedures have required multiple follow-up surgeries. Women who have received transvaginal mesh implants may experience complications for the rest of their lives.
Lawsuits Against Transvaginal Mesh Manufacturers
Lawsuits against transvaginal mesh manufacturers began flooding the court system five years ago. Currently, there are more than 75,000 lawsuits against the four manufacturers pending across the United States. Most lawsuits that have seen jury trials have resulted in significant damages awarded to plaintiffs’. Experts predict that by the time the lawsuits have cleared the courts, tens of billions of dollars will have been distributed to transvaginal mesh recipients.
In 2014, a jury in West Virginia awarded a woman $3.27 million who had the transvaginal mesh removed. In March of this year, a California Jury struck another blow to Ethicon by awarding a woman $700,000 in compensatory damages, in addition to $5 million in punitive damages, for injuries sustained by the manufacturers transvaginal mesh implant.
Hiring a Transvaginal Mesh Lawyer
Settlements and jury awards for transvaginal mesh implants are just getting started. You have a right to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer responsible for putting these medical devices on the market. Far too often, these companies are greedy and place their shareholders before the health and wellness of the general public.
Contact a St. Louis vaginal mesh lawyer as soon as possible if you’ve experienced pain and suffering from a transvaginal mesh implant. Unfortunately, time limits do apply in transvaginal mesh cases, and the clock may be running out on your time to seek compensation. A vaginal mesh lawyer and case intake specialist are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to evaluate your potential case for FREE. Call us at your earliest convenience toll-free at 855-552-2337, or locally at 314-409-7060. All consultations are absolutely free, and there will never be a fee unless win your case.
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