Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Settlements

Designed to remedy complications resulting from POP, or pelvic organ prolapse, the vaginal mesh device is now the recipient of numerous lawsuits filed by women who had them implanted and consequently suffered serious side effects. Nearly 30 to 40 percent of women who have had more than two children, are obese, have underwent a hysterectomy or are genetically prone to POP experience weakening of the pelvic floor which renders it incapable of supporting the reproductive organs. In addition, the bladder, rectum and urethra do not receive adequate support either, resulting in the inconvenience and embarrassment of urinary incontinence. Other symptoms of POP that convince women to seek treatment include an uncomfortable sensation of pressure, pelvic pain and bulging of organs in the lower abdomen. Read more on
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Initial Complaints Filed in 2008

Nearly 1000 reports regarding problems with the mesh implant emerged in 2008, resulting in the FDA issuing a warning to the manufacturer and physicians using the device. As complaints continued to rise in number over the next two years, the FDA eventually deemed the mesh as defective and released another warning that contained the risks involved with all vaginal mesh devices. Additionally, the FDA ordered mesh manufacturers to perform more rigorous research on materials constituting the device to determine its efficacy and viability as a safe and effective treatment for POP.

First Verdict

In February, 2013, a jury decided that Johnson and Johnson should award over three million dollars to a South Dakota woman who was not properly warned of the risks associated with using a mesh implant to repair her pelvic organ prolapse. This verdict represents the first of nearly 2000 cases pending against Johnson and Johnson and Ethicon, the makers of the mesh device. Symptoms Caused by Defective Mesh Implants Following placement of the mesh device, patients and their doctors have reported symptoms and complications that include:

Bleeding and infection
Generalized pelvic pain
Organs that are perforated, specifically the bladder and intestines
Inability to empty the bladder
Visible protrusion of the transvaginal mesh through the vagina
Internal scarring

These problems occurred as the mesh shrinks after implantation, allowing worsening of the prolapsed condition and nonsupport of organs that require optimal support for healthy functioning. Moreover, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has validated claims that patients undergoing mesh implantation are at risk for suffering adverse side effects. Materials used to make a transvaginal mesh that are under investigation include: Non-porous synthetics, such as polyester or polypropylene Absorbing, or porous, synthetics such as polycaprolactone Non-cellular collagen (biologics)that are extracted from porcine or bovine sources Composite materials that include two or more of the previously named substances A frequent and potentially serious complication associated with mesh implants has been termed mesh extrusion, or erosion. Mesh erosion happens when the rough, abrasive edges of the mesh material slices through the lining of the vagina and into neighboring organs. Intercourse pain, bleeding, bacterial infection and neuromuscular issues resulting in recurring instances of pelvic prolapse commonly affect women within weeks of having the device implanted.

Filing a Lawsuit

Thousands of women have filed lawsuits against mesh manufacturers over the past several years. Because a statute of limitations exists regarding the ability to legally file a claim, women who have experienced grievous physical side effects as well as emotional distress from mesh implants need to start a claim now in order to fall within time limitations. Compensation is available to women who need corrective surgery to repair the damage inflicted by vaginal mesh devices. Filing a personal injury/class action lawsuit with the assistance of an attorney who has experienced with this type of litigation may result in a settlement awarding victims of defective transvaginal mesh devices justifiable compensation for pain, suffering and psychological distress.