A California woman has filed a lawsuit against American Medical Systems (AMS), claiming that she suffered severe injuries caused by one of the company’s vaginal mesh products.
The lawsuit, filed on December 29, 2011 by Teresa Frazier, alleges that American Medical Systems failed to properly warn consumers of the potential risks associated with their transvaginal mesh devices. Frazier says that after being implanted with a MiniArc transobturator tape urethral sling in September 2008, she experienced “recurrent pelvic pain, erosions, and recurrent infection of the tissue around the mesh.”
According to the lawsuit, Frazier had to undergo additional surgery in 2010 to repair the damage caused by the eroding vaginal mesh. She claims that despite having the mesh removed, she continues to experience chronic pain and emotional damage. Frazier is seeking an unspecified amount of compensation for her injuries, including punitive, compensatory and exemplary damages. She is also asking for compensation for her pain and suffering, lost wages and past and future medical expenses relating to the vaginal mesh.
American Medical Systems is just one of several companies that are currently facing lawsuits in connection with a defective vaginal mesh device. Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard and Boston Scientific are also being sued by numerous women who say they experienced severe adverse health effects after being implanted with transvaginal mesh.
In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an updated safety communication advising women outlining the potential complications associated with vaginal mesh devices. In 2011, the FDA issued another warning, advising women and health care professionals that the dangers associated with transvaginal mesh could potentially outweigh its benefits in treating stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.
In January 2012, the FDA announced it would require vaginal mesh manufacturers to conduct additional post-market safety studies of these devices. The FDA says it is conducting an ongoing safety review of mesh implants to determine the full extent of the potential risk to consumers’ health.
Women who have been injured by a vaginal mesh device are urged to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss their rights. Each state has different limitations on the amount of time you have to file a claim so it’s important to act quickly if you or a loved one experienced vaginal mesh complications.
The vaginal mesh attorneys at Nadrich & Cohen, LLP are offering free initial case evaluations to women in all 50 states who believe they may have a claim. We specialize in assisting individuals across the country who have been injured by defective medical devices, including vaginal mesh. Help is available 24 hours a day by calling 1-800-722-0765. All cases are accepted on a contingency basis, meaning there is never a fee unless we achieve a settlement on your behalf.