In July 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an updated safety communication advising women and health care professionals of the potential risks associated with vaginal mesh implants. If you or a loved one has experienced complications after receiving one of these devices, you need to understand your legal rights.
What is vaginal mesh used for?
Transvaginal mesh is used to treat a condition known as pelvic organ prolapse (POP). This condition is specific to women and typically causes a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles. This weakening can cause other problems, including stress urinary incontinence and/or a downward sagging of the internal organs.
What are the problems associated with vaginal mesh?
Vaginal mesh implants have been associated with a number of serious side effects. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, these devices can potentially cause:
- Tissue damage
- Urinary problems
- Severe pain
- Perforation of the bowels, bladder or blood vessels
The problems with vaginal mesh appear to be linked to the way these devices fuse with the body’s tissue once they are implanted. Women who experience any of these symptoms after being implanted with a mesh device are urged to speak with their physician as soon as possible.
Has the FDA issued a recall of any vaginal mesh devices?
As of January 2012, the FDA has not announced any plans to recall any vaginal mesh devices currently on the market. In December 2011, the FDA announced that it would require vaginal mesh manufacturers to conduct additional safety testing and monitoring of these devices to track potential problems. Two of the biggest targets of the FDA investigation include Johnson & Johnson, maker of the Ethicon Gynecare mesh system, and C.R. Bard, manufacturer of Avaulta pelvic mesh.
Is it true that some women are suing over vaginal mesh side effects?
A number of lawsuits have been filed against several vaginal mesh manufacturers in state and federal courts across the country. The lawsuits, filed against Johnson & Johnson, Bard, Boston Scientific and others, allege that the manufacturers knew of the risks associated with these devices and failed to adequately warn consumers. A number of the lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson have been consolidated into a mess tort in a New Jersey court and are scheduled to go to trial in November 2012.
I’ve experienced pain and other side effects after receiving a mesh implant? Am I eligible to file a lawsuit?
If you or a loved one has suffered complications that you believe were caused by a vaginal mesh device, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim. The vaginal mesh legal team at Nadrich & Cohen LLP is currently investigating claims from women in all 50 states and we want to hear from you.
Call our Injury Hotline at 1-800-718-4658 for your no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation. We are a contingency firm, meaning you never pay a fee unless we recover a monetary judgment on your behalf. Call now to get the experienced legal representation you need to prove your vaginal mesh injury claim.