Urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are two extremely personal medical conditions that many women suffer from. To treat the conditions, a transvaginal mesh implant surgery may be recommended and performed. Unfortunately, not all of these products are reliable, and some transvaginal mesh materials can actual be dangerous for a woman. As such, thousands of women who have been injured as a direct result of an unsafe or defective transvaginal mesh implant have filed lawsuits.
Defective Transvaginal Mesh Implants
In July of 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety communication that read that, “serious complications associated with surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of POP are not rare.” Furthermore, the FDA listed the following adverse reactions associated with transvaginal mesh implants:
- Mesh erosion through the vagina;
- Pain during sexual intercourse;
- Organ perforations;
- Urinary problems;
- Neuro-muscular problems;
- Vaginal scarring/shrinkage;
- Emotional problems; and
- Recurrent prolapse.
These problems often warranted hospitalization and surgery, and also led to diminished quality of life for affected victims.
Who Is Liable for Harm Caused by Transvaginal Mesh?
There are multiple pharmaceutical and medical device companies that manufacturer transvaginal mesh materials that are defective and dangerous. Some companies that have faced litigation include:
- C.R. Bard;
- Boston Scientific; and
- Johnson & Johnson.
If a surgical mistake was the cause of the transvaginal mesh failure/complications, then the surgeon—or hospital where the surgery took place—may also be held partially liable for damages.
Damages Available to Victims
Women who have been harmed by a transvaginal mesh implant have the right to pursue legal action against the at-fault party. Damages types that may be available in a claim include damages for all medical expenses related to the injury, future medical expenses, lost wages or other economic losses, and damages for physical and mental pain and suffering.
Contact a Defective Medical Device Attorney Today
You do not have to go up against a large corporation on your own; the experienced defective pharmaceutical and medical device attorneys at Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC want to help you. For a legal team that will not give up on advocating for you, call us today to schedule a consultation.