Miami Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Seek Damages for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Complications, Device Erosion, Infection, and Other Serious Side Effects
If you are a woman who has suffered serious health issues after being implanted with a transvaginal mesh device, do not hesitate to contact our Miami defective medical device law firm right away. Once considered an effective way to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, the use of transvaginal mesh implants has led to numerous lawsuits that have been filed by patients claiming that they’ve developed serious injuries and had to undergo further surgeries as a result. Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration issued an update to a warning it had put out in 2008 notifying medical professionals and patients about the serious complications that can develop from receiving a surgical mesh implant. The FDA wanted to make sure it was clear that such complications—vaginal mesh erosion, vaginal scarring, perforation of the blood vessels/bladder/bowel (during insertion), ongoing pain, painful intercourse, pelvic pain, abdominal pressure, POP recurrence, vaginal infections, vaginal shortening, possible non-resolution of the complications, and ongoing vaginal bleeding—from transvaginal POP repair are, in fact, not rare occurrences. The regulator also said that it could not confirm that transvaginal mesh implants are any more effective than traditional non-mesh repair in treating POP. (It is also important to note that these complications can hurt not just a woman’s physical health, but also her emotional well-being, relationships, professional life, and ability to participate in certain activities and life events.) This summer, in the first transvaginal mesh lawsuit to go to trial, Christine Scott was awarded $5.5 million in her dangerous medical device case against manufacturer CR Bard Inc. Scott had implanted with the Avaulta Plus device, and because of the resulting complications, she had to undergo up to nine additional surgical procedures. Scott’s husband was also a plaintiff in the case. The jury found that Bard was negligent in the way it handled the device, including its failure to properly test the vaginal implant before making it available for use. They also determined that company officials knew (or if they didn’t then they should have known) that surgeons would not realize the possible risks posed by this mesh product when treating POP. Hundreds of other transvaginal mesh implant cases ar still pending. Transvaginal mesh makers have also been accused of design defect, failure to make products that don’t pose a danger to patients, inadequate warnings about the risks and complications, and failure to keep patients safe. Other major transvaginal mesh manufacturers include Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific Corp. American Medical Systems, and Caldera Medical. Urogynelogical Surgical Mesh: Update on the Safety and Effectiveness of Transvaginal Placement for Pelvic Organ Prolapse, FDA, July 2011 (PDF) More Blog Posts: Florida Defective Medical Device?: DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement System Also Reportedly Causing Problems for Some Patients, Florida Injury Attorney Blog, March 31, 2011 Personal Injury Settlements Reached in At Least Five Kugel Hernia Mesh Lawsuits, Florida Injury Attorney Blog, September 6, 2009 Three Florida Deaths Linked to Fungal Meningitis Outbreak From Tainted Steroid Injections, Florida Injury Attorney Blog, October 19, 2012 At The Law Office of John D. Ameen, PA, our Palm Beach transvaginal mesh lawyers represent women and their families against negligent medical device makers. We are here to fight for our clients’ right to recovery for the harm they have suffered and all that may have been lost to them in the process.