Women Suffering Mesh Problems May Still Have Time To File Lawsuits
ClassAction.org is alerting women who are suffering from problems with their transvaginal mesh (TVM) implants that they may still have time to join thousands of others who have filed lawsuits against mesh manufacturers.
In 2008, the FDA published a safety communication after reviewing more than 1,000 complaints of adverse events in women who received a transvaginal mesh (TVM) implant to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). According to the agency, the most frequent complications with these implants included erosion of the mesh, infection, pain, urinary problems and recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence. The FDA updated its safety communication three years later, after nearly 3,000 additional adverse event reports were submitted to the agency. In its update, the FDA announced that TVM implants have not been shown to provide any added benefits over traditional surgery without mesh. Furthermore, the agency said that “serious complications associated with surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of POP are not rare,” which was a change from what the agency previously reported.
Following the FDA’s warnings, thousands of lawsuits were filed alleging that TVM implants are defective and dangerous. According to the lawsuits, the mesh material can contract or shrink and cause inflammatory reactions in patients, with some side effects requiring surgical intervention. These lawsuits were recently consolidated to the Southern District of West Virginia in a procedure known as multidistrict litigation (MDL). This means that one judge, Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, will be overseeing all federally-filed lawsuits involving transvaginal mesh products made by several manufacturers. Although an MDL has been formed, women who were injured by vaginal mesh implants may still have time to file a lawsuit and seek compensation for their injuries.
Were you implanted with a transvaginal mesh device? If so, you may be eligible to collect compensation for past and future medical bills, pain and suffering and loss of marital relations. For more information, please click here.
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