If you or your loved one had a medical procedure done where transvaginal mesh was used and have started to experience some side effects, it is worth noting that you may have grounds for filing a Los Angeles transvaginal mesh lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson or other manufacturers or distributors of such products.
A lawsuit can help you recover compensation if you were harmed by a defective medical device. However, in many instances, you will have to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer to get the compensation you deserve.
Dalimonte Rueb Stoller has experienced mass tort lawyers in Los Angeles who can help you file your transvaginal mesh lawsuit. We offer our clients a free consultation. To learn more, get in touch with us today online or via phone at (833) 44-DRLAW.
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What Types of Injuries Are Linked to Transvaginal Mesh?
The women that have had transvaginal mesh implanted have suffered severe and debilitating injuries that could potentially have been avoided if they had the right information.
The edges of the mesh/sling can easily cut through the skin after implantation thereby cutting into structures nearby and causing infections and sometimes puncturing the bladder, bowel, and uterus.
Complications arising from such infections may include UTI, back pain, incontinence, extreme pain during intercourse, inability to walk, etc. Some infections may actually spread through the whole body, thus, leading to death.
According to studies, the actual injury rate is likely to increase considerably, which is not all that surprising because there are 100,000+ such procedures undertaken each year. Reports made to the FDA indicate that there could be hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries.
Still, the injuries can take up to several years to develop after the first surgery. Lawsuits have been filed by tens of thousands of women alleging that their injuries were caused by pelvic mesh products.
Unfortunately, about 30 percent of women that had mesh surgery for POP will possibly require additional related surgery.
The FDA has re-classified the vaginal mesh used for treating POP as a high-risk device because of the exceptionally high risk of developing complications. The classification, however, isn’t applicable to vaginal mesh used to repair SUI. Surgeons, however, have completely stopped using vaginal mesh because of the associated risks.
Has There Ever Been a Transvaginal Mesh Recall?
Transvaginal mesh has not yet been recalled to this date, but the transvaginal mesh used for repairing POP was reclassified by the FDA on January 4, 2016, as a Class III high-risk device, which is the highest risk category the FDA has with regards to medical devices.
Thousands of women that have received transvaginal mesh have filed lawsuits against manufacturers of these products. The recipients (women) suffered serious and debilitating injuries, chronic pain, and often have had several surgeries with varying degrees of success to correct the damage or to remove the transvaginal mesh implant thus preventing further injury.
The FDA has maintained that it is important for doctors to understand that it is actually possible to treat POP without necessarily using mesh. Doctors also need to inform their patients if the mesh is actually being used. Patients also need to be assertive when it comes to understanding when or why a Class III medical device is necessary as well as what other options might be available.
Have There Been Lawsuits Filed Against Transvaginal Mesh Manufacturers?
Yes. In fact, tens of thousands of women that received the transvaginal mesh have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of these products. The recipients of transvaginal mesh suffered chronic pain, serious and debilitating injuries, and in many instances have had multiple surgeries with different degrees of success to correct the damage or to remove the transvaginal mesh implant to avoid further injury.
A lawsuit filed against Boston Scientific alleges that the company used poor quality Chinese resin in its vaginal mesh. If such allegations are discovered to be true, Boston Scientific will most probably find itself facing criminal charges.
How Can a Lawyer Help a Los Angeles Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit?
If you’ve experienced any discomfort or suffered any injury after your transvaginal mesh was implanted, you need to consider joining thousands of other women that have vowed to ensure that pharmaceutical manufacturers and perhaps even other parties are held accountable for their injuries and suffering that might have been caused by the transvaginal mesh devices.
You may have grounds for legal action on the basis of Los Angeles, CA, product liability law for:
- Strict Liability
- Breach of Warranty
You may also have other courses for legal action depending on the jurisdiction where you file the lawsuit as well as the facts of your case. You may be entitled to recover damages for:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages (for discouraging similar behavior and punishing wrongdoers)
Transvaginal mesh lawsuits haven’t yet been awarded class-action status by the federal courts, but many of the lawsuits have been consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL). The key benefit of this approach is that the pretrial motions in comparable cases are heard by a federal judge that rules on not less than one legal question, to narrow the scope of discovery and pretrial motions to streamline lawsuits and make sure that they don’t drag on for extended periods.
Once the MDL judge rules on the common legal issues in the lawsuits, the cases are usually then remanded back to the original courts for trial at the discretion of the Judicial Panel on MDL that controls the proceedings.
The litigation process can be more focused when it comes to individual cases after a federal judge has ruled on common legal issues. It allows the jury to bypass the complex legal issues and instead hear and make a ruling on questions of the fact that might be different in your case, such as how you were injured physically by the transvaginal mesh and the damage your injury did to your life.
For a Free Review of Your Case Contact our Transvaginal Mesh Attorneys
If you have suffered pain, infection, recurrence of incontinence, prolapse or any other side effects caused by defective surgical mesh, you need to get in touch with a mass tort law firm in Los Angeles today. You deserve proper compensation for your suffering and pain.
You can reach us by calling (833) 44-DRLAW today for scheduling your free, no-risk, free case evaluation. We have a decent understanding of the complex world of pharmaceutical laws and will help you receive the justice you deserve. You can trust us to help. Fill out the online contact form provided or call us now.