Over 500 Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Settlements
Recently, it was reported that C.R. Bard has reached a settlement in over 500 transvaginal mesh lawsuits related to Bard Avaulta mesh devices. It has also been reported that Endo Health Systems recently agreed to settle a majority of cases pending against it involving AMS mesh devices for $830 million. There are many more lawsuits currently pending against numerous manufacturers of these devices.
Transvaginal mesh (TVM) devices are made of surgical mesh and are inserted into the vagina to support the pelvic organs. It is commonly referred to as the sling procedure because the mesh creates a cradle-like structure to hold organs including the vagina, uterus, cervix and bladder in place. Professionals believed that the devices were a less invasive, long lasting alternative to other surgical options. Transvaginal mesh devices are manufactured by a wide range of companies including Johnson and Johnson, C.R. Bard, Covidien, Ethicon, Boston Scientific and American Medical Systems, AMS.
In 2002, vaginal mesh devices were approved by the Food and Drug Administration, FDA, for treatment of urinary stress incontinence, SUI, and pelvic organ prolapse, POP. After the device was approved and put into use, the FDA began receiving complaints. Since that time, women who had the procedure in Alabama have filed lawsuits against the mesh manufacturers alleging that they were provided misleading and untrue information related to its safety and effectiveness. Many of those women suffered complications including infections, internal bleeding, mesh erosion or migration, organ damage, pain during urination or intercourse and vaginal pain.
Alabama women who believe they have suffered an injury due to a transvaginal device should consult an attorney to find out if they can file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. Alabama has a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits. This means that a claim must be filed in a court of law within two years of the time that the victim became aware of the injury. If a transvaginal mesh lawsuit is not filed within that timeline, the person who suffered the injury could lose her chance to be compensated for her injuries.
Compensation for injuries in a transvaginal mesh lawsuit may include monetary damages for lost wages, future wages, loss of consortium and pain and suffering. It may also include compensation for medical expenses related to the mesh device.
Have You Been Injured?
If you or a loved one suffered injury or had to undergo removal procedures after receiving a transvaginal mesh implant, consider seeking help from a transvaginal mesh lawyer. Attorney Group for Alabama offers free consultations where we can discuss your case and connect you with an affiliated Alabama TVM lawyer if you decide to pursue a claim. We are here to help keep you informed. Contact us today to learn more.