Certain women may be more likely to suffer from stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or pelvic organ prolapse (POP) than others, including women who have had repeated pregnancies and childbirths or those who are of menopausal age. These factors can gradually weaken a woman’s pelvic floor, causing her organs to drop into her vagina or protrude outside of her body. As a result, women may seek an implant that will strengthen the pelvic floor and help to hold these organs in place.
While many women have reported success with several different types of transvaginal mesh (TVM) implants, others have allegedly suffered from severe and lifethreatening complications. While the surgical procedure to implant the device is not necessarily dangerous in and of itself, it is the actual transvaginal mesh that is raising concerns among many in the medical community. Contact Attorney Group for New York today if you or someone you love has been injured and you are interested in filing a New York transvaginal mesh lawsuit.
Safety of Transvaginal Mesh
Some women allege that they suffered injuries when their TVM shifted, migrated completely, or failed to maintain its intended shape, corroding within the body. Others have reportedly suffered when the sharp edges of the mesh puncture their uterus, thus placing the women at risk of suffering from further injuries to their rectum, uterus, bladder, and vagina.
Plaintiffs Seek Compensation
According to plaintiffs, tissues surrounding the TVM implants have the potential to grow and adhere to the devices, making it difficult, if not impossible, for a surgeon to safely locate and remove them. In cases when a surgeon is unable to completely remove the device, the patient may be required to undergo additional surgical procedures to correct the damage allegedly caused by the implant, and she may face increasing medical expenses and associated costs.
According to the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, the following manufacturers have been named as defendants in transvaginal mesh lawsuits and are currently facing the approximate number of claims:
- Ethicon: 17,000
- C.R. Bard: 7,700
- Cook Medical: 184
- Coloplast: 1,300
- Boston Scientific: 10,000
- American Medical Systems: 17,000
American Medical Systems agreed to an $830 million settlement in May 2014 to resolve more than 20,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits. According to women pursuing claims against the manufacturer, the company’s product caused them to suffer from uterine perforations, infections, and pain. While lawsuits continue to be filed throughout the U.S., you may still be eligible to pursue a New York transvaginal mesh lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries.
Looking to File a New York Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit?
If you or someone you love was fitted with a TVM device and suffered from complications or adverse side effects, you may be entitled to file a New York transvaginal mesh lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries. Contact Attorney Group for New York today for a free, noobligation case evaluation. If you are eligible, Attorney Group for New York can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can file a New York transvaginal mesh lawsuit on your behalf and guide you throughout the legal process. Call today.