Thousands Of Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits And Some Verdict Information

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Could Impact Thousands Of Women

Transvaginal-Mesh-LawsuitsIn Part I of this article, I discussed the huge numbers of women potentially impacted by transvaginal mesh products, which could lead some of those women to suffer adverse complications and ultimately may need to file a lawsuit to at least recover compensation for what have sometimes been egregious injuries.

Many Thousands Of Transvaginal Lawsuits Are Currently Pending

Because of the number of lawsuits and manufacturers involved, a complicated maze of something called “multidistrict” (federal) lawsuits are underway, against numerous medical device manufacturers. One multidistrict case in particular, against transvaginal mesh manufacturer C.R. Bard, was scheduled for trial this month (December 2013), but has been delayed and rescheduled for January 10, 2014. These cases are essentially lumped together into one big lawsuit to conserve resources for all involved parties. Usually, with defective drugs or medical devices, there is one multidistrict litigation per device or drug (combining many claims), but transvaginal mesh cases are so numerous and complex, and involve so many different manufacturers, that there are numerous “MDLs” pending in West Virginia, including cases against:

  • In re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2325;
  • In re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2326; and
  • In re: Ethicon, Inc. (a division of Johnson & Johnson), Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2327.

There are nearly 23,000 transvaginal lawsuits pending in West Virginia, plus many thousands more pending in state courts across the country. The reason for the enormous number of lawsuits is that, allegedly, these companies knew or had reason to know that their products were unsafe, yet they manufactured and sold them for doctors to implant anyway (note that a woman who has experienced complications from transvaginal mesh devices can sue the manufacturer without suing the doctor). Plus, as stated earlier, transvaginal mesh devices have been implanted into thousands of women, often resulting in lifelong pain and other serious and permanent medical complications.

Early Case Verdicts

In one case decided earlier this year, a jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $11.11 million to a woman named Linda Gross, who the jury concluded had suffered debilitating, constant pain after having the transvaginal mesh device implanted. Ms. Gross had to undergo 18 surgeries in an attempt to remove the device. Additionally, she could barely sit and intercourse was painful. The jury verdict was divided, with $3.35 million going toward this plaintiff’s “compensatory” damages, which means, essentially, her actual damages (including past and future medical care, any loss wages, and pain and suffering), and another $7.76 million against the company for something called “punitive” damages, which essentially is an amount designed to punish the company for bad behavior. In very general terms, these amounts are often higher when juries conclude that companies knew that something they were selling was likely dangerous. The goal of punitive damages is to change corporate behavior–so their amount often coincides with the wealth of the company (since a lower amount would not punish a corporate defendant worth millions or billions).

In another earlier transvaginal mesh case (2012), a California jury awarded Christine Scott $5 million dollars, after she suffered similar injuries, including eight more procedures and nine surgeries, after which doctors concluded that the device could not be removed, leaving her to deal with a lifetime of pain, and also permanently impairing her lifestyle as a runner.

Possible Associated Symptoms

Transvaginal Mesh Florida Georgia Attorney LawsuitsTwo of the most serious complications that may arise from transvaginal mesh are transvaginal mesh erosion, where the mesh erodes and passes through the vaginal walls, and organ perforation, where the eroded mesh perforates surrounding organs, such as the bladder. Other symptoms may include:

  • vaginal pain or burning
  • nerve damage
  • infection
  • bleeding
  • painful intercourse
  • recurrence of prolapse (falling organs) or incontinence
  • vaginal scarring
  • vaginal shrinkage
  • emotional problems
  • muscular problems

My Personal Opinion About Transvaginal Mesh & Medical Device Manufacturers In General

As I have said many times before, I feel very passionately that medical device manufacturers, including transvaginal mesh manufactuers, which have not properly tested and/or warned the public about known dangerous associated with their devices should be held fully accountable. As a woman who has had just a tiny glimpse at the painful world of pelvic floor problems, my heart goes out to the victims of the faulty transvaginal mesh products.

Please Call Today If You Have Been Affected

If you have received a transvaginal mesh implant, and have experienced unacceptable symptoms as a result, please contact me today. I work with co-counsel experienced in handling these types of cases and, together, we fight passionately on behalf of all of our clients. My office is located in Orlando, Florida, although I accept serious injury and accident cases all over the states of Florida & Georgia, including Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Melbourne, the Beaches, Valdosta, Macon, Atlanta, and all areas above and below.

Related Posts:

Part I: Transvaginal Mesh: Why Might These Lawsuits Impact Thousands of Women

Should You Hire A Personal Injury Settlement Mill To Handle Your Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit?

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About the Author:

Tina Willis is a Florida & Georgia personal injury & wrongful death attorney. She operates a boutique law firm from Orlando, Florida, focused on maintaining a reasonable case load so that she can provide personalized service to each and every one of her clients. After graduating second in her class from Florida State University College of Law in 1995, Ms. Willis worked as an attorney for two large Atlanta defense firms, where she practiced employment and excess insurer defense. Ms. Willis also worked as a professor of Civil Procedure & Advanced Legal Writing at Barry University in Orlando, Florida. She transitioned into spending many years writing important court documents for other lawyers in numerous complex and multi-million dollar personal injury, medical malpractice, legal malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits before she opened her own practice in late 2012. Ms. Willis still drafts motions & appeals for other personal injury and wrongful death attorneys in complex cases. On a personal note, Ms. Willis started from humble beginnings. She was raised by her Grandparents in Winter Garden. Her Grandfather was a groveworker and her Grandmother was a home maker. As a result of her background, she is passionate about helping regular people fight against powerful insurance companies and corporations. During her spare time, Tina is active on social media, and is the co-host of a Google Plus "Hangout Out On Air" called Legally Speaking, which is a show produced by lawyers for lawyers and non-lawyers, discussing various current legal issues. Tina and her husband John enjoy many outdoor activities during their free time, including running, biking, swimming, camping and many other fun pursuits. Although they never had children, their 5 cats, especially the orange tabbies "Pluto" and "Razzle" hold very special places in their hearts. Tina has also spent more than 2000 hours volunteering for local organizations focused on helping the poor, including soup kitchens for the homeless, Habitat for Humanity, and medical clinics for the poor. She was chosen as "Volunteer Of The Year" of Shepherd's Hope a few years ago. She worked as both as a volunteer and manager of Shepherd's Hope, a local non-profit providing medical care to the poor and uninsured, for approximately 4 years until she became too busy with her practice to continue. She now devotes her passion and compassion to her unwavering goal of helping her clients fully achieve the justice they deserve, in the form of maximum compensation for their injuries and losses.

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