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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 serious injury, accident & death lawyer, based in Orlando, Florida, although she accepts cases throughout the state of Florida, and in Georgia, where she is also licensed. She vigorously prosecutes serious injury and death cases caused by auto accidents, semi-truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, products & premises liability cases, as well as medical malpractice. Ms. Willis operates a boutique law firm from Orlando, Florida, focused on maintaining a reasonable case load so that she can provide personalized service to all of her clients. She spends a tremendous amount of time helping her clients understand how they can help increase the value of their cases, sometimes significantly. 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 excess insurer defense, and worked on countless multi-million dollar cases. Ms. Willis also worked as a law professor at Barry University. She has also recovered millions for her own accident clients. Ms. Willis has attained many impressive industry awards, including (1) being nominated as a “Ten Best Female Lawyers” in Florida, by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys; (2) being selected as one of the “10 Best Florida Lawyers,” by the American Institute of Legal Counsel; (3) being selected as a National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer; (4) being selected as a “10 Best” Client Satisfaction Award, from the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys; (5) being a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Club (fewer than 1% of attorneys nationwide are members); (6) being selected by Expertise.com as one of the 20 best Orlando medical malpractice lawyers; (7) being selected as a Number One Personal Injury, Car Accident & Wrongful Death Attorney By Orlando Style Magazine, based on client and other attorney ratings; (8) being selected as one of the “Three Best Rated” Orlando Accident Attorneys based on handpicked selection; (9) achieving a “superb” perfect “10.0” AVVO rating as an auto accident attorney (10) having many 5-star client reviews all over the Internet, and (11) being named one of Orlando’s “Ten Best” personal injury attorneys by Thumbtack rating system. Before you hire another Florida personal injury lawyer, you owe it to yourself to speak with Ms. Willis. Consultations and representation never cost you a penny until she wins your case.
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