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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Recent Awards in Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Give Plaintiffs Hope

Can you be compensated if you were injured by transvaginal mesh?


Many women who have suffered from damaged pelvic muscles turned to transvaginal mesh for relief. Unfortunately, this medical product often did more harm than good.  Although the mesh is still being used in certain situations, over 70,000 women have filed lawsuits claiming to have been injured by the product.

Transvaginal mesh is most commonly used in women with disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.  The mesh is implanted into a woman’s pelvis and supposed to stay in place permanently.  Unfortunately, the implant is known to cause complications including adverse reactions, bladder issues, infections, pain, scarring and sexual dysfunction, among other things.  The Food and Drug Administration has even acknowledged the danger of the product.  Usually, once complications occur, the mesh needs to be taken out, posing another problem since it can take multiple surgeries to remove.  

Many women that have undergone this process have filed lawsuits against the main manufacturers of transvaginal mesh including Johnson & Johnson, or Ethicon, and others.  The plaintiffs claim that the polypropylene plastic that the mesh is made of is not safe for implantation into the human body.  Of course, the manufacturers deny this claim.  

There have been some recent breakthroughs in transvaginal mesh litigation this year that are giving plaintiffs in remaining lawsuits some hope.  Although this case will likely be appealed, juries have awarded millions to a plaintiff who claimed to be injured by transvaginal mesh manufactured by Johnson & Johnson.  In another case, Boston Scientific agreed to a $73 million settlement.  Other companies are compromising as well.  As most of the cases are before the same Federal District Court Judge in West Virginia, these decisions are causing plaintiffs to be optimistic that litigation will soon be moving along.  

Dallas, Texas personal injury attorney Michael Sawicki represents clients in all types of personal injury and products liability cases.  For a free consultation, call the Sawicki Law Firm today at (888)468-8844.

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