Transvaginal mesh failure

Settlement Offered to Victims of Transvaginal Mesh Complications

by Staff Blogger | September 15th, 2015

Many women suffering from conditions like pelvic organ prolapse or urinary incontinence undergo corrective procedures utilizing transvaginal mesh. Many of these patients have suffered transvaginal mesh complications, including pain, swelling, and perforation of organs or tissue.

Some patients who suffered injuries filed civil litigation against the makers of the transvaginal mesh products. A large portion of these cases may soon be resolved if a settlement offered by one transvaginal mesh maker is approved.

According to Bloomberg Business, transvaginal mesh manufacturer, C.R. Bard, Inc., has offered $200 million dollars to settle roughly 3,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed against them. If the terms of the settlement are approved, it could mean each victim getting as much as $67,000 in compensation.

The decision to offer the settlement came on the heels of a court order for the company to pay a West Virginia woman $2 million in compensation for injuries she sustained due to transvaginal mesh implanted into her body.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we recognize the struggles many victims of a transvaginal mesh failure face along their journey to recovery. That’s why our transvaginal mesh lawyers are hopeful the settlement will bring a sense of closure to each of the victims harmed by Bard’s product.

 

 

$73 Million Awarded in Texas Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit

by Staff Blogger | September 16th, 2014

Medical device manufacturers have a responsibility to ensure the safety of the products they bring to the market. Failure to do so can result in costly legal action—including one Texas transvaginal mesh lawsuit that resulted in a $73 million award for the victim.

Court documents indicate the 42-year-old victim had transvaginal mesh implanted into her body four years ago to help relieve a urinary leak. But the device failed and led to the woman suffering permanent nerve damage and almost constant pain.

She filed a lawsuit claiming Boston Scientific, the company that created and distributed the Obtryx sling, had wrongfully marketed a faulty product. A jury agreed and awarded the victim $23 million in compensatory damages to cover pain and suffering and her medical and legal bills. Reuters explains the jury then awarded another $50 million in punitive damages.

This was the first of roughly 23,000 lawsuits against Boston Scientific related to their transvaginal mesh devices. Other trials are scheduled to begin in October.

At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, our team of defective medical device attorneys are aware of how difficult it can be to overcome the harm caused by a faulty medical device. That’s why we’re hopeful the decision reached in this case will bring a sense of closure to the victim.

FDA Issues Recall On Trans-Vaginal Mesh

by fpw | December 6th, 2011

December 6, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning several months ago regarding the dangers of surgical mesh being used to support organs in women suffering from pelvic prolapse, a condition in which organs slip down into the vagina. Doctors have also used the mesh to correct stress bladder incontinence in women.

The warning states that complications could arise from the use of the product, such as pain, bleeding, and infection. Over a two-year period, from 2008 to 2010, more than 1500 patients reported post surgery issues involving the mesh. Most often, the complications arose after the mesh failed to bond correctly to the body and came through the vaginal wall.

Even with the great risk of injury, the FDA is choosing not to pull the product completely because certain patients may still benefit from its use. For now, experts are recommending that doctors perform a more traditional prolapse surgery using only stitches instead of the mesh product.

The FDA conducted a meeting in September to determine the fate of the surgical mesh by asking patients whether it should be considered a high-risk product and are still working to decide which patients could benefit from its use.

The Texas Vaginal Mesh Failure Lawyers with Ferrer, Poirot, and Wansbrough have years of experience helping victims who have been injured because of a doctor’s mistake in surgery. Contact us today by filling out a free initial consultation form if you have been hurt.