Earlier this month, a federal judge ordered Caldera Medical to pay a total of $12.3 million to settle over 2,700 injury claims related to the company’s transvaginal mesh products. Tens of thousands of women have suffered injuries as a result of transvaginal mesh products from multiple manufacturers. Many of the women allege that manufacturers provided “false and misleading information” about the effectiveness and safety of the products. Complications range from severe pain to the need for multiple revision surgeries. If you have been harmed by a mesh implant, read on for more information about legal options that may be available to you.
Why Should Transvaginal Mesh Manufacturers Be Held Accountable?
Lawsuits against mesh manufacturers include several allegations, including that they:
- Intentionally mislead physicians, patients, and the FDA as to the safety and effectiveness of their products.
- Failed to perform adequate testing on the use of mesh products for treating disorders of the female pelvic floor.
- Failed to determine safe methods of removal for when complications arise.
- Failed to properly and adequately warn patients and physicians of associated risks.
Complications Associated with Transvaginal Mesh
Within weeks of surgery, mesh can begin eroding through vaginal walls. The result can be extremely painful, and injuries may be permanent. Possible complications include:
- Severe pain
- Erosion of the mesh
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Abdominal pain
- Urinary incontinence
- The need for revision surgeries
A Boston defective medical products attorney can help you determine how to proceed if you’ve been injured by transvaginal mesh. Due to the nature of the complications, injuries can be emotional as well as physical. A woman from Illinois is suing the manufacturer of her mesh product for nearly $10 million as a result of the complications she experienced. Jill L. Dewey had the medical product implanted in 2005 following her organ prolapse.
In addition to the above cases, thousands of federal lawsuits have been consolidated in multi district litigation (MDL), and thousands more are currently pending at the state level. The manufacturers facing the lion’s share of the lawsuits are Ethicon and American Medical Systems, but Boston Scientific, Coloplast, C.R. Bard, Neomedic, and Cook Medical are also facing their fair share of injury claims.
If you have received a transvaginal mesh implant and are concerned about the associated risks, speak to your healthcare provider. If you have been injured due to a mesh device, or a similar medical product, a MA injury lawyer can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
More Defective Medical Products
In addition to transvaginal mesh products, several other medical devices have caused serious harm to patients in recent years. The devices below have been at the center of tens of thousands of injury claims.
- Metal hip replacements
- Drug-coated stents
- Guidant defibrillators
- IVC blood clot filters
- DaVinci surgical robots
Altman & Altman, LLP – Boston’s Premier Defective Medical Products Law Firm
If you have been injured by a defective or dangerous medical device, the skilled legal team at Altman & Altman, LLP can help. We have been protecting the rights of injury victims for more than 50 years. When pharmaceutical companies and medical product manufacturers put profits before the safety and well-being of the general public, they should be held accountable for their negligence. If you have been harmed, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. At Altman & Altman, LLP, our experienced, knowledgeable attorneys have an impressive track record of obtaining compensation for clients. We will analyze the details of your case to determine the best legal strategy, and we’ll be by your side throughout the entire process. If you’ve been injured, we can help. Contact Altman & ALtman, LLP today for a free and confidential consultation about your case.