Women around the country are filing transvaginal mesh (TVM) lawsuits against manufacturers. Doctors use these devices to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence. However, transvaginal mesh can lead to serious complications and require surgical removal. The four major TVM manufacturers are American Medical Systems, Ethicon, Boston Scientific, and C.R. Bard.
Few TVM Manufacturers Ready to Discuss Settlement Options
Recently, American Medical Systems announced the company wanted to settle. AMS is talking to law firms across the U.S. instead of taking the cases to trial. However, the other three manufacturers are holding strong in their resolution to fight and trying to stonewall the process.
The federal judge presiding over the transvaginal mesh MDLs, Judge Goodwin, ordered a workup of 200 cases for Boston Scientific and Bard. In addition, an Ethicon case is scheduled for a December 2014 trial in West Virginia. This mass workup will mostly likely spark TVM manufacturers to settle sooner… or try their case at trial.
The case workup includes a plan to have the lawyers of both the plaintiffs and the defendants pick 100 cases each and begin discovery. This will include depositions of doctors, plaintiffs and experts to support the case.
The remaining TVM manufacturers continue to employ stall tactics to avoid any real settlement negotiations.
What You Can Do
If you need mesh removal surgery after suffering serious or life-threatening complications, you may have a transvaginal mesh claim. You should contact an attorney who specializes in mass tort cases. This is because they understand all the details and have a better understanding of the process. Once you do, a lawyer can review your case and tell you whether or not you may qualify for a cash settlement.
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