A number of transvaginal mesh lawsuits against manufacturers are progressing in court. A revised short form complaint and amended short form complaint have been approved for all proceedings in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, according to a release from Bernstein Liebhard LLP, the firm representing the cases.
Lawsuits have been filed against American Medical Systems, Inc., Boston Scientific Corp., C.R. Bard, Inc. and Ethicon, Inc. – all makers of transvaginal mesh implants that have allegedly caused thousands of women harm. The mesh implants were used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. However, plaintiffs involved in the lawsuits in West Virginia said the manufacturers failed to adequately warn the public of the potential risks of the devices.
A jury awarded $2 million to a woman in August who suffered serious health complications and injuries from using C.R. Bard’s Avaulta mesh device.
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Some common problems women using mesh implants have experienced include infection, pain, urinary problems, mesh erosion through the vaginal wall, vaginal scarring and bowel, bladder and other organ perforation.
Women began filing transvaginal mesh lawsuits against mesh makers in 2008 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued its initial warning about the dangers of the implants. At that point, the FDA had received more than 1,000 reports of serious injuries associated with transvaginal mesh implants. Three years later, the FDA reported that number had more than doubled.
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