Most women who had transvaginal mesh surgery for pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence didn’t know how bad it could actually be. Because the procedure was originally considered a Class II (moderate-risk device) by the FDA, no clinical trials were required to compare outcomes. Healthcare providers felt it was safe and many women weren’t given alternative care routes. Unfortunately, this led to hundreds of thousands of women suffering negative reactions to pelvic mesh. Injured patients filing claims against the device’s manufacturer are now winning transvaginal mesh settlements.
And the volume of these severe complications isn’t limited to a small group. Health regulators warn that 1 in 10 women experience serious side effects from mesh surgery. The FDA issued a public statement because of the high volume of serious side effects in late 2008. It did so again in 2011, asserting TVM surgery complications are not rare. Further, patients should be presented with alternative options, if possible. Unfortunately, it’s too late for hundreds of thousands of women with reactions ranging from severe pelvic and genital pain to fistulas and even neuromuscular problems.
Due to the seriousness of TVM side effects, many women need extensive medical care following surgery and find it difficult to pay their bills. Holding device manufacturers responsible enables these women to get the help they need.
Who Qualifies for Compensation After Failed Transvaginal Mesh Surgery?
While there’s no guarantee you’ll receive financial compensation, talk to an attorney about filing a claim. A lawyer can determine your eligibility for compensation. Consultations are free, and there are no strings attached. Most often the court has pushed parties towards reaching transvaginal mesh settlements before trial. However, if they do, there are often good outcomes for those who have suffered from failed transvaginal mesh surgery.
What Does the Jury Consider if the Lawsuit Does go to Trial?
Every situation is different, but usually the jury will consider the economic impact the injury has had on the individual and the severity of the personal damage. Financial burdens, lost wages or ability to work, and the overall effect the injury has had on the mental and physical well-being of the patient will all be considered.
Who Qualifies for Transvaginal Mesh Settlements?
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