Damage from TVM
When women experience stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, they may be treated with transvaginal mesh (TVM), but this device can lead to complications like chronic pain, perforation, organ damage, scarring and other serious side effects. Many of these can result in the need to have the mesh surgically removed.
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Because of this, thousands of women have filed transvaginal mesh lawsuits around the U.S. against the various manufacturers of mesh products, one of which is Boston Scientific.
Building TVM Cases
An order from Sept. 18, 2014 from the the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, stated that a consolidated bellwether trial is scheduled for Nov. 3, 2014 in the the middle district of Florida. This case will involve five mesh lawsuits, and a pre-trial conference will be held on Oct. 23.
“Bellwether trials are important in large litigations, as they may provide clues to jury rulings in similar cases, ” a law firm representing TVM plaintiffs said in a statement.
Currently, there are more than 13,000 suits filed against Boston Scientific in West Virginia by women who claimed to have suffered serious complications due to transvaginal mesh made by this company. Additionally, there are more than 60,000 cases filed against multiple manufacturers.
What’s Next for TVM Litigation
The first trials in the federal litigation have not yet started, but a state court in Texas ordered Boston Scientific to pay a woman more than $73 million in punitive and compensatory damages because of a defective product design and a failure to sufficiently warn doctors and patients about possible associated risks.
If you were treated with vaginal mesh and suffered serious complications that led the surgical removal of the device, you might be considering filing a lawsuit. Before pursuing this course of action, you may want to speak to an advocate or attorney who specializes in mass torts and can give you sound advice.
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