Women all around the country are continuing to file transvaginal mesh (TVM) lawsuits against manufacturers of this product that has caused serious complications that often lead to the need for surgical removal of the device. Erosion is a common issue that can lead to severe pelvic injuries.
Ethicon is a manufacturer of TVM, and lawsuits against the company continue to pile up in both state and federal litigations. A case list released July 28, 2014, noted that there are at least 6,870 cases filed in a multidistrict litigation in the Atlantic County Superior County in New Jersey.
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Court documents noted that the TVM litigation has been underway since October 2008 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned the public of the major complications linked to the mesh devices. In July 2011, the FDA released a second public alert after the organization received thousands of complaints reporting injuries connected to vaginal mesh. Most recently, in April 2014, the FDA announced a proposal to reclassify transvaginal mesh as high-risk medical devices, which would mean the product would have to undergo more regulatory scrutiny.
Additionally, the claims filed in the New Jersey claim that in addition to mesh erosion, Ethicon’s product lead to chronic pain and organ damage. The plaintiffs also allege that the vaginal mesh devices were defective in their design and insufficiently tested. The women also claim that the Ethicon did not provide physicians and patients with adequate warnings against the risks of using TVM.
Ethicon is also facing more than 19,000 vaginal mesh cases that are currently pending in a multidistrict litigation in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia.
If you or a woman you know had needed mesh removal surgery and you want to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit, it’s in your best interest to contact an advocate or attorney who specializes in mass tort cases. They will have the background expertise needed in claims like these. You might be eligible for compensation, and a professional can help.
Lori Polemenakos is Director of Consumer Content and SEO strategist for LeadingResponse, a legal marketing company. An award-winning journalist, writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas, she's produced articles for major brands such as Match.com, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, Xfinity, Mail.com, and edited several published books. Since 2016, she's published hundreds of articles about Social Security disability, workers' compensation, veterans' benefits, personal injury, mass tort, auto accident claims, bankruptcy, employment law and other related legal issues.