Thousands of women all over the United States have been implanted with vaginal mesh (sometimes called “pelvic mesh” or a “bladder sling”) to relieve the debilitating, painful symptoms of Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and/or Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved these products, but most devices were only minimally tested before being implanted in thousands of unsuspecting women. Now, many of these women have come forward to report their injuries. Hundreds are seeking justice by filing a lawsuit against the manufacturers.
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$5.5 Million in First Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit
In a landmark decision, a jury in California has awarded Christine Scott and her husband $5.5 million for her vaginal mesh injuries. Mrs. Scott suffered from Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI), and decided to get the C.R. Bard Avaulta vaginal mesh implant to treat the condition. Unfortunately, the mesh soon caused severe complications — it eroded into her vagina and perforated her colon. She has been forced to undergo eight surgeries, and may need more in the future. The jury awarded Mrs. Scott $5 million for her injuries, and Mr. Scott $500,000 for loss of consortium with his wife. They also found C.R. Bard failed to design, test, or warn about the serious risks.
Christine Scott is not alone — many women were completely unaware of the risk of vaginal mesh complications before deciding to undergo this surgery. Many of these women also had no idea that vaginal mesh is designed to be a permanent implant, and when complications occur, surgeons often cannot completely remove the mesh or correct the complications. The devastating injuries may be permanent.
Complications of Vaginal Mesh
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that it is not clear that vaginal mesh is superior to non-mesh for treating POP and/or SUI. Despite the lack of clear advantages, experts know that vaginal mesh can cause severe, sometimes life-threatening complication. Potential complications include:
- Vaginal mesh erosion, which may perforate the vaginal wall
- Perforation of organ, blood vessels, bladder, intestines
- Vaginal disfigurement or shrinkage
- Pain (chronic or only during sexual intercourse)
- Contraction and/or hardening of vaginal mesh
- Nerve damage
- Recurrent prolapse or incontinence
- Need for revision surgery to remove defective part of the mesh or correct complications
- And more
West Virginia Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit
Lawsuits against the manufacturers of vaginal mesh are moving forward in West Virginia. The first bellwether trials in federal Multidistrict Litigations (MDLs) are scheduled for 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia before Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. This MDL involves manufacturers C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems, Johnson & Johnson, and Coloplast.
Need a lawyer? If you are a West Virginia resident who was injured by this defective medical device, you may still have time to join the litigation and file a West Virginia vaginal mesh lawsuit. Contact us today to speak with a West Virginia vaginal mesh lawyer.