Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Information Center
March 2013 Update: A New Jersey jury has awarded more than $11 million in damages to the plaintiff in an Ethicon mesh lawsuit. This was the first Ethicon mesh lawsuit to go to trial in the U.S.
After suffering crippling injuries, including chronic pain, infections, organ damage, and scarring, allegedly associated with the use of pelvic mesh in the surgical repair of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, thousands of women have filed transvaginal mesh lawsuit claims.This is not surprising, given that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has tallied some 3,800 reports of transvaginal mesh devices associated with the use of these devices. Yet in spite of the mounting injury reports and litigation, the FDA has yet to order a vaginal mesh recall for any pelvic mesh product currently on the market. However, several companies, including Ethicon and C.R. Bard, have opted to stop selling certain devices.
This is not surprising, given that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has tallied some 3,800 reports of transvaginal mesh devices associated with the use of these devices. The transvaginal mesh lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are actively filing lawsuits in several major pelvic mesh litigations, and continue to offer free legal evaluations to the victims of vaginal mesh injuries. If the quality of your life has been diminished because of transvaginal mesh, our vaginal mesh lawyers can help you file a case seeking compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and other damages. Please contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP today for answers to all of your questions, and to learn more about filing your own transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The Firm can be reached directly at .
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits Are Mounting
Women who suffered serious injuries following implantation of pelvic mesh may be eligible to file a vaginal mesh lawsuit seeking compensation for their injuries. The mesh lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are actively filing claims in four litigations underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, involving pelvic mesh devices manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc., Boston Scientific Corp., C.R. Bard, Inc. and Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, Inc. subsidiary. Bernstein Liebhard LLP partner, Jeffrey Grand, is serving on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committees in all of these federal litigations. The Firm is also involved in two consolidated proceedings underway in New Jersey Superior Court, Atlantic County involving products manufactured by Ethicon and C.R. Bard. Mr. Grand is serving as Co-Liaison Counsel in both these litigations.
Recoveries in vaginal mesh lawsuits can be significant. In March 2013, A New Jersey jury awarded more than $11 million in damages to the plaintiff in the first Ethicon mesh lawsuit to head to trial in the U.S. This verdict was reached a month after the Plaintiff originally received $3.5 million in compensatory damages. The previous summer, a trial in California state court involving a C.R. Bard product ended with a $5.5 million jury award for the victim and her husband.
Vaginal mesh lawsuits pending in state and federal proceedings in the U.S. are continuing to move forward. As of July 2013, more than 8,460 cases were pending in the federal Ethicon mesh proceeding. The first round of bellwether trials in the litigation is scheduled to begin on January 14, 2014 in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, with the second round to follow on May 27, 2014. (In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation – MDL No. 2327)
These transvaginal mesh lawsuit claims allege infection, organ damage, mesh erosion, chronic pain, recurrence of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) as well as other vaginal mesh complications. Between the federal transvaginal mesh proceedings currently underway in the Southern District of West Virginia, it is estimated that as many as 20,000 lawsuits involving products from Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit, American Medical Systems, C.R. Bard Inc. Boston Scientific and other companies had been filed as of July.
Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Claims May Cost Millions
In June 2013, a report from Bloomberg.com revealed that Endo Healthcare Pharmaceuticals agreed to pay almost $55 million to settle claims involving its Perigee, Apogee and Elevate transvaginal mesh implants. However, the article stated that those settlements were only a small fraction of the thousands of mesh lawsuit claims that had been filed against Endo and its subsidiary, American Medical Systems.
The federal litigation of lawsuits involving products from American Medical Systems is also moving forward, with the first four lawsuits recently selected for the litigation’s first round of bellwether trials. According to a Pretrial Order issued July 1st in the Southern District of West Virginia, the first trial is set to begin on December 3, 2013.
Transvaginal Mesh Manufacturers
Pelvic mesh devices used in transvaginal surgeries are manufactured by a number of companies. The transvaginal mesh lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are currently investigating claims on behalf of women implanted with the following devices:
American Medical Systems Inc.:
- Apogee Vault Suspension System
- Elevate Prolapse Repair System
- Monarc Sling System
- Perigee System
- Sparc Sling System
Boston Scientific Corp.:
- Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit
- Uphold Vaginal Support System
- Advantage Fit Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System
- Obtryx Transobturator Mid-Urethral Sling
- Solynx SIS Vaginal Sling System
- Prefyx PPS Pelvic Sling System
- Lynx Suprapublic Mid-Urethral Sling System
C.R. Bard Inc. Avaulta Mesh Products:
- Avaulta Plus BioSynthetic Support System
- Avaulta Solo Synthetic Support System
- Faslata Allograft
- Pelvicol Tissue
- PelviSoft Biomesh
- Pelvitex Polypropylene Mesh
Ethicon Inc. Gyencare Pelvic Mesh Products:
- Gynecare Prolift Pelvic Mesh
- Gynecare Prosima Pelvic Mesh
- Gynecare Gynemesh
- Prolene Mesh
- Gynecare TVT Sling
Most of these devices were approved via the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) 510K program, which does not require human testing. The FDA is currently considering a proposal to reclassify transvaginal mesh products used in pelvic prolapse repair as high-risk medical devices. Doing so would make the products ineligible for 510(k) approvals.
Injuries Resulting from Transvaginal Mesh
In 2008, the FDA issued a safety alert concerning serious complications associated with transvaginal mesh devices. Then in 2011, the agency warned that there had been a five-fold increase in reports of serious complications associated with the use of vaginal mesh. The FDA also modified its previous position on the frequency of such complications, stating in the alert that vaginal mesh injuries associated with pelvic organ prolapse repair were not rare. According to the agency, injuries resulting from vaginal mesh may include:
- Mesh erosion
- Urinary problems
- Recurrence of prolapse and/or incontinence.
- Bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation
- Vaginal scarring
- Pain during sexual intercourse
For women who may have experienced mesh erosion, the end result can be particularly damaging if the mesh erodes to the point that it extrudes outside of the vaginal opening.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from mesh erosion:
- Vaginal discharge
- Vaginal pain and bleeding
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Recurrent bladder infections
- Generalized pain
If mesh erosion is left untreated, damage to the bladder or bowel, abscesses, or fistulas may ensue. Women may also suffer complications associated with organ perforation, which may also involve the urethra, colon or vagina. In the FDA’s 2011 Safety Commission, the agency warned of seven deaths that occurred in women who underwent mesh procedures, two of which involved perforated organs.
Filing a Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit
If you are among the thousands of women who have suffered serious complications related to pelvic mesh, filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit could enable you to obtain the compensation needed to cover:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
The vaginal mesh lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are already representing numerous women in transvaginal mesh lawsuits, and understand what you are going through. They can evaluate your case for free, and give you sound advice on the best way to proceed. To learn more about filing your own vaginal mesh lawsuit, please give Bernstein Liebhard LLP a call at to speak with an attorney today.