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Transvaginal Mesh Trials Begin on Several Fronts

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01/15/2013 - The first transvaginal mesh multi-district litigation (MDL) case is set for trial on February 5, 2013 and names American Medical Systems as defendant. The case is to be tried before the U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin who is overseeing five transvaginal mesh MDLs. Meanwhile, the first trial of 1,800 state transvaginal mesh lawsuits began with jury selection on January 10, 2013 in the Superior Court of Atlantic County, NJ. This case, against Johnson & Johnson involves the discontinued Gynecare Prolift. Other MDL transvaginal mesh cases are scheduled to start in December 2013.

Nearly 300,000 women received transvaginal mesh implants and/or bladder slings in 2010 alone as they were a popular treatment for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence. (SUI) Traditionally, these problems were treated with surgery using the patient’s own tissue to support the organs. Although the medical community quickly touted transvaginal mesh implants as a low-risk breakthrough, the FDA states that, “it is not clear that transvaginal POP repair with mesh is more effective that traditional non-mesh repair in all patients with POP and the treatment, “may expose patients to greater risks.” Such risks include: erosion and extrusion of the mesh through vaginal tissue, perforation of pelvic organs bowels and blood vessels, vaginal bleeding and scarring, pelvic pain, particularly during intercourse, chronic infections and urinary incontinence. Unfortunately, for many women there is virtually no way to undo the harm caused by the mesh. Multiple surgeries may be required to attempt to remove the mesh and often it cannot be totally removed as it imbeds itself into the muscle and surrounding tissue.

In July 2011 the FDA issued a public safety warning regarding these products. At least 10 percent of women implanted with transvaginal mesh experience severe complications within the first year of the surgery. Many require multiple surgeries to remove and/or repair internal damage caused by the mesh. Such complications have led hundreds of women to file suits against the multiple manufactures of mesh products claiming insufficient testing and studies were performed prior to approval by the FDA. Some of the primary manufacturers of these defective products are:

American Medical Systems: Elevate, Apogee, Perigee
Boston Scientific: Pinnacle, Uphold
Caldera Medical: Ascend Anterior, Ascend Posterior
Johnson & Johnson: Gynecare Prolift, Gynecare Prosima, Gynecare TVT, ObTape
C.R. Bard, Inc.: Avaulta, Pelvisoft, BioMesh, Pelvilace, Pelvitex, Pelivicol Acellular Collagen Matrix

As there are hundreds of women across the country who have filed similar lawsuits based on the damages caused by transvaginal mesh, the multidistrict litigation judicial panel transferred the cases filed in various federal courts across the country to one court, the U.S.District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia to help process these claims more efficiently. The Honorable Judge Joseph R. Goodwin has been assigned to handle the litigation involving the following defendants: American Medical Systems, Inc. (MDL No. 2325), Boston Scientific Corp. (MDL No. 2326), C.R. Bard, Inc., ( MDL No. 2187), Ethicon, Inc (MDL No. 2327) and Coloplast (MDL No. 2387). A sixth MDL was established for claims against Johnson & Johnson pertaining to the defective Mentor ObTape in the U.S. district Court for the Middle District of Georgia before Judge Clay D. Land. Additionally, there are hundreds of state court claims pending in New Jersey against Johnson & Johnson involving the Gynecare Prolift.

Who may qualify for compensation for a mesh related claim?

Women who have suffered significant injuries following a transvaginal mesh implant may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. The merits of your case are based upon several factors including when your mesh product was implanted, how soon afterword you suffered side effects, the types of injuries sustained, the types of warnings you received prior to surgery and the technique used by the surgeon.

How to Hire a Vaginal Mesh Attorney

Hiring an attorney is not a difficult or expensive experience. Attorneys handling personal injury litigation as described above work on a contingency fee agreement. This means the attorney receives a percentage of the recovery received in the litigation. If there is no recovery by the client, there are no fees or costs charged to the client. Consultations to determine whether a client has a case are also free.

Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit

If you or a loved one have suffered or been injured by an transvaginal mesh implant you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the vaginal mesh Lawsuit attorneys of Ennis & Ennis today for a free confidential case evaluation. Our lawyers are standing by to answer any questions you may have regarding your transvaginal mesh injury or a possible vaginal mesh class action lawsuit. Call us toll-free at: 1.800.856.6405 or fill out the free case evaluation form on this page.

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