Vaginal Mesh Injury 2018 Update. As the tumultuous year of 2017 recedes into the trash can of history, becoming a mere memory, I am providing this timely update regarding the status of Vaginal Mesh Injury claims.
Over 200,000 Vaginal Mesh Injury claims
There have been over 200,000 injury claims over the use of vaginal mesh nationwide in both federal and state court actions. We have been involved in this product liability litigation in no small part over the past six years.
And we continue to get inquiries from injured women who have been implanted with these mesh devices for treatment of their stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse.
Case in point, earlier in 2017 a woman reached out to us requesting help to deal with the injuries caused by the plastic mesh device. Ms. Smith (name changed to protect identity) had undergone vaginal mesh treatment for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in 2007. She had a hysterectomy for the pelvic organ prolapse but had developed severe urinary incontinence as a complication.
Over the next ten years, she suffered from vaginal mesh complications, including frequent bladder infections, mesh erosion and incapacitating pelvic pain. Finally, after trying multiple rounds of conservative therapies she underwent invasive surgery to remove the disintegrating plastic mesh and have complicated pelvic reconstructive surgery.
Vaginal Mesh Injury 2018 Update
The plastic surgical vaginal mesh is linked to serious design defects causing devastating complications including recurrent infections, mesh erosion into the vagina and vital organ perforation.
The Vaginal Mesh litigation had been brewing since 2010, and the number of injury claims exploded in 2011 when the FDA announced that it had received thousands of adverse event reports involving injury complications with vaginal mesh products between 2008 and 2010.
FDA “No Evidence of Additional Benefit”
The FDA has found that there was no evidence that transvaginal mesh provides any additional benefits when compared to more traditional surgery for treatment of pelvic organ prolapse.
In 2012, the FDA sent a letter to the mesh manufacturers, ordering that they conduct additional studies and trials to evaluate the safety of transvaginal mesh devices and determine if they pose an unreasonable risk of injury for women.
Faced with the intense medical trial scrutiny, many mesh manufacturers elected to stop making the devices to avoid the need to spend money studying the safety of products they have sold for years. Obviously, they knew or should have known that the devices were of limited benefit and exposed the patients to major complications.
Vaginal Mesh Settlements
Following litigation over the past six years, different manufacturers have reached vaginal mesh settlements to dismiss groups of claims involving side effects with plastic vaginal mesh products made by Endo’s AMS, C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, Coloplast, Ethicon and others.
If you think you may have a Vaginal Mesh or bladder sling and are experiencing pain, recurrent infections, perforation caused by mesh erosion or have suffered a full revision and emergency care, please call Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm at 888-210-9693.
Shezad Malik is an Internal Medicine and Cardiology specialist, a Texas Medical Doctor (retired) and Defective Medical Device and Dangerous Drug Attorney. Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm has offices based in Fort Worth and Dallas and represents people who have suffered catastrophic and serious personal injuries including wrongful death, caused by the negligence or recklessness of others.