Did you or a loved one suffer complications after getting a transvaginal mesh implant? Vaginal mesh medical devices are used to treat a number of different conditions, such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP), post-hysterectomy pelvic issues, and stress urinary incontinence. But a number of surgical mesh implants have been the subject of health and safety warnings issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and even recalls. Vaginal mesh has been found to cause serious health problems, such as organ perforation and organ/tissue erosion.
At the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A., our elite team of Orlando attorneys are available to represent you in your case against one of the many vaginal mesh manufacturers, including Boston Scientific Group, Coloplast Corp., C.R. Bard, Ethicon Inc./Johnson & Johnson, Cook Medical Inc. and American Medical Systems/Endo Health Solutions. Our lawyers will work to help you get compensation for your losses, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
If you’re in search of an experienced transvaginal mesh lawyer who will aggressively pursue your case to secure the compensation you deserve, then trust your case to the Florida attorneys of the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. Our legal team is currently available to discuss your case in a private, no-cost consultation session. But you must take action immediately because there is a statute of limitations that puts a cap on how long you have to take action.
Call the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. at 407-422-2188.
Common Questions About Transvaginal Mesh, MDL Proceedings and Product Liability Lawsuits for Dangerous Drugs
Transvaginal mesh has reportedly been linked to a vast range of serious health complications. Many patients claim that they were not properly warned about these potential complications. In fact, it was revealed through court proceedings that multiple transvaginal mesh devices were not tested in live humans, so the manufacturers were seemingly unaware of the organ and tissue damage that could occur as a result of normal movement.
Thousands of women have suffered ill effects from transvaginal mesh. Attorneys with the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. frequently receive questions concerning possible transvaginal mesh claims. The following is an overview of some of the more common questions posed to our legal team.
What are the Most Common Transvaginal Mesh Complications?
Once implanted, the complications from transvaginal mesh are many and varied. The two fairly common side effects are mesh erosion and organ perforation. Erosion occurs as a result of normal movements. The mesh moves against various structures in the pelvis, gradually rubbing away and “eroding” the organ or tissue. Some areas that are commonly affected include the bladder and the vaginal epithelium, depending upon the placement (determined by the condition that’s being treated) and the exact variety of surgical mesh.
Organ perforation can arise due to the “sawing” action that occurs from the movement against the edge of the mesh. In addition, an area of erosion can ultimately result in a perforation or hole when the mesh wears through the full thickness of the tissue.
The mesh erosion and perforations can result in chronic pain, nerve damage, bleeding, infection, neuromuscular issues, vaginal scarring and shrinkage due to the formation of scar tissue and painful intercourse. Many women also report emotional distress as a result of the chronic pain and the negative impact on their sex lives.
When a problem does arise from a surgical mesh implant, a revision surgery may be required to remove the mesh. This can result in added complications due to the difficulty of removing the mesh. The vaginal mesh can become fused and entangled with tissues and blood vessels in the pelvis. Other options may involve trimming problematic areas of mesh or using a special estrogen cream to promote healing.
How Much Can I Expect to Recover Via a Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit?
Transvaginal mesh lawsuits vary quite significantly in terms of how much money is recovered. This is due to the unique nature of each case. A woman who suffered temporary discomfort but sustained no long-term damage may receive considerably less than a woman who had to undergo multiple revision surgeries and is suffering permanent effects from the vaginal mesh implant.
There have been some very significant jury awards in transvaginal mesh lawsuits. One woman, named Linda Gross, had to undergo a total of 18 revision surgeries. She was awarded more than $11 million.
Another woman who filed a surgical mesh lawsuit received a $100 million jury verdict, although a judge ultimately reduced that award to $10 million.
Those awards are at the higher end of the spectrum. A woman who suffers fairly mild complications may receive a settlement or jury award totaling tens of thousands of dollars. It all depends on upon the nature and severity of the complications. Each case is unique. Your transvaginal mesh lawyer will work with you to understand your case and the circumstances surrounding your situation.
Your attorney will evaluate your medical bills and other health-related expenses, along with your pain and suffering, the amount of income lost due to missed work (or an inability to work) and other factors, such as the impact on your ability to have intercourse and whether you are suffering from long-term or permanent health effects. All of these factors will be considered in order to determine an appropriate dollar figure for your lawsuit.
What Are Transvaginal Mesh MDLs?
There are a number of multi-district litigation (MDL) cases underway against several transvaginal mesh manufacturers. Judge Joseph R. Goodwin is presiding over six MDLs in the federal court in the Southern District of West Virginia.
Multiple product liability cases may be clumped together to form an MDL case. MDLs serve as a time-efficient and cost-effective option for handling pre-trial proceedings, such as discovery. This type of proceeding is used to handle multiple cases that share significant commonalities. Cases may proceed to trial individually or the defendant may opt to settle some or all of the cases out of court to avoid trial. The defendant’s course of action is often based, in part, upon the outcome of MDL Bellwether trials. Bellwether trials serve as “test” trials that provide the defendant and the plaintiffs with a better feel for the general viability of the MDL cases.
How Much Will It Cost to Get a Florida Lawyer to Handle My Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit?
The Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. usually accepts this type of case on a contingency basis. This means that the client does not pay out-of-pocket. Instead, the client agrees to provide their lawyer with a portion of the funds that are recovered in a settlement or jury award.
Turn to Our Experienced Orlando Attorneys for Help With Your Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit
At the Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A., we take great pride in our client-centric approach to practicing law. We believe that the client comes first and foremost, so we work to protect your interests, while also ensuring that you’re comfortable and informed throughout the entire process. Many are unfamiliar with legal proceedings, but the legal team at our highly-respected Florida law firm will guide you through the process from consultation to verdict (or settlement.)
In addition to handling defective medical device cases and claims for dangerous drugs, our attorneys also handle a variety of other cases, such as medical malpractice cases, personal injury lawsuits and wrongful death claims.
If you have been a victim of transvaginal mesh complications, you must take action immediately. The law limits the amount of time you have to file a claim, so if you delay, you could miss out on your chance at finding justice.
The Law Office of Hogan & Hogan, P.A. has an experienced team of Orlando lawyers who are available to discuss your case in a free, confidential case evaluation session. Call 407-422-2188.