Articles Posted in Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit

Resolution Comes in Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit CasesThe sizable number of lawsuits filed against Endo International is to be resolved with approximately $830 million. The women filing these lawsuits have claimed injury caused by vaginal mesh implants made by the company. This new large batch of resolved vaginal mesh lawsuits comes on the heels of the sizable number of cases that were concluded last year by the company. In those settlements, Endo paid out $54 million to lawsuit plaintiffs.

For years, vaginal and transvaginal mesh litigation has been considered one of the nation’s biggest medical mass tort legal issues involving tens of thousands of cases. Once considered a safe medical device, the vaginal mesh began having complications early on. By July 2011, the U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) issued a medical device warning to consumers that there was a potential risk associated with using transvaginal and vaginal mesh products including those manufactured by Endo International, Ethicon, Johnson & Johnson and others.

In early 2014, the FDA announced that it would seek to reclassify many common vaginal mesh devices from its current Class II status to a higher risk Class III status. The reclassification of the device requires manufacturers of the mesh to submit proof of the efficacy and safety of their offered prolapse repair mesh devices before allowing them to be purchased in the medical marketplace. Continue reading ›

pelvic mesh complication lawsuitThousands of lawsuits are pending for the harm and injuries that have been caused by the use of vaginal mesh or slings in the treatment of female reproductive issues. The first verdict against one maker of vaginal mesh, Johnson & Johnson, awarded a woman in a New Jersey court a $3.35 million compensatory award. In addition, the company was also instructed to pay another $7.76 million in punitive damages, for a grand total of $11.1 million.  This landmark case and the large verdict gave a glimpse into the severity of the damage caused by these implants.

Is Such A Large Verdict Justified?

Linda Gross is the 47-year old former nurse from South Dakota that was awarded the first large award in a vaginal mesh case. She first had the mesh implanted in 2006 to give support to weakened pelvis muscles. She has complained of severe pain that has plagued her for years since the implant. Since receiving the vaginal mesh, she has had 18 surgeries to try and fix the damage that the mesh had caused.

Linda is just one of many woman suffering from these devices. Over 4,000 lawsuits have been filed, many claiming the same issues as Linda. The verdict was high due to the fact that the jury found that Johnson & Johnson failed to inform her surgeon of the risks involved with the implant and that Linda was fraudulently misled about possible health risks of the mesh.

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Bladder Sling and Vaginal Mesh CasesBecause of problems caused by Bard Avaulta and Gynecare Prolift vaginal mesh insertions and systems, our lawyers are investigating bladder slings and vaginal mesh lawsuits. These products are made by C. R. Bard and Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson.

Bladder Slings and Vaginal Mesh

Several medical companies manufactured a synthetic sling to use to support prolapsed organs. The mesh is implanted to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and trans-vaginal organ prolapse (POP).