Holding Negligent Parties Responsible for Transvaginal Mesh Defects

Until recently, the treatment options for women suffering from severe prolapsed uterus were limited to hysterectomy, surgically securing the organ using ligaments, or attaching it to stronger pelvic tissue. Surgical mesh products offered a promising alternative for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) repair. Devices that could be introduced transvaginally seemed to be even better — until women began to have horrendous, often irreversible complications. Mesh attorneys handling injury lawsuits on behalf of these women soon realized that the responsibility for the high rate of injuries and serious side effects was often shared by many parties.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warnings about transvaginal mesh (TVM) products, and has requested more rigorous testing of the safety of existing products. Individual and class action lawsuits, however, seem to be putting pressure on manufacturers of these devices. A lawsuit against Ethicon, a satellite company of Johnson & Johnson, charged them with negligence and defective product design. The product in question had “arms” that sometimes penetrated through other parts of the pelvis. In other cases, doctors had attached these arms too tightly, causing the mesh to contract and cause pain.

These transvaginal mesh side effects are all too common. According to recent FDA data, TMV adverse events involved:

  • Erosion (35 percent)
  • Pain (31 percent)
  • Infection (16 percent)
  • Bleeding (8 percent)

Many women must have multiple revision surgeries in an attempt to alleviate these debilitating side effects of their TMV implants.

The attorneys at Phillips Law Offices work hard to ensure clients who suffer harm when a defective medical device is allowed on the market get compensation from the responsible parties. Contact us if you have serious complications from your TVM surgery.