Who Is Liable in a Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit?

In 2007, Dr. Cheryl Iglesia, a urogynecologist in Washington, D.C., had arranged funding for a clinical trial to compare the safety and efficacy of transvaginal mesh (TVM) versus traditional abdominal surgery in treating pelvic organ prolapse, a common condition in older women. The trial was halted in 2009 when it became apparent that the mesh was causing serious complications and was not more effective than older surgical techniques. While this trial was underway, thousands of women were getting transvaginal mesh implants. Many of them are now consulting with transvaginal mesh lawyers with questions about recovering damages for their subsequent injuries.

Women who are suffering from mesh erosion, pain, infections and organ damage after getting transvaginal mesh implants often cannot believe that these products went on the market without any clinical trials to test their safety. Unlike drugs, only a small percentage of medical devices are tested. Many are approved as 510(k) products, if the manufacturer can show that the new item is similar to a device already in use. The problem with regulating medical devices is compounded by the fact that trials of surgical techniques, such as the one Dr. Iglesia attempted, are expensive — and the results do not necessarily translate into higher product sales.

Determining liability in TVM lawsuits is not simple. If you have complications following TVM surgery, your chances of getting adequate compensation will be greater if you have Chicago transvaginal mesh attorneys who are knowledgeable about defective device liability as well as medical malpractice.

Do not wait to contact Phillips Law Offices to discuss your case, since there are time limits for bringing a TVM lawsuit. We will ensure that your claim is filed correctly and will put all our resources at your service.