Questions about the safety of transvaginal mesh have been around for a long time but the number of victims who have come forward in transvaginal mesh lawsuits are almost entirely female.
However, because erosion of transvaginal mesh can cause fragments to protrude through the vagina a woman’s sexual partner can be vulnerable to suffering serious injuries to his penis. Aside from the initial pain a hematoma may form and the urethra may be damaged.
There have been so many incidents of transvaginal mesh injuries among women, however, that nearly 36,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits from across the country have been consolidated before a federal judge in West Virginia. Ethicon, Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, American Medical Systems, Coloplast Corp., Cook Medical, and Mentor Corp. are among the defendants.
From these case the judge has selected several bellwether trials in which attorneys for the plaintiffs and those for several transvaginal mesh manufacturers will be testing the strengths and weaknesses of their cases.
The next bellwether trial is scheduled to being next month in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
This case was selected from thousands of lawsuits filed against Bard over claims that the company’s transvaginal mesh products were defectively designed and they suffered mesh erosion, chronic pain, infections, and other complications.
In an earlier bellwether case involving C.R. Bard’s Avaulta transvaginal mesh, a jury awarded $2 million in damages to a woman who claimed that she suffered serious health problems from the product.
The $2 million in damages was awarded to a Georgia nurse who claimed that a Bard Avaulta Plus mesh implant she had in 2009 was defective and caused her to suffer serious health problems, including several corrective surgeries, according to the court file.
The jury awarded the woman $250,000 in compensatory damages and $1.75 million in punitive damages, according to the court file in the case.
The lawsuits in the multidistrict litigation share allegations that mesh products that were implanted in women’s bodies to treat pelvic organ prolapse or incontinence failed and caused them to suffer serious side effects, including infections, organ damage, vaginal pain and other health problems.
Bloomberg News has reported that settlement discussions are underway involving manufacturers C.R. Bard, Endo Health Solutions, Boston Scientific and two other companies.
“Lawyers for Bard, Endo Health Solutions Inc., Boston Scientific Corp. and two other companies making vaginal inserts to support women’s pelvic muscles and treat incontinence have begun talks about settling all suits over their products, the people familiar with the matter said,” according to the report. “Johnson & Johnson, which also faces suits over the inserts, isn’t involved in the talks, said the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly.”
The Food and Drug Administration in 2011 reported some disturbing statistics involving mesh:
“The FDA conducted a search of the Manufacturer and User Device Experience (MAUDE) database for medical device reports (MDRs) of adverse events associated with all urogynecologic surgical mesh products received from January 1, 2005 – December 31, 2010. The search identified 3,979 reports of injury, death, and malfunction. Among the 3,979 reports, 2,874 reports were received in the last 3 years (January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2010), and included 1,503 reports associated with POP repairs and 1,371 associated with SUI repairs. The number of MDRs associated with POP repairs increased by more than 5-fold compared to the number of reports received in the previous 3 years (January 1, 2005 – December 31, 2007).”
Male or female victims of mesh implants have rights, visit this page for legal help: http://www.resource4thepeople.com/defectivemedicaldevices/transvaginal-mesh-lawsuit.html