Pelvic mesh, an implant used to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, has injured thousands of women. Several manufacturers are now facing more than 10,000 lawsuits alleging that they were negligent for failing to warn about the risk of devastating pelvic mesh complications. These complications may include infection, chronic pelvic pain, organ damage, and excision surgery to remove the mesh.
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Lawsuit Settlements for Pelvic Mesh Complications
If you were injured by pelvic mesh complications, you are not alone. If you decide to file a lawsuit for your injuries, you could be awarded a substantial sum in compensation and punitive damages. With more than 10,000 lawsuits currently pending against several manufacturers, it is likely that any collective settlement could involve billions of dollars.
The first pelvic mesh lawsuit to go before a jury was awarded $5.5 million in July 2012. The plaintiff suffered complications including chronic pain, incontinence, and an inability to engage in sexual intercourse. She alleges that she was told complications could be reversed if the implant was removed. Instead, the permanent implant could not be removed, she required eight corrective surgeries, and still suffers from permanent complications.
More recently, in March 2013, a woman was awarded $11.1 million. She filed a lawsuit after her pelvic mesh led to a variety of complications, including erosion, scar tissue, inflammation, and “neurologic compromise to … structures and tissue.” She required more than 18 medical procedures to correct pelvic mesh complications.
FDA Warnings for Pelvic Mesh Complications
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a series of Safety Communications to increase awareness about the risk of pelvic mesh complications. In July 2011, the FDA warned:
“Serious complications associated with surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of POP are not rare. … Furthermore, it is not clear that transvaginal POP repair with mesh is more effective than traditional non-mesh repair in all patients with POP and it may expose patients to greater risk.”
Pelvic Mesh Complications
The most common and consistently-reported pelvic mesh complication is erosion of the mesh. Erosion occurs when the mesh contracts, shrinks, or is rejected by a woman’s body. Over time, the rough edges of the mesh material can slice into organs or become exposed inside the vagina. The complication is most likely to occur in younger patients who engage in sexual activity. It occurs both with synthetic (non-absorbable) pelvic mesh and biological (absorbable) mesh.
Pelvic mesh complications can include:
- Erosion of the mesh into organs or through the vaginal wall
- Exposure of the mesh inside the vagina
- Infection (including recurrent urinary tract infections)
- Pelvic pain
- Pain that interferes with sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
- Organ damage (intestines, bladder, uterus, vagina, etc.)
- Bowel perforation
- Damage to urethra, ureters
- Recurrent prolapse or incontinence
- Urinary problems
- Nerve and muscular damage
- Pelvic mesh contraction or shrinkage
- Complications of surgery
- Additional surgery (excision surgery)
- And more
Do I Have a Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in pelvic mesh lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new lawsuits in all 50 states.
Free Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by pelvic mesh complications, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.