Transvaginal mesh is a product used by women to relieve pain as well as alleviate bowel and bladder issues associated with conditions like pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
Broughton Partners connects defective medical device attorneys immediately with potential plaintiffs when they are most likely to need legal help – while searching online for legal information related to transvaginal mesh injuries. Victims are looking to hire transvaginal mesh lawyers to get compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and their pain and suffering. Your law firm can get transvaginal mesh lawsuit leads delivered with relevant case documents by contacting our team at (912)-304-4444 or fill out a quick online form to get in touch.
Common Vaginal Mesh Products
Transvaginal mesh is used for women who suffer from Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) or Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). These are characterized by the dropping of the bladder, uterus, bowel and/or rectum of a woman, resulting in the organ pushing against the wall of the woman’s vagina. This usually occurs in women who have had vaginal births or have undergone surgeries that cause their pelvic muscles to lose strength.
Mesh products were produced in order to relieve pain as well as to alleviate bowel and bladder issues associated with POP and SUI.
It’s important to note that there are a number of vaginal products that have been promoted and sold to hospitals, medical staff, and facilities, with some of these items potentially causing serious personal injury.
The list includes:
- Tyco IVS Tunneller
- Gynecare Prolift
- Prolift mtm
- Tvt Secure
- Caldera T-Sling
- Caldera Desara Pelvis Mesh
- Bard Pelvisoft
- Bard Pelvilace
Broughton Partners will be examining transvaginal mesh lawsuit leads that involve one of the above mesh products, however as more defective device reports are released, there may be other vaginal mesh products that cause injuries.
FDA Transvaginal Mesh Warnings
In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its first warning about transvaginal mesh complications. The public health notification was released following thousands of reports of transvaginal mesh complications received by the agency over a three year period. The FDA mesh warnings described complications that included mesh erosion, pain, infection and more.
Following the public health notification in 2008, the FDA issued a report on July 13, 2011, with the following warnings:
- Complications with transvaginal mesh are not rare.
- There is no evidence that procedures involving mesh repair are more effective than non-mesh procedures.
- The use of transvaginal mesh exposes patients to more unnecessary risk.
Despite FDA mesh warnings in 2008, manufacturers have continued to produce these products and put women at risk of serious side effects. Between 2008 and 2010, the agency received more than 1,500 reports of mesh complications – five times as many as were received between 2005 and 2007. It was not until April 2019 that the FDA finally decided to pull all transvaginal mesh products off the market.
The FDA Halts Sale of Transvaginal Mesh
On April 16, 2019, the FDA ordered all manufacturers of surgical mesh intended for transvaginal repair of anterior compartment prolapse (cystocele) to stop selling and distributing their products immediately. The FDA’s decision states that the remaining companies in the marketplace have failed to demonstrate that the product is safe for long-term use. In this decision, the FDA stated that women who already had the product implanted did not need to have it removed, but should monitor for potential future injuries. According to the FDA, women should continue with annual checkups.
In light of recent recalls of surgical mesh devices, more women will be looking to file lawsuits against manufacturers of defective mesh implants. By working with Broughton Partners, your firm can gain a competitive advantage and receive more case-ready transvaginal mesh lawsuit leads.
Transvaginal Mesh Complications
Vaginal mesh implants have been linked with many dangerous side effects. Another type of mesh for hernias has been used since the 1950s but it has been alleged to shift in the patient’s body or cause infection, resulting in tens of thousands of lawsuits. Transvaginal mesh devices cause similar infections and experience similar shifting within the body, which can cause injuries and complications that are even more pronounced than experienced with hernia mesh devices.
Reports of possible vaginal mesh complications began to originate in the early part of the century. By 2008, there were nearly 1,000 reports of injuries caused by transvaginal mesh complications suffered by women who had received the mesh implant. This began to result in the public recognizing the issues caused by the mesh product and as a result, claims against the makers of these products.
Specifically, the report stated that pelvic mesh caused several different side effects and complications. Each of these vaginal mesh side effects is dangerous and can escalate into serious problems. Transvaginal mesh reports show the following side effects and injuries in women:
- Transvaginal Mesh Erosion – After a period of time, the mesh degrades. This means that the mesh can fail, or the eroding mesh material can cause harm elsewhere in the body.
- Organ Perforation – The mesh can shift position. When it does that, it can come into contact with other organs and damage them to the point of perforation.
- Infection – The mesh is made out of material claimed to be inert, but in some instances, it can be the site of reactions
- Pain During Intercourse – The mesh can still be felt in the body
- Bleeding – The implant can irritate and rub against organs, causing bleeding.
The above complications and injuries are among the case criteria that the Broughton Partners team will be questioning the potential transvaginal mesh lawsuit leads about. Plaintiffs must be injured by the vaginal mesh device somehow in order to qualify as an eligible lawsuit.
Transvaginal Mesh Device Statistics
Estimated rates of transvaginal mesh complications from the procedure range from 10 percent to as high as 40 percent. Many of the vaginal mesh complications are debilitating and can cause lasting harm, but many of these side effects are not life-threatening. However, there were media reports in the United Kingdom about a woman who died from sepsis resulting from an infection caused by a transvaginal mesh implant. There were also reports of seven deaths between 2008 and 2010. By 2016, the FDA had changed its classification of transvaginal mesh to high-risk and recently on April 16th, 2019, the FDA halted all sales of Transvaginal Mesh Products.
- During the period from 2005 to 2010, there were over 4,000 reports of complications arising from the use of transvaginal mesh devices.
- By 2008, the FDA released a statement warning of potential complications but asserted that these complications were rare.
- 75,000 transvaginal mesh surgeries were performed in 2010 and 10% of those implanted with the devices reported complications.
These vaginal mesh statistics show that a daunting number of women have been affected by this defective medical device since 2005. There will continue to be women who are unaware of the dangers of transvaginal mesh and these women will need a personal injury attorney to advise them on what steps they can take to receive the compensation they deserve. Broughton Partners wants to help these victims get connected with law firms such as yours so they can begin their fight for justice.
Female Patients Are Filing Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Women who have been harmed by transvaginal mesh complications will be looking to file lawsuits against the company that made the product. Plaintiffs will want to receive the following:
- Compensation for pain and suffering
- Reimbursements for past and future medical bills
- Lost wages if surgical mesh complications caused missed work
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages against the manufacturer if there was an element of misconduct
As of January 2018, there have been approximately 73,000 product liability claims that have been filed against those who have manufactured or sold transvaginal mesh products. The number of pelvic mesh lawsuits continues to grow as more recipients of transvaginal mesh experience complications and injury.
The statute of limitations begins from the time a recipient of the device knew or should have known that they were injured. It does not begin with the date that the mesh was implanted. As a result, those who have received the mesh, even many years ago, can still file suit so long as the injury did not occur until the applicable period of limitation. Given that this device is a figurative, “ticking time bomb” implanted in a woman’s body, it is likely that injuries will continue to occur and the number of transvaginal mesh lawsuits will continue to increase in the future.
Your law firm still has the opportunity to help victims of these defective mesh implants hold the responsible manufacturers responsible and bring awareness to this nationwide dilemma. The statute of limitations for these cases allows women to file a claim years after they have had their surgery. Broughton Partners has the resources and expertise to find the transvaginal mesh lawsuit leads your law firm wants.
Transvaginal Mesh Settlements
Several of the manufacturers of this product elected to enter into a settlement of the claims that have been filed against them. Endo International plc, the company that purchased the original manufacturer of transvaginal mesh, settled the claims against transvaginal mesh for $2.6 billion. The company agreed to cease making and selling the product. Additionally, several other smaller manufacturers, including Coloplast, have settled their cases.
Some of the larger manufacturers have attempted to fight the cases brought against them in court. For example, Johnson & Johnson, who sells vaginal mesh products through its Ethicon subsidiary, sustained several large jury verdicts against it. Johnson & Johnson has settled thousands of cases against the mesh implant and has had jury verdicts as large as $35 million. Boston Scientific, another maker of transvaginal mesh products, had a $100 million verdict, which was later reduced to $10 million.
What Transvaginal Mesh Claims Will Broughton Partners Be Examining?
Broughton Partners will only deliver quality transvaginal mesh lawsuit leads that are pre-qualified and match the case criteria specified by your law firm. Our team of trained specialists will be examining the eligibility of cases and whether or not a patient’s claim qualifies for a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. Our case intake system is built upon unique parameters and algorithms that allow us to dynamically improve case quality and conversion. We do this by running potential plaintiffs through specialized questions and a qualification process based on your law firm’s desired criteria. The transvaginal mesh lawsuit leads that your law firm will receive will be questioned and examined to ensure that they are quality retained plaintiffs.
Surgical mesh lawsuits are categorized as product liability claims against the transvaginal mesh manufacturer. A vaginal mesh lawsuit will have to show that the product was defective in some way and that the plaintiff suffered harm from the transvaginal mesh. Broughton Partners will evaluate transvaginal mesh lawsuit leads based on the following claims:
- The product was defective and the manufacturer should be held liable for the harm suffered under all circumstances.
- Transvaginal mesh was defectively designed, causing it to either shift or degrade.
- The product was defectively manufactured, causing complications that women suffered.
- The makers of this product knew or should have known of the side effects, yet they failed to warn patients before they were implanted in their bodies.
- The defendants were negligent in designing and making the product.
- Transvaginal meshes violated warranties by not working for their intended purposes, which was to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
How Are Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Leads Acquired?
Our team begins by tracking transvaginal mesh lawsuit leads online with our innovative case-acquisition platform as soon as potential plaintiffs show interest or after they call. This system is constantly optimized for the best results and to ensure only qualified leads are being delivered to law firms.
We have our very own in-house call center that is staffed 24 hours by multi-lingual specialists. Each potential case is examined by our in-house call center via customized questions and a qualification process that is based on your law firm’s case criteria.
When our team finds qualified transvaginal mesh lawsuit leads, we then gather case documents that your law firm would need to start working the cases right away.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Case Generation Services
A majority of potential claimants are searching for transvaginal mesh injury attorneys online. Your law firm will be one among hundreds of other law firms that these claimants will see during their initial research. In order to connect with transvaginal mesh victims, your law firm is going to need pre-qualified leads. We consider the transvaginal mesh lawsuit leads that we provide to be legitimate cases with real victims who need legal help.
Broughton Partners will work closely with you to find and deliver your law firm new transvaginal mesh lawsuit leads. These leads are fully vetted and pre-qualified to ensure that they meet your criteria for acceptance. Our lawyer case generation service goes a step further by providing retained plaintiffs who are signed with documents and case history in hand.
If you’re interested in receiving case-ready claimants rather than unqualified legal leads, you can quickly take action today by contacting Broughton Partners to attract transvaginal mesh claimants that are a great match for you. Continue doing what you do best, and let your trusted case-generation marketing team execute a marketing campaign that provides your practice with new transvaginal mesh lawsuit leads.
- FDA. “Urogynecologic Surgical Mesh Implants: Reporting Problems to the FDA”, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,https://www.fda.gov/medical-devices/urogynecologic-surgical-mesh-implants/urogynecologic-surgical-mesh-implants-reporting-problems-fda. Accessed April 19, 2019.
- Mayo Clinic. “Get the facts about transvaginal mesh complications”, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pelvic-organ-prolapse/in-depth/transvaginal-mesh-complications/art-20110300. Accessed April 22, 2019.
- Hemendra N. Shah, Gopal H. Badlani. “Mesh complications in female pelvic floor reconstructive surgery and their management: A systematic review”, US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3424888/. Accessed April 22, 2019.
- Matthew Goldstein. “As Pelvic Mesh Settlements Near $8 Billion, Women Question Lawyers’ Fees”, The New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/01/business/pelvic-mesh-settlements-lawyers.html. Accessed April 22, 2019.
- Department of Surgery, Division of Urology. “The Truth Behind Transvaginal Mesh Litigation: Devices, Timelines, and Provider Characteristics”, Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, https://journals.lww.com/jpelvicsurgery/Abstract/2018/01000/The_Truth_Behind_Transvaginal_Mesh_Litigation__.4.aspx. Accessed April 22, 2019.
- Toyohiko Watanabe, MD, PhD and Michael B Chancellor, MD. “Pelvic Surgeons Caught in the Meshes of the Law”, US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3502050/. Accessed April 22, 2019.