Vaginal Mesh Settlements
As hundreds of injured women prepare for the first round of lawsuits against a controversial vaginal mesh manufacturer, some are anticipating possible settlement talks to begin.
With less than a year until the first test trials, also called bellwether trials, go before the judge, there is still plenty of time for mesh manufacturers and injured women to hammer out financial agreements to settle cases. Judge Joseph Goodwin, who is overseeing the multidistrict litigations (MDLs) in a West Virginia district court, has scheduled test trials involving C.R. Bard's Avaulta mesh implants to begin in February 2013. From those trials, the judge and attorneys will be able to determine how the remaining trials should proceed against Bard and the other companies implicated in mesh-failure controversy.
Vaginal Mesh Compensation
The problems with the mesh dates back years. Vaginal mesh, used to fix pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and urinary incontinence, was promoted as a way to support fallen organs and fix problems common to women after a hysterectomy, menopause or childbirth. Instead, thousands of women found that the plastic mesh cut through surrounding pelvic tissue and causes ongoing pain and discomfort. Women by the thousands were forced to undergo multiple surgeries, called revision surgeries, to remove the faulty devices. Worse yet, research has shown that mesh doesn't fix the prolapse problems.
In the MDLs, women have not only sued Bard but also Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon division, American Medical Systems and Boston Scientific. All of the manufacturers used the same faulty design for their vaginal mesh devices.
Injured women are seeking compensation for the resulting medical bills from countless doctors visits and revision surgeries. They are also seeking financial reimbursement for their time off work and household bills that had to be overlooked while seeking treatment for the faulty device.
Often, settlements from manufacturers in cases such as the mesh MDLs could include compensation for medical procedures that are not covered by insurance and compensation for additional medical procedures to fix ongoing problems and lost wages due to injuries. Separately, settlement could include financial compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment for life. While no amount of money can make up for the suffering caused by the mesh, compensation for your injuries may allow for more financial freedom to pursue treatments for a better quality of life.
Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Claims
The claims against the various mesh companies have revealed some disturbing practices. The mesh is prone to tearing nearby tissue and shrinking after being implanted. That means it can cause severe internal injuries. In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which has fielded nearly 4,000 complaints regarding the device, has called mesh complications "an area of continuing serious concern."
Patients who have suffered mesh side effects are urged to contact us for a free case evaluation and consultation. Our legal experts have researched vaginal mesh problems and will guide you through this litigation for your best possible outcome. In addition, we understand that this topic is best handled with the utmost sensitivity.