Collecting Damages for Complications from a Transvaginal Mesh
Since the 1970s, doctors have used transvaginal mesh to treat weakened pelvic floors and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). However, until 2010, gynecological mesh did not require premarket approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), leading to thousands of reports of complications. In the last few decades, numerous women have experienced debilitating and potentially permanent side effects due to vaginal mesh implants.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by this kind of device, you may have the right to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. For over 10 years, attorney Preston J. Dugas has defended victims of defective medical products in Fort Worth, TX. Reach out to our law firm online or by phone at (817) 945-3061 to schedule your free case evaluation today.
Understanding the Problem
Transvaginal mesh is often used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or SUI. However, it was originally designed to treat hernias and was repurposed without clinical trials or sufficient long-term data to support the shift in use. As a result, many vaginal mesh devices were recalled, including Boston Scientific's ProteGen Sling, C.R. Bard’s Avaulta Plus, Pelvilace, Uretex, and all vaginal mesh products produced by Endo.
If a manufacturer acted in a negligent or irresponsible manner, they should be held responsible for their actions.
Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson, has been the subject of over 40,000 lawsuits as of July 2018. The awards for these lawsuits have varied. One woman in Texas collected $73.5 million from Boston Scientific due to permanent injuries caused by her Obtryx bladder sling. In New Jersey, a woman received $68 million for two transvaginal mesh devices made by C.R. Bard.
Why is Transvaginal Mesh So Dangerous?
Side effects from faulty gynecological mesh can range from persistent pain and infections to life-altering or potentially fatal medical concerns. Patients may experience multiple or recurring complications, such as:
- Vaginal scarring
- Nerve damage
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Urinary problems
- Mesh erosion
- Pelvic and vaginal hematomas
- Organ perforation
- Persistent vaginal discharge
In some cases, these complications can even result in neuromuscular problems or vaginal shrinkage. These issues often require repeat surgeries to correct, resulting in excessive medical expenses, as well as prolonged pain and suffering. If you are experiencing complications that you believe are related to a vaginal mesh implant, you should contact a doctor immediately. You may also have the right to file a lawsuit alongside thousands of other women.
Why Hire an Attorney?
No person should have to suffer in silence, especially not because of an easily avoidable medical complication. Our team can investigate your injuries and determine who was at fault. Often, manufacturers will attempt to shift blame by claiming the doctor performed the surgery incorrectly. As a defective medical device attorney, Mr. Dugas knows where to look for answers and can establish a strong case for liability.
You may be eligible to receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Future ongoing medical care
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
If a manufacturer acted in a negligent or irresponsible manner, they should be held responsible for their actions. Mr. Dugas has spent more than a decade fighting for injured victims in Texas. His aggressive litigation style has led to many successes.
Schedule Your Free Case Evaluation
At Preston Dugas Law Firm, PLLC, we accept all cases on a contingency basis, meaning you do not pay out of pocket for our services. If you have been injured due to a faulty surgical mesh, you deserve to collect damages for your injuries. Learn more about how we can help by contacting us online or calling (817) 945-3061 today.
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