Alabama Transvaginal Mesh Injury Lawyers
The DiLorenzo Law Firm, LLC is litigating cases in which recipients of transvaginal mesh/ sling products (also called pelvic mesh) have suffered from serious complications. From 2005 to 2010, there have been nearly 4,000 injuries reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following the placement of a transvaginal mesh (TVM) device. Our lawyers have filed cases in state and federal courts, representing clients throughout Alabama and the Gulf Coast in transvaginal mesh lawsuits. Reported complications involve pelvic mesh from numerous manufacturers, including Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems, Inc. (AMS), C.R. Bard, Inc., and Johnson & Johnson.
Contact an Alabama Transvaginal Mesh Lawyer
If you or someone you know has experienced side effects, such as an internal injury, after receiving transvaginal mesh during a surgery, contact one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys by email or call 1 - (800) 200-3604.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
On October 12, 2010, the Honorable Carol E. Higbee of the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division, Atlantic County, ruled in favor of centralized management without mass tort designation for all filed complaints and all future complaints in the transvaginal mesh cases In re J & J Litigation and In re Bard Litigation. The cases are separate but coordinated.
Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects
The following injuries or side effects have been associated with the implantation of pelvic mesh products:
- Chronic vaginal drainage
- Erosion of the vaginal tissue
- Feeling as though something is protruding from the vagina
- Lower back pain
- Pain during intercourse
- Perforations of the bowel, bladder or blood vessels
- Pressure or feeling of “fullness” in the lower abdomen
- Reoccurrence of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI)
- Urinary problems
- Vaginal bleeding
- Vaginal infections
- Vaginal pain not related to intercourse
- Vaginal scarring
Transvaginal Mesh History
Pelvic mesh devices are implanted through a surgical procedure. According to the FDA, factors contributing to complications may include the patient’s health, mesh material, the size and shape of the mesh, surgical procedures and estrogen levels.
In September 2011, the FDA issued a Class 2 Recall of transvaginal mesh devices. Boston Scientific Corporation’s Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit--Anterior/Apical STERILE and Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit--Posterior STERILE were recalled because they may exhibit low tensile strength between the needle and suture and lead to needle detachment during mesh leg placement. An FDA advisory panel also met to discuss the safety of medical drugs and devices, including transvaginal mesh, and recommended tougher premarket testing of vaginal mesh products and the reclassification of the devices to a Class III—the highest-risk category for medical devices—without recalling existing products.
A 2011 study released by the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Canada (JOGC) on pelvic mesh procedures stated, "Until adequate effectiveness and safety evidence is available, the use of new TVM devices for prolapse repair should be considered experimental and restricted to use in investigative trials." Click here to read the full JOGC TVM report.
The FDA warned patients and healthcare providers in July 2011 of the risks associated with the use of transvaginal mesh and recommended they consider alternatives to for treating POP and SUI, conditions that may occur after childbirth and pregnancy. According to the FDA, nearly 40 percent of women between the ages of 35 and 54 suffer from SUI. In 2010, more than 10,000 women underwent vaginal mesh surgery to repair POP alone.
In an article published in an August 2010 issue of the Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers reported that scientists had to stop a transvaginal mesh clinical trial early because women implanted with the mesh experienced too many complications. In the trial, which began in 2007, 65 women with POP underwent either surgery using the pelvic mesh or a procedure known as colpopexy that uses ligaments to help support the muscles. The trial was cut short in 2009 after researchers found that more than 15 percent of the women implanted with the mesh suffered within a period of only three months from vaginal mesh erosion, a potentially serious complication involving the protrusion of the mesh when the skin splits.
In October 2008, the FDA issued a public health notification alerting healthcare providers and the public about the increasing number of serious health issues associated with the transvaginal mesh. Reported complications include mesh from nine different manufacturers.
Contact an Alabama Transvaginal Mesh Attorney
Contact contact one of our transvaginal mesh attorneys by email or call 1-(800) 200-3604.
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Award Limits on Transvaginal Mesh Injury Verdicts in Alabama
The state of Alabama has no set award limits, or caps, for personal injury lawsuits. The Alabama State Supreme Court has declared award limitations unconstitutional. However, the United States Supreme Court has stated that the ration of punitive damages versus compensatory damages must be less than 10:1 in order to be upheld on appeal.
Alabama Statute of Limitations For Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
If you are filing a personal injury claim as an individual or as the family of a deceased party, you have up to two years after the persons passing to file the claim.
It takes time to acquire medical records, employment records, gather evidence, and draft pleadings, so please do not delay in contacting us if you have any concern that your injury (or a loved one's lost life) was due to defective transvaginal mesh or a defective vaginal sling. In serious personal injury and defective product matters, time is of the essence. Call us today and do not delay.