Bladder Mesh Lawsuit
Are you dealing with embarrassing or painful results of a bladder mesh implant? The complications from bladder mesh implants are also dangerous, possibly leading to organ perforation, infection, and pain.
Making the important decision to entrust your case in our capable hands could help ease the burden of financial worries, job loss, and the need for repeat surgeries.
Attorneys at Danziger & De Llano are experienced and tenacious, pursuing your case from the first day all the way through its conclusion. Over two decades of experience have allowed us to develop firsthand knowledge regarding what it takes to be successful.
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What is a Bladder Mesh?
The common term “bladder mesh” is actually a catch-all for a mesh implant, located in or around the bladder, to provide stability and support to the tissue.
This mesh (or net-like) implant is usually used to help stabilize the vaginal walls after Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) or Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). POP generally occurs after when organs such as the bladder or rectum prolapse (push through) into the vaginal wall, causing a lump-like feeling. SUI is the leakage of urine during physical activity. Both conditions can cause numerous health concerns, and both can be repaired through surgical implant of a mesh.
What Types of Bladder Mesh Are Used?
There are two types of bladder mesh: synthetic and animal tissue. Synthetic (or man-made) mesh is either knitted or non-knitted, and absorbable or non-absorbable. Synthetic, non-absorbable meshes are considered permanent implants, providing permanent support to the area.
Animal tissue meshes are made from sterilized cow or pig tissue, and are absorbable. Over time, the mesh absorbs into the surrounding tissue, which grows over the animal tissue. This type of mesh is not a permanent implant, because it loses its support after being absorbed.
FDA Warnings and Bladder Mesh Problems
In October 2008, the FDA issued its first warning about the dangers of mesh implants, mentioning concerns about isolated issues. Because they had only received 1,000 reports within a three year period, the FDA categorized the warning as “rare, but with serious complications”. Some of the problems with mesh implants included: infection, incontinence, pain, vaginal scarring, and mesh erosion.
Then, in July 2011, the FDA issued an update to this warning, specifying that mesh problems were no longer considered rare. In fact, the FDA was very concerned about the increased rate of incidents reported after the first warning, as they had nearly tripled. The list of complications was the same, with a few new ones: organ perforation, mesh protrusion, painful intercourse and emotional problems.
Repair of Bladder Mesh
Due to the seriousness of the complications of bladder mesh implants, many women had to undergo multiple surgeries, which were painful and even ineffective. The most common problem with the mesh is erosion (pushing out) of the mesh through the vagina, causing infection and pain. Another problem, which was unknown during the time of the first FDA warning (in 2008) is mesh contraction (shrinkage). This shrinkage causes vaginal tightening, pain, and shortening, which is incurable for some women.
Bladder Mesh Lawsuits
Because of the number of bladder mesh implant lawsuits, the cases were consolidated (put together) into one federal court, with Judge Joseph Goodwin presiding. At the time he was assigned the cases in 2010, Judge Goodwin was given 19 from Georgia, 16 from West Virginia, and one from South Dakota. These cases are handled as Multi-District Litigation (MDL) cases, because they all have similar issues against a few companies. The companies currently named in the lawsuits are: C.R. Bard, American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific Corp., Ethicon, Coloplast Corp. As of February 2013, the total of MDL mesh cases was just over 12,000.
Winning a Bladder Mesh Lawsuit
When you consider whether or not you should file a bladder mesh lawsuit, it may help to see the results other women have had in similar cases. In California, a jury awarded California resident Christine Scott $5.5 million for complications due to her mesh implant; she had already undergone 9 additional surgeries to correct her faulty implant. Less than a year later, Linda Gross of New Jersey was awarded $11.11 million dollars for severe complications following her implant surgery. She had to endure 18 surgeries to fix the damage done by her implant.
Although there is no way to guarantee the results of your lawsuit, if you have suffered serious injury, infection, discomfort, or loss of function due to a mesh implant, the only way to have a chance at justice is to meet with an attorney.
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