Thousands of lawsuits pending over vaginal mesh medical device

Thousands of lawsuits pending over vaginal mesh medical device

Of all the types of products that can be dangerous due to design flaws or manufacturing errors, few are as dangerous as implanted medical devices. In recent decades, the United States has seen dozens of dangerous medical devices cause serious pain, injuries and even death after being implanted in thousands of patients.

One of the most well-known defective products cases involves a product generically referred to as vaginal mesh. This is an implantable surgical mesh used to correct and prevent several problems that occur in the female abdomen and pelvic region, including uterine prolapse. Many women who have been implanted with vaginal mesh, however, have complained of chronic and debilitating pain that often prevents them from living their lives normally.

Vaginal mesh has been manufactured by dozens of major and minor companies including Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson and C.R. Bard, just to name a few. But some manufacturers have stopped making vaginal mesh because of the high number of lawsuits filed by women who have been injured and because of more stringent regulations imposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

In one recent case, Boston Scientific was sued by a woman who had vaginal mesh implanted to support her pelvic muscles. She alleged that the mesh eroded inside her body, causing significant pain and organ damage.

Unfortunately, the jury ruled in favor of Boston Scientific. But the company is facing at least 12,000 other claims from plaintiffs making similar allegations. Moreover, vaginal mesh lawsuits against J&J and C.R. Bard have already resulted in jury awards of more than $13 million to injured plaintiffs.

Lawsuits against manufacturers of vaginal mesh are either occurring or pending in states and regions around the country, including here in California. Hopefully, plaintiffs whose lives and bodies have been damaged as a result of these defective medical devices will have their day in court and will get the compensation they deserve.

Source: Bloomberg, " Boston Scientific Wins First Vaginal-Mesh Injury Trial," Jef Feeley, July 29, 2014

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