Transavaginal Mesh Class Action Cases

More than 100,000 injured women have turned to legal action to hold the makers of dangerous transvaginal mesh (TVM) products responsible for their injuries. If you were injured as a result of a transvaginal mesh implant or device you should speak with a dedicated lawyer to find out more about the compensation to which you may be entitled.

A product liability attorney can discuss compensation for a variety of harms and losses that you have likely suffered, including medical expenses, lost wages, physical and emotional hardship, and the need for long-term medical care.

In July of 2011, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published information that documented potentially “life-altering” complications associated with transvaginal mesh products were rising at alarming rates. That same year, research data from a study commissioned by the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that women who were implanted with defective TVM’s face a heightened risk of serious side effects that include:

  • Risk of bladder perforation;
  • Complications including degradation of the mesh product itself which threatens the liver, kidneys, and other pelvic and lower gastrointestinal organs;
  • Frequent and chronic pain.

Many lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of TVM products. In February of 2013, a woman who required a staggering 18 revision surgeries due to complications triggered by her surgically implanted mesh product won more than $11 million in damages.

Many cases have been categorized as mass tort lawsuits. TVM mass tort cases can allow injured plaintiffs to share the financial burden of suing a large company while also helping to protect other women from suffering painful complications from defective devices by holding manufacturers fully accountable.

However, when plaintiff civil cases are joined into a single defective product mass tort against a single defendant the unique complications that each individual suffered may not be addressed by the mass payout or damage award. This is why you should discuss the specifics of your TVM injury and harms and losses with a TVM class action attorney who is well-versed in product liability and defective medical products.

TVM Lawsuits and Multidistrict Litigation

In multidistrict litigation (MDL), cases from multiple courts located throughout the United States are consolidated into a single civil action for the purposes of pretrial proceedings only. This helps establish what evidence from the various plaintiffs and the defendant will be heard or prohibited in any given case once they go to trial.

MDLs are designed to streamline the process by establishing what evidence can be admitted in the mass, or group process, but allowing for individual cases to be heard.

For example, rather than requiring hundreds different courts across the country to review potential  evidence and testimony about side effects linked to TVM products you have one MDL court that reviews the hundreds of plaintiffs’ cases in the preliminary phase. Although this is different from a class action lawsuit, an attorney can help explain the options available to you.

Experience Counts in Class Action and MDL Claims

A class action is formed when numerous plaintiffs suffered the same or similar harm and a few representative individuals bring suit on behalf of all the plaintiffs in a single case. In the event they are successful, the awards are shared equally.

Many of the current mass tort TVM cases have been consolidated into six multidistrict litigations (MDLs), or one for each manufacturer named as a defendant. This is distinct from a class action lawsuit. As of Feb. 18, 2014, the number of suits filed against each of these companies included:

  • Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon
  • American Medical Systems
  • Boston Scientific
  • C.R. Bard
  • Coloplast Corp.
  • Cook Medical