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POP and SUI proves unpopular with women.

Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

tvm-free-brochure-banner-170x250Thousands of women who have received vaginal mesh implants to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or pelvic organ prolapse (POP) have filed lawsuits in state and federal court to recover compensation for the debilitating injuries they suffered from the vaginal mesh products.

If you received a vaginal mesh implant and were injured as a result, you might be eligible for compensation from the mesh’s manufacturer—whether or not the particular brand of vaginal mesh your doctor used has been recalled, or is still on the market. To find out if you qualify, complete this contact form with details about your injury.

Vaginal Mesh Victims Are Recovering Compensation

A victim of injuries from vaginal mesh manufactured by C.R. Bard recovered $5.5 million in 2012 after her case was tried in California state court, and a victim of injuries resulting from vaginal mesh manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit recovered more than $7 million in 2013 after her case was tried in New Jersey state court.

Most recently, in August 2013, the jury in the first trial of one of the thousands of cases against C.R. Bard pending in West Virginia ordered C.R. Bard to pay $250,000 in compensatory damages and $1.75 million in punitive damages. In that case, Donna Cisson, a public-health nurse from Georgia, allegedly that Bard’s Avaulta mesh product, which she was implanted with in 2009, caused her to suffer serious pain and injury, and that she underwent several surgeries to have it removed. Under Georgia law, 75 percent of the $1.75 million punitive-damages award was handed over to the state’s general fund, so, between punitive and compensatory damages, Cisson walked away with about $600,000.

Vaginal mesh victims have also recovered settlement awards (that is, compensation that resulted from negotiations with the mesh manufacturers’ lawyers, not from a jury’s decision). In late June 2013, Endo Health Solutions announced that it will pay $55 million to settle an undisclosed number of lawsuits filed by women who claim they suffered serious injuries from vaginal mesh products manufactured by the company’s American Medical Systems unit (AMS).

Thousands of Vaginal Mesh Cases Are Still Pending

All federal-level vaginal mesh lawsuits that are still pending against five mesh manufacturers have been consolidated into five multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. District Court Judge Joseph Goodwin is the presiding judge. The five companies involved are: C.R. Bard; American Medical Systems; Boston Scientific; Ethicon; and Cook Medical.

MDL allows parties whose cases share common opponents, facts, and legal issues to combine their cases for the pretrial phase only. Consolidation saves the parties’ and the judiciary’s time and resources while allowing plaintiffs the opportunity to recover an amount of compensation that corresponds to their injuries, unlike in a class action lawsuit, which provides a fixed award.

At the end of the pretrial process, the parties select a handful of plaintiffs, whose cases are typical of all plaintiffs, to try their cases before juries in what are called “bellwether trials.” The first vaginal mesh bellwether against C.R. Bard is scheduled to begin in July 2013.

There are also lawsuits for vaginal mesh injuries pending in several state courts around the country.

The Rottenstein Law Group Can Help Women Injured by Vaginal Mesh

The recent jury awards and settlement amounts received by vaginal mesh victims are proof that perseverance, plus compassionate representation by a qualified attorney, can lead to victory against faulty medical device manufacturers.

If you or someone you know has had surgery for that involved the implantation of surgical mesh, and is experiencing symptoms consistent with malfunction, contact the Rottenstein Law Group by filling out this contact form  or calling this number: 1 (888) 976-8529. The firm is currently assessing cases for free.

The Rottenstein Law Group has over 25 years of collective experience advocating for victims of defective medical devices. If we do decide to file a lawsuit on your behalf, we won’t charge you a dime until you recover compensation.


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  1. Guest
    on March 16, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    My mother had this done after a full hysterectomy, years later, the mesh itself came dislodged and almost fell out of her along with her bladder that it was supposed to be holding up. resulting in a lot of pain, and way too frequent urination. Would this be something that she would be able to file a suit on?

  2. Guest
    on August 27, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I just thought it was normal to have bloating, enlarged right hip, pelvic floor cramping and coccyx pain.

  3. Guest
    on August 26, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Wow after reading a lot of comments I don't feel alone. I have been in pain since my first surgery in 1983, been to doctor but after awhile just tried to live with it until this latest upset... Thank you for not making me feel alone.

  4. Guest
    on August 26, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    I had the first one done in Port St. Lucie and it did not last. I moved back home to Oakland Park, Fl. 33334 and just had it repaired again in 3/27/12. I suffer from Lupus since 1986.

  5. Guest
    on August 20, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Anyone who has had mesh put in, have it taken out! Mine was in 6 months and I bled for a month and my Dr. said she didn't know what was going on. I got a 2nd opinion and she knew what was wrong before she even looked at me! She removed it but I am still having side effects. Sharp knife stabbing pains in lower abdomen, painful intercourse and problems when lifting. Also have leakage with urine. I went to physical therapy for awhile and she said I was very tight and tense and she did massage and I did exercises and it has helped a lot! I need to go back for some more. So you need to get the mesh taken out now!

  6. Guest
    on August 4, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    I have been diagnosed with stage 4 uterine cancer which has spread to both lungs after the removal of bacteria-infested Bard hernia mesh implanted vaginally. I am a 50 year old single mother of two who believed was in excellent health and physical condition until Bard mesh was used to repair a vaginal hernia.

  7. Guest
    on August 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    My mother had bladder surgery last march and they put mesh in. A few months after surgery, she started having major complications. Her body started rejecting it. Prior to the surgery, she told the dr she didn't want to have it put in. He told her if she didn't have the mesh put in he wouldn't do the surgery. Her bladder had fell and she's losing bladder control what other choice did she have? After she went to the dr for her checkup and told him she was constantly in pain, the dr didn't even examine her. He just said she was healing. About ten months went by and she started getting worse. She started having issues with her heart. The Dr ran several tests and can't find anything wrong with her heart. I believe its related to the mesh surgery but I don't know how it's linked. She will wake up in the middle of the night and her heart will be racing, and then barely beat. I started doing some research and that led us to the Mayo Clinic in FL and we went in February for a consultation. At first, the dr didn't want to remove it but after doing further tests they found she had a prolapse. This changed his mind. So... In March, we went back and she had surgery where he took the mesh out. The problem is he didn't get all of it. 5 months later, my mom is still in pain and suffering from the mesh. We had to pay all the expenses to FL out of our pocket, 3 trips. We live about 12 hrs away from the Mayo Clinic. I had to quit my job to take her, and take care of her. We are in desperate need of help. We are looking into going to UCLA to Dr Raz but I don't think we can afford it.

  8. Guest
    on July 23, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I had a sling procedure and a hysterectomy done in 2002. They were performed at the same time. I am not the kind of person who sues anyone. Since the surgery, I have had a lot of lower, front, and lower back pain. I also have been spotting on/off for at least 4 years. I have told my urologist and gynecologist several times. My OBGYN said it was a bladder issue. I have never had any relief from the bladder sling surgery. Sometimes I can't get the urine out and sometimes it just comes with out warning, causing so many embarrassing moments. I have been back to the doctor and was put on Detrol 2mg and have been to physical therapy for months. Tests have been run as well as exams. The doctors say it is fine. I also have a lot of rectal pains due to the bladder and lower back pains. My urologist and physical therapist said the pains in rectum and back are coming from the lack of strength of bladder. I do not know if I am a candidate for this lawsuit. I have also had 3 sets of epidurals by an orthopedic surgeon since April 2012. I now am waiting for a decision on what to do about my chronic lower back pain. It has caused me to be out of work since April 2012. Everyday I worry I will get fired plus the lack of funds coming into our home. My husband is disabled and I am the main bread winner in our family. I am worried sick about our bills. The pain never goes away even with pain meds.

  9. Guest
    on July 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I had trans vaginal mesh surgery in 2006 for urinary incontinence. Well now I just outright can't control my urine. I am totally incontinent. I don't have the other problems thank the Lord, but this keeps me at home because when the urge comes...I go!! I never make it to the bathroom..the urge is overwhelming. It's way to embarrassing to venture out even with a handful of pads. Disgusting!

  10. Guest
    on June 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    I had my first hernia mesh repair in 2002 and then in November of 2004, I had to have that mesh removed under emergency surgery because of extreme pain, and the mesh had balled up like a ball of aluminum foil around my intestines and I had to have my whole umbilical area removed meaning I no longer have a belly button and I still have been in so much pain ever since. Then this year, March 2012, I had to have the 2nd replacement surgically removed and again. I had tissue and nerves, etc all stuck in this mesh, along with dead tissue and I still continually have severe pain to the point I can no longer work and take 22 pills a day consisting of 5 different ones that are strictly for chronic pain of my abdomen and lower area just above groin. The 5 different pills with dosage 15 of the 22 are for pain. I don't remember what it is like to be pain free. I have such extensive nerve damage, that I am only 44 but walk with a cane and when I go to the stores I either need to use wheel chair or the electric scooters. This is crazy and I am concerned that in the future I may need the 4th hernia repair surgery to yet again remove the defective mesh and replace it again. I'm about going crazy with all this pain.

  11. Guest
    on June 25, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I had the Surgisis mesh implanted in me. I had a herniated colon area as it had attached to my abdominal wall. The surgeon found this when I had gall bladder surgery in 2008. I have since had bladder leakage and cannot have sex because it is too painful. It feels like there is a blockage or wall inside of me closing my vaginal area. I had a vaginal hysterectomy in 1984. I had a large cyst on the outside of my right ovary several years later which was removed abdominally and apparently the surgeon at that time did not close the area properly which caused the herniated area (according to the surgeon who repaired it with the mesh in 2008.)

  12. Guest
    on June 19, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I had a hysterectomy in 1999 then on 06/28/10 I had hernia surgery. I have been in pain for about a year an a half. A lot of Uti's, pain when having sexual intercourse, bladder problems. I tried to call attorneys and they said they couldn't help me..... something's wrong!!!

  13. Guest
    on June 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    My mother had several hernia surgeries from 1977-1995. I am not sure exactly how many if there were three that I can remember. Her first surgery was in 1977 at Montrose Memorial Hospital performed By DR. David Mebane. He died about three years ago. My mother died four years ago. The last hernia surgery she had was in 1995 each of her other surgeries were to replace the mesh because it had dissolved or became unattached. The last one she had, the mesh did not even last six months. It punctured her small intestines and caused partinitus; she was unable to work and lost her job because of being in the hospital for over six months, she was in intensive care for one month. Her insurance maxed out at $252,000 and there were some bills left over that she was still paying on when she passed away. I am wondering if her family can file a lawsuit in her behalf. After the last surgery she was in constant pain until the day she died.

  14. Guest
    on May 28, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    I have had 3 hernia operation. The last one I had they put mesh in me that was in 1999 or 2000. I don't know what kind they put in me but I know that it hurts when I cough or sneeze. It feels like my insides are being torn up. Now I'm fixing to have another operation because it has come undone and I'm scared.

  15. Guest
    on May 18, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I am contacting you to find out what recourse myself and my family (son and daughter) have. My wife had a mesh implanted in in her abdomen in 2010. In 2011, she was hospitalized for what the doctors thought was a pancreatic condition and they treated her for that, and she just got worse and worse and the doctors determined in late 2011 or early 2012 that the abdominal mesh implanted was infected but they didn't want to remove it because it was a complicated surgery. Anyhow, she developed open bleeding, oozing holes rotting from the inside to the surface of the skin along the scar-line from the hernia repair where the mesh was at. The doctors blamed the infected mesh for that. On that Monday, after Easter Sunday, she was hospitalized and went into a coma. They done surgery to remove the mesh saying that they thought the infected mesh was fueling the high temp and other problems. On April 19, 2012 at 4:10pm, she died at the age of 52. I don't know what kind or a brand of mesh she had put in. She always handled health related issues as she worked in the health field. I have phone numbers of her doctors including the surgeon and gen doctor that done the hernia repair in Shreveport Louisiana. I'm all to pieces about my wife's premature death.

  16. Guest
    on May 14, 2012 at 10:10 am

    In 2008, I had a rare form of uterine cancer. When I had my complete hysterectomy, I also had a rectal, bladder vaginal lift done same time. Now I'm having a leaking uterine again, and when I go to put one leg up on other I feel this pain of like pulling inside. And crampy let along weight gain. No bleeding.

  17. Guest
    on March 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    My mother had bladder suspension surgery in 1995? in IA. Many ill effects have resulted and still persist. Details of the events are limited as she has moved from Iowa to Florida and she is currently 82 years old. I can find out many details but I am not sure how this works.

  18. Guest
    on February 20, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Having abdominal pain, bleeding in vaginal and rectum area, lots of shooting pain from vaginal wall bladder leakage. Lots of infections also problems with respiratory breathing.

  19. Guest
    on December 22, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Lots of pain in lower abdomen and sometimes a sticking pain. Bloated but can't urinate and times just go everywhere and can't help it. Got mine done in 2004 been hurting since.

  20. Guest
    on December 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    I have had abdominal pain, and lower pain. Bloated feeling, have been to my regular physician and obgyn thinking it was my ovaries unfortunately they were fine but I'm still in pain to the point where I can't even move sometimes. It's very frustrating not to know what could be going on inside of your body....

  21. Guest
    on November 30, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    I think I have problems from the mesh. I've had both vag. hernia and bladder repair, pin up. I have been complaining to my obgyn for the past 5 yrs about pain.

  22. Guest
    on November 14, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I am having a lot of abdominal pain, bloating and some bleeding.

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