Transvaginal mesh manufacturers discuss settlement for thousands of lawsuits filed by injured women

by Jim Orr

Four manufacturers of transvaginal surgical mesh products are engaging in talks to settle thousands of lawsuits filed by women who were injured by these products. The settlement negotiations involve more than 30,000 of the 50,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits that have been filed against C.R. Bard, Endo Health Solutions, Boston Scientific, and other smaller companies.

The decision of these companies to discuss settlement for the thousands of surgical mesh lawsuits they face comes following decisions by court after court in favor of women who suffered serious injuries because of these products. Last year, a jury in California ordered C.R. Bard to pay $5.5 million to a woman who was injured by an Avaulta mesh implant. In February of this year, Johnson & Johnson was found liable in the amount of $11 million to another woman who suffered injuries caused by the company’s Gynecare Prolift mesh.

The thousands of transvaginal surgical mesh lawsuits that have been filed involve more than 50 different brands of implants manufactured by six different companies. However, these products share one thing in common: the risk that they pose to the health of women who have been treated with them.

Transvaginal mesh products are a type of synthetic surgical mesh device that is used to treat women with stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. Although procedures using transvaginal mesh were designed to replace traditional surgical repair of these conditions, experts have found that surgery with mesh carries additional risks of complications while offering no additional benefits to the patient.

Thousands of transvaginal surgical mesh products have already been recalled by their manufacturers as a result of the problems linked to these products. Women who have undergone surgery with mesh have experienced serious complications, including:

  • severe pain
  • infection
  • bleeding
  • pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • organ perforation
  • urinary problems
  • vaginal mesh erosion

Experts say that the manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products could face thousands of additional lawsuits filed by women who were injured by these devices. Some manufacturers—including Bard and Endo—have already agreed to settlements with some of the women who were hurt by surgical mesh products that these companies made.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson and Transvaginal Mesh Cases

If you or a loved one were injured by a transvaginal surgical mesh product, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive a settlement from the company that manufactured your device. However, because of the ongoing nature of the settlement negotiations for these products, transvaginal mesh users may need to act quickly in order be part of the settlements.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have represented hundreds of individuals who have been injured by dangerous medical devices like transvaginal mesh. Our law firm has won hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, and will work to ensure that you receive the compensation for your injuries that you are entitled to under the law.

To receive a free legal consultation about your case and to find out whether you may be eligible to take part in the ongoing transvaginal mesh settlements, contact the attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling us toll-free at 1-877-446-9001, or by filling out the brief case evaluation form located at the top of this page.

by Jim Orr

Jim Orr is a licensed attorney and a partner at HO&P focusing on business and personal injury litigation. Jim was selected multiple times to the Super Lawyers List and has tried 70+ cases to verdict.