The eyes of the medical community are on a courtroom in New Jersey as a second case involving transvaginal mesh injury is in the hands of a jury. The first trial, in California, resulted in a $5.5 million verdict against the mesh manufacturer.
My own North Alabama legal team counsels women with their own personal stories of anguish and suffering at the hands of companies like Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon who have manufactured vaginal mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and female stress urinary incontinence (SUI). In a rush for profits, the manufacturers pushed their products without proper testing. Patients, including my own clients, relate heart-wrenching accounts of bleeding, scarring and excruciating pain as the mesh erodes their flesh. Such complaints have led to an FDA warning on the failure of transvaginal mesh.
I recognize the bravery and sense of futility leading women to come forward, as these are personal issues that demand discretion and respect.
While the side effects are a threat to health, the problem is compounded by difficulty in securing follow-up care to remove the device. Some women are left unable to work or care for themselves. As my associates and I pursue multiple cases against these manufacturers, we have heard firsthand the burden on these women and their families. Failing health along with disability and loss of quality of life is difficult with no where to turn. My team’s philosophy is a personal approach to alleviate this burden. We treat each case as unique, reviewing each document and record along with attempting to interview the physicians treating the patient.
Currently, there are over two thousand pending vaginal mesh lawsuits in the federal court system. While this is a large issue affecting many and involving a host of counsel, my eyes look toward New Jersey with my North Alabama clients in mind. I anxiously await the verdict in New Jersey–will the problems be recognized and addressed? Is there hope that my clients’ burdens will be lightened?
Among the companies facing claims over their defective mesh:
- Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon
- American Medical Systems (AMS)
- Boston Scientific Corporation
- C.R. Bard
If you have had an experience with mesh similar to what I have described, please feel free to contact me at (256) 650-5500 to have your case reviewed by my team.