Vaginal mesh lawyers are waiting with anticipation as the first vaginal mesh lawsuit trial unfolds in New Jersey. Bloomberg News reported recently that the first vaginal mesh lawsuit trial began on January 6th with Ethicon a division of Johnson and Johnson facing allegations of failure to warn the public of the risks associated with vaginal mesh implants. For information on filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit visit http://vaginalmeshlawsuit.seedol.com The plaintiff a 47 year old former nurse has allegedly suffered through 18 follow-up surgeries only to be left with daily, unrelenting, life-changing pain. Her vaginal mesh lawyer is seeking financial compensation for her suffering by working to prove the product was defective and that warnings weren’t adequate for the risks involved.
Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trials
Often referred to as a belwether trial, the first trial or first several trials in a mass tort case like the approximately 1800 vaginal mesh lawsuits that have been filed in New Jersey, will give vaginal mesh lawyers an indication of the trend future cases might take. If the first vaginal mesh lawyer is successful against the manufacturer, it may become more possible for future vaginal mesh settlements to follow without need for additional trials. Often, a vaginal mesh lawyer will choose to use their vaginal mesh lawsuits representing the most severe injuries as their belwether trial case.
Transvaginal mesh surgery is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). These conditions are more common among post-menopausal women and women that have given birth. As the abdominal muscles become more lax, organs may begin to fall slightly and oftentimes the uterus and/or rectum may breach the vagina. Stress urinary incontinence is another condition associated with menopause and childbirth. Women suffering SUI may leak urine during normal daily activities such as laughing, sneezing or coughing. Transvaginal mesh implants offered hope for women but may have delivered anguish instead, if allegations made by vaginal mesh lawyers are proven true. During transvaginal mesh surgery, a small incision is made into through in the vagina into the abdomen where pelvic organ prolapse is corrected and secured by transvaginal mesh implant.
For some women it seems the story does not end happily. Allegations made in vaginal mesh lawsuits indicate extreme suffering, multiple surgeries, pain and a worsening of the very problem the initial surgery was intended to correct. In 2008 the FDA issued the following alert: “This is to alert you to complications associated with transvaginal placement of surgical mesh to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). Although rare, these complications can have serious consequences.” The alert continues with: “Over the past three years, FDA has received over 1,000 reports from nine surgical mesh manufacturers of complications that were associated with surgical mesh devices used to repair POP and SUI.”