In July of 2011, the FDA delivered a warning to patients and surgeons that a trans vaginal mesh implant could expose patients to greater risk of complications than other surgical treatment options. Since then, thousands of women have filed Trans Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits against implant manufacturers for complications resulting from having the implant, or injuries caused during implantation. Many plaintiffs in such suits have questions about the implant or about the average time to settle vaginal mesh lawsuits.
What is a Trans Vaginal Mesh Implant?
A Trans Vaginal Mesh Implant is a surgical netting, inserted through the vagina during pelvic surgery that is designed to reinforce the vaginal wall. It creates a bladder sling or pelvic sling to hold organs in place. It is often used in surgeries involving Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).
The Problem with Trans Vaginal Mesh
Complications of the device include: vaginal mesh eroding through the vaginal epithelium, urinary problems, infection, pain, and others. Injuries caused during the procedure include vaginal scarring, infection, and dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse). Many of these complications and injuries are irreversible, leaving women to suffer for the rest of their lives. It’s only natural these women want to know the average time to settle vaginal mesh lawsuits so that they can get on with their lives.
Trans Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Most trans vaginal mesh lawsuits are filed against the manufactures of the devices, not the surgeons who implanted them. The average time to settle vaginal mesh lawsuits is still somewhat unclear. Although the entire vaginal mesh lawsuit process can take upwards of 6-8 months, the first vaginal mesh trial (Linda Gross vs. Johnson & Johnson) lasted 6 weeks and was settled in favor of Gross in February, 2013. Since then, victims have won several victories, suggesting that suits will be settled more quickly in the future. Not only will courts now have precedents to turn to, but manufactures will be more likely to attempt to settle directly with the plaintiff to avoid going to court at all.
However, the number of vaginal mesh lawsuits filed has recently risen, which could mean a longer average time to settle vaginal mesh lawsuits. If you’ve had a vaginal mesh implant, and have questions about filing a suit, contact Parilman and Associates for answers.