Attorney for Transvaginal Mesh Patients Responds to Claims That His Fees Are Too Low

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Phoenix Attorney Van O’Steen today defended his firm’s practice of charging only a one-third contingent fee for representing clients who have been harmed by transvaginal surgical mesh implants to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). O’Steen issued a statement in response to some other attorneys whose fees tend to be higher than O’Steen & Harrison, PLC. Some law firms reportedly charge as much as 45% of all amounts obtained for their clients.

We simply have a long-standing commitment to making legal services as affordable as possible to our clients. We try to insure that a fee in excess of one-third is the exception rather than the rule.

Phoenix Attorney Van O’Steen today defended his firm’s practice of charging only a one-third contingent fee for representing clients who have been harmed by transvaginal surgical mesh implants to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). O’Steen issued a statement in response to some other attorneys whose fees tend to be higher than O’Steen & Harrison, PLC. Some law firms reportedly charge as much as 45% of all amounts obtained for their clients.

O’Steen, whose law firm has been involved in defective medical device litigation for more than two decades, said that higher fees may be justified in complex cases particularly where comparatively few patients were injured by a dangerous product. “With transvaginal mesh implants, however, the number of affected women reaches into the thousands,” he added. “Much of the work and expense required to properly handle one client’s claim has application to the claims of all other clients. These common factors lead to savings that can be passed along to clients as lower fees.”

O’Steen said that he does not quarrel with other law firms that charge contingent fees in excess of one-third. “A number of excellent law firms are doing so,” he added. “We simply have a long-standing commitment to making legal services as affordable as possible to our clients. We try to insure that a fee in excess of one-third is the exception rather than the rule.”

Van O’Steen went to the United States Supreme Court and won the landmark case* permitting lawyers and other professional service providers to advertise their fees. The victory was praised by consumer groups as an effective means of lowering legal fees.

O’Steen’s law firm represents women throughout the United States who have been harmed by transvaginal surgical mesh implants to treat POP and SUI.

About O’Steen & Harrison, PLC
O’Steen & Harrison, PLC has protected the rights of injured accident victims and their family members since 1974. The firm concentrates on personal injury, medical malpractice and dangerous products with a special emphasis on harmful drugs and defective medical devices. O’Steen & Harrison is av-rated (the highest rating) by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. The firm’s attorneys have recovered more than $3 billion dollars for clients. O’Steen & Harrison offers free, confidential consultations to women nationwide who have undergone a transvaginal mesh implant. Call toll free 1-800-883-8888 or see our website at http://www.tvmlawyers.com.

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*Bates & O'Steen v. State Bar of Arizona, 433 U.S. 350 (1977).

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