Our law firm welcomes the opportunity to work with attorneys from across the country to find ways to help women who have been harmed from the use of this transvaginal mesh.
Athens, GA (PRWEB) September 27, 2011
One of the country’s leading advocates on behalf of women suffering from transvaginal surgical mesh injuries, Henry Garrard III, will be sharing his experience and expertise with attorneys from across the U.S. in the coming weeks.
The Georgia defective medical products lawyer is scheduled to speak at the Transvaginal Mesh HB Litigation Conference on October 4 in Amelia Island, Florida, and at the Mass Torts Made Perfect seminar on October 12-14 in Las Vegas.
Garrard, widely considered a trailblazer in the area of transvaginal mesh litigation, also is slated to present for the upcoming American Association for Justice Transvaginal Mesh Litigation Update Teleseminar scheduled for October 3. Garrard serves as co-chair of the AAJ’s Pelvic Mesh/Vaginal Mesh Litigation Group.
“Since 2006, our law firm has focused extensively on representing women who have suffered serious injuries after receiving surgical mesh implants to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence,” said Garrard, a founding member and managing partner of the Georgia law firm of Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C.
In recent years, Garrard has served as lead counsel for the plaintiffs in two separate multi-district litigation cases involving transvaginal mesh injuries: In Re Mentor Corp. ObTape Transobturator Sling Products Liability Litigation (U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia) and In Re Avaulta Pelvic Support Systems Products Liability Litigation (U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia).
“Through our experience in this litigation, we’ve developed significant knowledge in this area and what we believe to be an effective approach to litigating these cases, and we believe it’s important to share this information with our peers in the legal community,” said Garrard, who has previously spoken at the New Jersey Plaintiffs Only Pelvic Mesh Litigation Workshop in Atlantic City.
“Our mission is to not only help women injured by these products receive compensation for their medical expenses and suffering, but also to prevent future harm by educating members of the legal and medical community – and the public in general – about the risks of transvaginal mesh products,” he said.
Transvaginal mesh generally consists of synthetic material that is used to reinforce or repair damaged or weakened tissue. In the past, the material has been used to treat hernias.
However, when implanted in the female pelvic region to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI), the surgical mesh has resulted in serious complications that include pain, infection, bleeding, scarring, pain during sexual intercourse, organ perforation and urinary problems that require additional treatment and hospitalization, according to a July FDA safety communication.
Companies behind these surgical mesh products include C.R. Bard, Inc., Covidien PLC, American Medical Systems, Boston Scientific Corp. and Johnson & Johnson.
“Although we have investigated these cases for many years, we have found that, in recent months, many in the legal community have become extremely concerned about these products,” said Garrard. “Our law firm welcomes the opportunity to work with attorneys from across the country to find ways to help women who have been harmed from the use of this transvaginal mesh.”
About Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C.
Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., is an Athens, Georgia-based law firm that has been widely recognized for its ethics, skill and professionalism by Martindale-Hubbell®, The Best Lawyers in America, American College of Trial Lawyers, Super Lawyers and Law & Politics Media/Atlanta Magazine. Since 2006, the firm’s defective medical device and product liability lawyers have pursued claims involving defective transvaginal mesh products, including handling attorney referrals from co-counsel across the country. For more information, call the firm at (866) 354-3544 or use its online contact form.