Durham, NC (PRWEB) May 16, 2013
As more and more patients are reporting serious injury after being treated with transvaginal mesh and bladder slings, the dangerous products lawyers at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin are meeting with patients who received the devices to discuss their legal rights and a possible claim for compensation.
Transvaginal mesh and bladder slings are used to treat urinary incontinence and other conditions, yet studies have linked the devices to an increased risk of complications such as bowel perforation, pelvic organ prolapse, and infection.
Urinary incontinence occurs when the muscles, tendons and ligaments in the pelvis start to weaken. This can be caused by pregnancy and childbirth, or it can be caused by the natural aging process. When these tissues and muscles become weakened, organs can bulge into the pelvis or even outside the body.
Transvaginal mesh and bladder slings help treat this condition by offering support for those weakened tissues and muscles. A number of well-known manufacturers make these products, including Johnson & Johnson, CR Bard, Mentor, Boston Scientific, and American Medical Systems.
A study in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published in October 2005 found that more than 15 percent of patients who received transvaginal mesh experienced erosion, and a more recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine published in 2011 found that patients who received transvaginal mesh had a 7 percent increased risk of bladder perforation than those who received other types of treatment.
In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about potentially serious complications, noting that these risks were "not rare" and stating that the devices offered no greater benefit than other treatment options.
In January 2012, the FDA ordered the makers of transvaginal mesh products to study the risks associated with the devices. However, no recall or other limits have been established for these devices, which continue to be used to treat patients, possibly putting them at risk.
The defective products lawyers at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin are ready to discuss the potential legal issues that treatment with these devices may pose for consumers. Patients who have received these devices and have experienced serious health problems as a result are urged to call for a free case evaluation.
About the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin
The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is headquartered in the American Tobacco Historic District, adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, in Durham, North Carolina, with 12 additional offices statewide in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, Goldsboro, Henderson, New Bern, Raleigh, Roanoke Rapids, Rocky Mount, Sanford and Wilson. The firm’s 31 attorneys focus on the following practice areas: Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, Bankruptcy, Eminent Domain, Intellectual Property, Civil Rights, Mass Torts and Products Liability. Three of the attorneys are North Carolina Board Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law, one is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law and one is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Business and Consumer Bankruptcy Law. The Law Offices of James Scott Farrin is involved in the community, including sponsorship of local philanthropic organizations.
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