4,000 reports of mesh implant complications
Orlando, FL (PRWEB) December 02, 2011
For hundreds of thousands of women who underwent a pelvic organ prolapse repair or bladder sling mesh implant surgery in recent years and are concerned with reports of harmful side effects, there is now more of an indication how the injury lawsuits will be handled and when litigation will begin.
The Mesh Implant Resource Center Transvaginal-MeshLawsuit.com was created to provide those suffering from mesh implant side effects with valuable information on mesh devices, FDA warnings, safety research, treatment and other information on a possible transvaginal mesh lawsuit.
On October 28, 2011, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Carol Higbee announced that the cases filed so far, consolidated under a Multi-District Litigation (MDL) Court in the Atlantic County District, would begin with trials on November 5, 2012.
The litigation is known formally as In re Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation (No. 006339-10 (NJ. Super. Ct.)) and will include pelvic mesh and transvaginal mesh injury lawsuits filed from around the United States.
Different than a class action lawsuit, MDLs allow those injured to file individual lawsuits while benefiting from a uniform set of rules, procedures and experts.
Judge Higbee indicated that approximately 350 cases have been consolidated under the MDL. Health experts, however, expect far more to surface as more than 75,000 women each year have undergone procedures to implant the devices. Those affected may still file a claim.
The litigation follows a July 13, 2011 warning by the Food and Drug Administration that pelvic mesh and transvaginal mesh implants used in pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence repairs could cause severe complications and no benefit over alternative methods.
The FDA has received more than 4,000 reports of mesh implant complications from patients with problems ranging from bowel and bladder puncture to infection, bleeding, mesh erosion and pain during intercourse.
A study released in the August, 2010 Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology found that more than 15% of women who received the pelvic mesh implants could suffer these types of complications within just 3 months of the time of their surgery.
The New England Journal of Medicine also published a study conducted in Sweden on May 12, 2011 which found that women who received the transvaginal mesh implants had a higher risk of severe side effects.
For more information about the pending transvaginal mesh litigation, settlement news or to speak with an attorney about your legal options, visit Transvaginal-meshlawsuit.com.