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Judges Consider Sixth Vaginal Mesh MDL to Handle Growing Number of Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
By Sarah Pierce
A panel of federal judges will meet July 26, 2012 to discuss if a sixth multidistrict litigation (MDL) should be created for Plaintiffs bringing transvaginal mesh lawsuits. Five vaginal mesh lawsuit MDLs have already been created to quickly and effectively resolve hundreds of lawsuits accusing manufacturers of designing defective products that caused harmful vaginal mesh side effects in women, including vaginal mesh erosion, vaginal scarring, urinary problems, perforated organs, and more. A new vaginal mesh lawsuit MDL will make it even easier for women, with the help of a vaginal mesh attorney, to seek compensation for their injuries.
Lawsuits Cite Severe Vaginal Mesh Side Effects
Transvaginal mesh, vaginal sling and bladder sling products are supposed to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), but can cause more serious complications due to defective design and manufacturing. Vaginal mesh systems are designed to support organs that have collapsed as a result of a weakened pelvic floor, but they often exacerbate the problem, leading to further collapse, recurring urinary tract infections and other vaginal mesh side effects.
Other side effects cited in transvaginal mesh lawsuits include:
* extrusion of the mesh into the vagina
* vaginal mesh erosion
* perforated bowel, perforated bladder or perforated blood vessels
* pain during sex
* urinary problems
* vaginal scarring
* organ injuries
Transvaginal mesh side effects are so common, in fact, that hundreds of lawsuits have been filed by women seeking compensation for their pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages due to vaginal mesh complications. The number of vaginal mesh lawsuits being filed is so large that five MDLs have been created to quickly and effectively deal with them. Four vaginal mesh MDLs have been centralized in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, while a fifth MDL has been created in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.
New Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit MDL Considered for West Virginia
Vaginal mesh lawyers representing Plaintiffs argue that even with five vaginal mesh lawsuit MDLs, there is still a need to create a sixth MDL. Federal judges will meet later this month to hear oral arguments regarding whether a new vaginal mesh lawsuit MDL should be created in West Virginia, where U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin is overseeing five transvaginal mesh MDLs.
Plaintiffs in the transvaginal mesh lawsuits often accuse mesh manufacturers of failing to properly test their products, marketing a failed design, or failing to warn the public about the risks associated with the product. They seek to hold the manufacturers liable for personal injury, medical expenses, lost wages and/or lost earning capacity, disability, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and emotional trauma. Other Plaintiffs seek to hold the doctors who implanted the devices liable for failing to warn them of the vaginal mesh risks and implanting the product improperly. Some Plaintiffs have even filed vaginal mesh wrongful death lawsuits against manufacturers after their loved ones died from complications caused by vaginal mesh side effects.
A vaginal mesh lawsuit MDL allows hundreds of transvaginal mesh victims to file lawsuits under the jurisdiction of one judge, but still allows each vaginal mesh Plaintiff to retain her own attorney and receive an individual award if the case is won or settled. The award they would receive is typically much larger than any individual award expected in a vaginal mesh class action lawsuit. In a transvaginal mesh class action lawsuit, hundreds of thousands of vaginal mesh patients are joined together. Once, or if, a vaginal mesh class action settlement is reached, the class members would typically share the award, which could be in the range of thousands of dollars per claimant, rather than tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars in some cases for individual transvaginal mesh lawsuits. On the other hand, if the MDL settles, everyone who joined the transvaginal lawsuit MDL would receive any financial award individually, unlike in a class action lawsuit. The vaginal mesh lawsuit MDL lawyers will determine exactly what each Plaintiff will receive depending on the injury suffered. This may mean that those who suffered more serious vaginal mesh complications such as organ injuries will receive more than those who suffered less serious complications, such as pain during sex. The transvaginal mesh law firms litigating the MDL will determine this as the case progresses.
If you are experiencing any of the vaginal mesh side effects listed above, you should see a doctor immediately for treatment. If you are experiencing these symptoms, or experienced some or all of these symptoms in the past, you should also speak with a transvaginal mesh specialist to see if you are a good fit to file a vaginal mesh class action lawsuit or an individual transvaginal mesh lawsuit. These specialists will provide a free consultation to see if you have a claim for compensation.
If you would like more information about filing a transvaginal mesh class action lawsuit or would like to file an individual transvaginal mesh lawsuit or join a vaginal mesh lawsuit MDL, just go to the Transvaginal Mesh Class Action Lawsuit Investigation page. You can submit your information, or your loved one's, to vaginal mesh attorneys who are actively investigating all claims regarding urinary problems, vaginal scarring, mesh erosion, organ injuries and other complications related to vaginal mesh devices. Transvaginal mesh attorneys are waiting to talk to you now and the consultation is free. These lawyers don't get paid unless you win or settle.
Updated July 16th 2012
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