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AMS Vaginal Sling Lawsuit Filed by Woman Who Suffered Severe Injuries
By Kimberly Mirando
American Medical Systems (AMS) has been hit with another transvaginal mesh lawsuit by a woman who claims she suffered extreme pain, tissue erosion, dyspareunia, and other vaginal mesh injuries as a result of being implanted with an AMS SPAPC Sling System. Her vaginal mesh lawsuit is seeking damages for claims of strict liability, negligence, breach of warranty, fraud and negligent misrepresentation, among others.
According to the woman's AMS vaginal sling lawsuit, she was implanted with a SPAPC Sling System in 2008 to treat her pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The AMS vaginal mesh device was approved under the FDA's fast-track 501(k) approval process, which means it bypassed rigorous testing methods because AMS was able to show the device was "substantially similar" to other vaginal mesh devices on the market. This has exposed thousands of women implanted with the transvaginal sling device to serious complications associated with vaginal mesh failure, such as chronic pain, vaginal scarring, mesh erosion, infection, organ injuries, perforated bladder, perforated bowel, pain during sex, and more. Many of these women have chosen to sue the vaginal mesh and vaginal sling manufacturers over their injuries, seeking compensation through a vaginal mesh lawsuit.
In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned the public that transvaginal mesh and vaginal sling devices should be of "continuing serious concern" and that vaginal mesh side effects were "not rare." Hundreds of vaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed against device manufacturers like C.R. Bard, AMS, Ethicon, Boston Scientific, UGUTEX and Coviden over their defective vaginal mesh and vaginal sling products.
Many of these transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been consolidated into a single MDL proceeding. The 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.
Anyone who has a transvaginal mesh device, vaginal sling, or bladder sling needs to know the side effects so they can be caught and hopefully treated without further serious complications. Common transvaginal mesh side effects alleged in lawsuits include pain during sex; urinary problems; pelvic organ prolapse; vaginal scarring; perforated bladder, perforated bowl or perforated blood vessels; mesh erosion into the vagina; infection and organ injuries. If you are experiencing these vaginal mesh side effects, 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.
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 the vaginal mesh lawsuit MDL, just go to theTransvaginal 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 27th, 2012
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