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Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Too many women who have suffered transvaginal mesh injuries are astonished how the FDA ever approved it and why it took the agency so long to classify the mesh as a high-risk medical device. Once the victims find out, they are furious at both the manufacturers of the mesh and the FDA. Transvaginal mesh received approval under a fast track FDA process that deemed it similar to previous mesh devices and did not require much clinical data. But the new mesh devices were not similar to the older ones. The FDA now classifies the transvaginal mesh as a class III, or high-risk, medical device - in the same category as life-support or life-sustaining devices, such as pacemakers and heart valves.
Between 2005 and 2010, close to 4,000 injuries associated with transvaginal mesh products were reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The injury claims continue to rise as more and more women receive revision surgery to remove the mesh and repair damage from complications. As of 2015, nearly 70,000 lawsuits were filed against mesh manufacturers after suffering serious injuries due to the mesh devices are pending. There have been several recent trial victories in favor of women who have suffered from mesh product complications. And while these verdicts have not been through the appeals process yet, they are promising. Some transvaginal mesh lawsuits have already resulted in settlements or awards for the plaintiffs.
Deadlines for Lawsuits
Lots of women wonder how long they have to file a claim for their injuries due to adverse effects of mesh implants. Each state or jurisdiction in which the patient resides imposes a deadline for filing personal injury claims and defective product lawsuits. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations, which in certain states is one year from the date of the injury.
If you or a loved one has been negatively affected by vaginal mesh side effects, don't miss the window for filing a claim. Let us review your case and find out your rights as a patient and discuss your next course of action. Our qualified vaginal mesh implant lawyers are currently investigating lawsuits involving various vaginal mesh side effects including the perforation of organs, mesh erosion, vaginal scarring and drainage, pain during intercourse, infections, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary problems, and more.