Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit FAQs

What is a transvaginal mesh implant?
A transvaginal mesh is a surgically-implanted medical device used to support weakened pelvic floor muscles.  Other names associated with a transvaginal mesh include vaginal mesh, pelvic mesh or pelvic sling.

When is it used?
A transvaginal mesh is used to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).  These are conditions that sometimes occur after pelvic surgery, pregnancy and childbirth.  The device is intended to alleviate the pain associated with these conditions.

What symptoms are associated with the device?
·         Bleeding
·         Blood vessel or tissue damage
·         Chronic discharge
·         Chronic pain
·         Erosion of the device into the vagina
·         Inflammation
·         Infection
·         Nerve damage
·         Neuromuscular problems
·         Organ perforation
·         Pain during sexual intercourse
·         Pelvic pain
·         Perforations of the bowel and/or bladder
·         Recurrence of POP and SUI
·         Urinary problems
·         Vaginal scarring

What should I do if I have a mesh implant and am experiencing side effects?
If you are having complications it is important to seek medical advice.  Also, keep all records including appointment dates and times, medical expenses, and medical records.  This information is important if you want to legally pursue your case.

Can vaginal mesh injuries be treated?
The FDA states, “Removal of mesh due to mesh complications may involve multiple surgeries and significantly impair the patient’s quality of life. Complete removal of mesh may not be possible and may not result in complete resolution of complications, including pain.”  Although the medical arena continues to advance, at this time many women experience worse pain and discomfort after the vaginal mesh surgery than prior.

How do I know if I have a case?
The attorneys at Stephan Zouras, LLP will help you determine if your situation merits a lawsuit.  We understand the emotional and physical pain associated with product negligence and are committed to providing free legal evaluation in a compassionate, confidential manner.

If I have a case, am I suing my doctor?
No.  The claims are against the manufacturers of the devices for failing to warn doctors and patients of the serious side effects associated with the vaginal mesh product.  These companies include:
·         American Medical Systems, Inc.
·         Boston Scientific Corp.
·         Coloplast Corp.
·         Cook Medical, Inc.
·         C.R. Bard
·         Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon division
·         Neomedic

How much does a vaginal mesh lawsuit cost?
At Stephan Zouras, LLP we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning as a client you do not pay any attorney fees unless we recover money damages on your behalf.  With a successful outcome, we receive a percentage of the recovery which is outlined in our client agreement.

How much money should I expect?
Once a successful outcome has been determined, your total compensation will be based on your injuries and other damages.  You may be compensated for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, permanent disability, spousal loss of consortium and emotional distress.  While the majority of the cases are still in litigation, in 2012 juries awarded $5.5M to a California couple and in 2013, $11M to a South Dakota woman.  In addition, the first multi-district litigation case against Bard ended with a $2M verdict in 2013 and then shortly after, they settled their second case for an undisclosed amount prior to trial.  Most recently, American Medical Systems agreed to pay $830M to resolve claims of injured women.

Is there a deadline to file a lawsuit?
Yes.  There is a statute of limitations, which is usually 2-3 years.  Depending on which state the injury occurred determines the timeframe.  Because we represent clients across the United States, the legal team at Stephan Zouras, LLP can help you with state specific laws.

Are there other vaginal mesh lawsuits?
Yes.  Over 40,000 lawsuits have been filed.  Currently, these cases have been consolidated in Multidistrict Litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.  New lawsuits are still being filed.  Call us if you would like to better understand your legal rights.

Why should I choose Stephan Zouras, LLP as my legal counsel?
We are aggressive advocates who care about our clients, their families, and the sensitivity associated with physical and emotional pain. We strive to maximize our clients’ recovery while attending to their individual needs.  Our track record of success speaks for itself.  With over $100M in settlements and verdicts, we work diligently to get our clients the results they deserve.  Contact us for a free and confidential consultation to determine if our firm is right for you.

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