Plaintiff in Vaginal Mesh Case Testifies that She Cannot Work, Enjoy Sex or Even Sit Down

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As a personal injury law firm that is representing many women who have been severely injured as a result of defectively designed and manufactured transvaginal mesh implants, we completely understand what Linda Gross had to endure. Gross, 47, testified in her case against Ethicon in New Jersey, the first out of thousands of vaginal mesh cases against different manufacturers that has gone to trial.

According to news report, Gross told a jury that as a result of a Prolift Gynecare vaginal mesh implant she received in 2006, she cannot work, enjoy sex with her husband or even sit down for more than 20 minutes at a time. There are days, she says, when she cannot even get out of bed. Like many of the victims we encounter, Gross has undergone several surgeries to remove the vaginal mesh to relieve her chronic pain.

Serious Side Effects

What I find interesting about her testimony is the reason she decided to get the implant. Gross said she was impressed by Prolift because of the marketing brochure put out by the company, Ethicon. The brochure claimed that the surgery was minimally invasive, specially designed and “clinically proven.” It also advertised the procedure as low-risk stating that complications are “rare.”

Well, now we know that’s not true. Even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings about these products stating that they are known to have cause serious, painful complications in thousands of women. The product is support to alleviate symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. But, on the contrary, it causes severe complications including mesh erosion, nerve damage, infections, pain, vaginal scarring and urinary problems.

Holding Negligent Manufacturers Liable

It is appalling that the manufacturers of these products not only failed to warn consumers about the serious complications that could arise from using these products, but marketed the mesh devices with the promise of relief and minimal symptoms. I certainly hope that these women are able to get justice and fair compensation for their losses. I also hope that these manufacturers are held accountable for their negligence and callous disregard for the health and safety of those who buy their products.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits on the Rise: What to Know

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An alarming trend has been on the rise as of late, and it’s the increase in dangerous, harmful consequences of transvaginal mesh surgical procedures. As a result, there has been an increase in the number of vaginal mesh lawsuits and claims, and it’s important you arm yourself with the correct information and knowledge before it’s too late.

First, it’s important to know a little bit more about this procedure and what it is used for. Transvaginal mesh is surgically implanted in a woman’s body in order to repair weakened or damaged tissue. It is most commonly used for treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). It is a permanent implant potentially made from several different types of materials.

Unfortunately, vaginal mesh implants have increasingly become an item which produces alarming and dangerous results. Either the risks of these implants and the procedure were unknown or were not fully understood, were not disclosed to patients, or the implants themselves being made and utilized are faulty. Either way, it’s a serious issue and it’s only becoming more common, which is why it’s important to know what you’re facing. More

New Yaz Lawsuit filed by California Woman

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A new Yaz lawsuit has been filed by a California woman who is claiming that Yaz led to her developing kidney stones. This is the first of this type of lawsuit for the birth control product. Most of current cases are related to blood clot issues and some to Gallbladder problems. Like the claims currently on file, any claims linking Yaz with kidney stones will have to  be supported by scientific and medical evidence.

What is unknown is whether the woman from California will be adding her case to the existing Yaz Multi District claim in Illinois.

It’s possible that other cases could crop up, too.  A medication that can cause blood clots could lead to other types of medical issues. Some happen quickly, as in the case of pulmonary embolisms, strokes or DVT’s, but other problems can take much longer to develop.

Current possible side effects include:

  1. Pancreatitis
  2. Stroke
  3. Blood clots in the legs
  4. Heart attack
  5. Gall bladder disease
  6. Blood clots in the lungs

Yasmin and Yaz are both birth control pills manufactured by Bayer that contain drospirenone, an ingredient thought to increase the risk of blood clots. In less than 10 years, they have risen to one of the top options for birth control and are the third best selling drug for Bayer.

Bayer continues to sell the product while also paying out on the lawsuits that have been filed as well as reserving funds for future lawsuits.

California Yaz Attorneys

The California Yaz attorneys at Bisnar | Chase have been helping defective medication victims for decades. Their reputation as one of the country’s foremost drug recall law firms has been solidified with their multimillion dollar settlements and verdicts as well as their commitment to superior client representation.

If you or a family member believe you were injured by Yaz or Yasmin please call  (800) 561-4887 to arrange for a free legal consultation.

 

 

Another Mississippi Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit is Filed

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Mississippi Transvaginal Mesh lawyers will have their hands full as yet another case of a victim claiming to be injured by this medical device has been filed.

The new lawsuit alleges that the woman’s injuries were caused by three transvaginal mesh products and suffered from these products: American Medical Systems’ Elevate Anterior and Apical System with Intepro Lite, Elevate Apical and Posterior System with Intepro Lite and Johnson & Johnson’s Gynecare TVT System.

According to the complaint, she was implanted with the devices in 2009 to correct her pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Transvaginal mesh products are used to treat POP and SUI by providing additional support to the walls of the pelvis. More

FDA Panel Sees More Cons than Pros with Metal Hip Implants

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 18-member panel, which met recently to discuss the effectiveness of metal-on-metal hip implants, arrived at the conclusion that there are few reasons to continue using these defective medical devices. According to a news report in The Associated Press, there is a growing body of evidence, which suggests that the devices can break down early and expose patients to dangerous metallic particles. The metal-on-metal hip implants, which are being scrutinized by the FDA following numerous consumer complaints about the failing implants, were originally marketed as a longer lasting alternative to older ceramic and plastic models.

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J & J Sold Vaginal Mesh Implants Without FDA Approval

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Johnson & Johnson continued to sell vaginal mesh implants for nine months after federal safety regulators told the company to stop marketing the device. According to a Bloomberg report, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which had received numerous consumer complaints about adverse effects, told the health-care products maker in a letter dated August 24, 2007 to stop selling Gynecare Prolift until the agency decided if the device was “substantially equivalent” to other products on the market. In its letter, FDA officials cited the potentially high risk for organ perforation when surgeons insert the mesh vaginally to shore up weakened pelvic tissues.

The letter prohibited J & J from marketing the device until they provided adequate information and got FDA approval. Selling the device would be a violation of federal law, the letter stated. The FDA cleared the device in May 2008. But, in the interim, J & J continued to market and sell the products.

Life-Changing Side Effects

Now, the company faces more than 1,400 vaginal mesh lawsuits from women who allege a variety of painful side effects including organ perforation, pain, scarring and even nerve damage. Nearly 300,000 in the United States were implanted with these mesh devices in 2010. J & J had started selling Prolift in 2005 without filing a new application after determining on its own that the device was substantially similar to Gynemesh, which was already cleared by FDA. However, FDA officials disagreed with J & J’s interpretation and required that the company file a new application.

Lack of Studies and Testing

This information comes to light even as the U.S. Senate is looking at making changes to the FDA’s device review system, which allows medical devices to be sold without human testing if there are other “substantially similar” products already in the market. Transvaginal mesh implants are among several medical devices that have found their way into the market and into people’s bodies without safety studies or testing. In January, the FDA ordered J&J, Murray Hill, New Jersey-based C.R. Bard Inc. and other manufacturers to study organ damage and complications related to these defective products. The agency received 123 complaints about Prolift from 2005 to May 15, 2008, when the device was cleared.

Justice for Victims

It is absolutely outrageous that this industry giant thought that it could get away with violating federal law. Thanks to the lawsuits that have been filed by thousands of women, these facts are now coming to light. The FDA letter was recently unsealed in court at the request of plaintiffs’ attorneys. This also seriously questions the FDA’s ability to enforce the law. One expert quoted in the Bloomberg news report compares the FDA to “a sheriff packing a water pistol.”

These mesh implant products have left thousands of women all over the country with life-changing and irreversible side effects. This account highlights yet another instance of how the safety and health of consumers are compromised by reckless manufacturers who are unwilling to put consumer safety above profits. If you have been affected by these defective products are looking for more information about pursuing your legal rights, please click here.

 

Texas Vaginal Mesh Attorneys

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As victims of the defective vaginal mesh and bladder sling products continue to come forward, vaginal mesh attorneys in Texas are working hard to accommodate the significant number of victims. The defective mesh attorneys at Bisnar | Chase have been working around the clock to assist victims across the nation, providing free consultations and lawsuit information as product defect lawsuits gain traction in the courtroom. Women pursuing compensation for their failed devices are hopeful that bladder sling manufactures, as well as mesh production companies, will be held responsible for producing hazardous products and will be ordered to pay millions.

John Bisnar and Brian Chase, head partners of the Bisnar | Chase mesh and bladder sling law firm, are confident that women who have suffered injuries caused by these products’ defects will receive compensation for their injuries. More

Vaginal Mesh Attorneys in Orange County

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Not long ago, the Bisnar | Chase vaginal mesh lawyers in Orange County received their first inquiry from a young woman inquiring about the potential dangers of vaginal mesh products on the market. At the time, few believed that these devices were responsible for anything other than an acceptable solution to an age old problem, but evidence soon surfaced putting vaginal mesh manufacturers in the hot seat.

Designed to treat women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse and stress incontinence, the wide variety of vaginal mesh products released were originally considered a godsend. Unfortunately, studies soon found that using these products can lead to bleeding, urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, infections, protrusion of the mesh, pelvic pain, and more. Many different models are proving to be especially dangerous and those who are currently utilizing these implants should speak with their doctor to evaluate any problems. More

Aog -Study Confirms Higher Failure Rates for DePuy, Other Metal-on-Metal Implants

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A new study confirms that metal-on-metal hip implants like the ASR Resurfacing devices manufacture by DePuy have much higher failure rates, sparking more calls by DePuy hip implant lawyers for a ban on these devices.

The study, which has been published in The Lancet medical Journal, analyzed data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales.  The data included more than 400,000 hip replacements, including 31,171 all-metal hip implants.

The researchers say there is no confusion in the findings.  The all metal implants simply have a much failure rate compared to other devices. More

Aog – What Every Woman Must Know about Transvaginal Mesh Implants

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Thousands of women around the country, who have suffered severe and chronic pain, infections and other complications from the use of transvaginal mesh implants, are speaking with transvaginal mesh defect lawyers to explore their legal options.  The worst part is that many of these women did not even need the transvaginal mesh implants, and could have been treated through noninvasive methods.

A vaginal mesh is a device that is used to treat several conditions like pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.  Transvaginal mesh devices have been around since the 1970s, when doctors began using mesh to hold a woman’s organs in place.   The uterus and other organs can shift from their location after pregnancy and delivery, causing the organs to protrude vaginally.  In the 1990s, doctors began implanting surgical mesh that was especially designed to prevent pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. More

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