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Lawsuits Continue to be Filed over Transvaginal Mesh

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Lawsuits Continue to be Filed over Transvaginal Mesh

By Bill O'Mara, Virginia Dangerous Devices Attorney

A mesh device that was meant to correct a debilitating condition in women led to one of the largest mass tort actions brought in the last five years over a dangerous medical device.

Surgical mesh has been used for more than six decades to correct conditions such as abdominal hernias but the development of a vaginal product in the 1990s ended up causing pain and serious complications for thousands of women.


Surgeons started using mesh products to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) in the 1970s. The first vaginal mesh product was approved 20 years later in 1996, for treatment of stress urinary incontinence. Transvaginal mesh for the treatment of vaginal prolapse was first approved in 2002.

The use of mesh products for vaginal prolapse, a condition associated with ageing or childbirth, raised a lot of questions about the adequacy of the testing regime.

In July 2011, the US Food and Drug Administration announced that patients who were being treated for pelvic organ prolapse with a surgical mesh may face a greater risk of suffering mesh complications than women who used other surgical treatments.

The major complications included damage to organs, bowel and bladder perforation, urinary infections, chronic pain and vaginal scarring. Women who have been harmed say the manufacturers of these products failed to warn them of the risks.

Thousands of Lawsuits Are Filed Over Transvaginal Mesh

We have already seen thousands of claims filed over transvaginal mesh by women who have suffered terrible consequences from using this product. Some large jury verdicts have also been handed down.

On May 28, 2015, a woman was awarded $100 million by a Delaware State Court to compensate her for permanent injuries she suffered from the Boston Scientific Corporation’s mesh product. The ruling came soon after the company announced it would pay $119 million for about 3,000 claims.

This year, lawyers representing women who claim to have been injured by Caldera Medical’s mesh implants, proposed a blanket class action against the company. More than 2,000 lawsuits are pending as part of an $11.75 million settlement. The deadline to join the claim is May 2 2016.

 C.R. Bard and Johnson & Johnson are among the other mesh manufacturers that face multiple lawsuits. J&J’s Ethicon division is reported to have been one of the slowest to offer settlements. It also faces the highest number of federal lawsuits although four lawsuits were settled for an undisclosed amount a year ago. We see numerous lawsuits being filed against Johnson & Johnson for a range of dangerous products from talcum powder linked to ovarian cancer to FLQ antibiotics.

Time is running out to make a claim if you have been injured by a transvaginal mesh product. Call us at (757) 455-0077 to talk to a Virginia dangerous drugs and medical devices attorney



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John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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