More than 10,000 bladder mesh lawsuits are currently pending in federal U.S. District Courts against Johnson & Johnson / Ethicon, C.R. Bard, American Medical Systems, Coloplast, Boston Scientific, and Mentor. The first two lawsuits have been awarded $5.5 million and $11.1 million by juries in New Jersey and California. The litigation continues to grow as more women come forward to report injuries including debilitating pain, organ damage, infection, disfigurement, numerous additional surgeries, and more.
Do I have a Bladder Mesh Lawsuit? If you or your loved one was injured by bladder mesh, contact our law firm immediately for a free case consultation. If you file a lawsuit, you could receive compensation for your injury, medical expenses, and more.
What is bladder mesh?
Bladder mesh is used to repair weakened, stretched muscles under the bladder. This problem affects millions of women due to multiple childbirths and/or menopause. Bladder mesh is a narrow strip of material that is implanted like a “hammock” or a “sling” under the bladder to support the urethra. This treats stress urinary incontinence, in which small amounts of urine leak whenever a woman coughs, laughs, sneezes, or moves vigorously.
The most common types of bladder mesh include:
- Tension-free vaginal tape (TVT): This was developed in 1998 by Ethicon / Gynecare and quickly gained FDA approval because it was “substantially equivalent” to the Boston Scientific ProteGen mesh (recalled in 1999 after 500 bladder mesh lawsuits were filed).
- Transobturator Tape (TOT or ObTape): This type of bladder mesh reduces the risk of organ perforations because the surgeon does not need to blindly pass a needle above the pubic bone.
- Mini-Sling: This is a small, U-shaped, minimally-invasive bladder mesh that is implanted through the vagina with no abdominal incisions. Although the design improves upon older bladder meshes, it is still associated with serious complications.
What are the problems with bladder mesh?
If you were injured by bladder mesh, you may qualify for a bladder mesh lawsuit. Our lawyers are very concerned about the following problems with bladder mesh:
- Thousands of women have been seriously injured by bladder mesh. Although the FDA has published several Safety Communications and a dozen products have been withdrawn from the market, women continue to be injured.
- Dozens of types of bladder mesh can trace their design back to a recalled product. The original bladder mesh was recalled in 1999, but the FDA continued approving new meshes with similar designs without requiring rigorous safety studies. Many bladder mesh lawsuits allege that the manufacturers should have anticipated the potential safety risks and tested their products more thoroughly.
- One of the most common complications of bladder mesh is erosion. This occurs when the edges of the mesh grow into tissues or slice into organs. Over time, the mesh can protrude into the vagina or perforate the bladder, bowel, or blood vessels. Unfortunately, because bladder mesh is a permanent implant, it may be impossible to remove completely.
- Older types of bladder mesh require a surgeon to blindly pass a large needle over the pubic bone. This area, called the retropubic space, is highly vascular and is located near the bowel and bladder. Life-threatening bleeding and organ perforations can occur if the surgeon makes a mistake with the needle.
- Many types of bladder mesh were only tested in small studies of animals before they were implanted in women. The original bladder mesh, Boston Scientific’s ProteGen, was tested for 90 days in rodents before it was implanted in more than 17,000 women. Other products have only been tested in a few dozen rats, rabbits, or sheep. Linda Gross, a plaintiff who was awarded $11.1 million in a bladder mesh lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, said the company “took innocent women and used us as guinea pigs.”
- The FDA did not require manufacturers to conduct new safety studies until 2012. Soon after the FDA asked for studies, Johnson & Johnson / Ethicon and C.R. Bard “withdrew” their controversial bladder meshes (TVT, Gynecare Prolift, Avaulta, and more) and avoided conducting the studies.
- More than 10,000 bladder mesh lawsuits have been filed, and the litigation continues to grow. Many of these lawsuits allege that the manufacturers did not do enough to test, design, or warn about the risks of their products.
Do I Have a Bladder Mesh Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in bladder mesh lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new lawsuits in all 50 states.
Free Bladder Mesh Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by bladder mesh, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.