The attorneys of The Dunken Law Firm are now reviewing claims for transvaginal mesh injuries throughout Arizona, including:
If you or a loved one lives in Arizona and suffered transvaginal mesh injuries after a surgery to correct stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, our firm can help. Contact The Dunken Law Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys.
Transvaginal mesh is a surgical device meant to protect and support the interior of a vagina damaged by pelvic organ prolapse. Surgical mesh can also help correct stress urinary incontinence, but the risks associated with these procedures are far less significant than those associated with pelvic organ prolapse corrective procedures.
In an ideal case, surgical mesh protects damaged tissues and helps restore healthy organ shape and function. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an FDA Safety Communication in 2011 regarding their investigation into the risks of transvaginal mesh. Their study included more than 30 manufacturers and their findings spurred them to enact tougher regulations for transvaginal mesh development, production, and marketing.
In light of these changes, most manufacturers simply elected to stop producing transvaginal mesh products. Today, only three devices intended for pelvic organ prolapse correction remain on the market.
About 200,000 American women undergo inpatient procedures for pelvic organ prolapse each year. About 10% of those women will require surgery, which carries a high risk of adverse side effects from transvaginal mesh injuries and a high occurrence rate for necessary revision surgeries.
Women who experience transvaginal mesh injuries report a wide range of symptoms.
When transvaginal mesh erodes, small pieces can migrate to different parts of the body and potentially damage other organs. Surgeons who perform transvaginal mesh revision surgeries typically attempt to remove all of the mesh and repair damaged tissues, but the women who experience these issues often develop vaginal scarring as a result. This can dramatically impact quality of life for years.
Arizona imposes a two-year statute of limitations on product liability claims, starting on the date an injury from a defective product occurs. Since it can be difficult to pinpoint when exactly a transvaginal mesh injury occurred, the date of discovery may instead apply and start the statute of limitations on the date the claimant noticed her adverse symptoms. No statute of repose exists in Arizona; claimants can file product liability claims as long as they do so within two years of the date of injury or date of discovery.
The plaintiff’s attorney in a product liability lawsuit must prove the product in question is defective and then prove the defect is the sole cause of the plaintiff’s claimed damages. In a successful case, the plaintiff can potentially secure compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and any other damages caused by the defective product.
If you or a loved one sustained transvaginal mesh injuries, required transvaginal mesh revision surgeries, or experienced any adverse side effects from a transvaginal mesh procedure, you may have grounds for a product liability claim in Arizona. Contact The Dunken Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, and we will let you know how our firm can help.