Arkansas Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

The law firm of The Dunken Law Firm is currently aiding and reviewing claims from victims in Arkansas suffering from serious injuries as a result of transvaginal mesh medical devices. We are accepting claims throughout the entire state, including the cities of:

  • Little Rock
  • Fort Smith
  • Fayetteville
  • Springdale
  • Jonesboro

Our team of attorneys have significant experience with transvaginal mesh lawsuits and know how to handle these types of cases. If you or someone you love has endured a transvaginal mesh injury, contact The Dunken Law Firm today for a free case evaluation.

Why Choose The Dunken Law Firm

  • We have over 25 years of defective medical device case experience.
  • We understand how traumatic transvaginal mesh injuries can be, your needs are our highest priority.
  • We will not charge you a fee unless we win.
  • We pride ourselves on being available and responsive to our clients, no question you have will go unanswered.

What is Transvaginal Mesh?

Transvaginal mesh devices are designed to be implanted into women who are typically suffering from pelvic floor disorders, such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Both conditions are caused by the weakening of muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue that are holding up the affected organs.

Since transvaginal mesh received clearance to be used in such surgical procedures, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received thousands of reports of serious side effects and injuries. The reported side effects prompted the FDA to issue two safety communications, one in 2008 and again in 2011, warning the public in regards to the related adverse events occurring.

At the beginning of 2016, the FDA reclassified transvaginal mesh used for POP as a class III (high-risk) medical device. Class III products must undergo rigorous reviews and require premarket approval, thus increasing the safety and effectiveness of future transvaginal mesh products.

The reclassification does not apply to mesh medical devices used in transabdominal repairs for POP or for SUI repair.

Possible Transvaginal Mesh Complications and When They Appear

Symptoms that are considered to be normal after a procedure typically fade after six weeks. Pain can persist or new side effects may arise months after transvaginal mesh surgery. Indicators of a complication may include:

  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Mesh protruding from the vagina
  • Organ damage or perforations from mesh erosion
  • Nerve damage, causing a loss of sensation and pain
  • Vaginal scarring and shrinkage
  • Re-emergence of POP or SUI
  • Frequent urinary tract infections

Serious complications often prompt the need for transvaginal mesh revision surgery, which puts patients at a higher risk for enduring even more side effects, pain, and damage.

Who is Liable for Defective Transvaginal Mesh?

Under the theory of product liability in Arkansas, manufacturers of transvaginal mesh may be liable for injuries their devices cause. The most notable companies that manufacture transvaginal mesh are:

  • American Medical Systems (AMS)
  • Ethicon (division of Johnson & Johnson)
  • Boston Scientific
  • C.R. Bard.

There is a statute of limitations in Arkansas of three years from the date of injury in which a product liability lawsuit may be filed. However, complications from transvaginal mesh may develop at some point after the surgery, making it difficult to put a date on when the injury originated. Fortunately, there is a discovery rule in place, stating that the three-year limitation does not begin until you know of, or should have known the injury was related to the product.

Speak to a Transvaginal Mesh Attorney Today

Manufacturers may attempt to deny liability by claiming you were aware of the dangers involved in the use of their product. It is vital to have an attorney on your side with a thorough knowledge of product liability law and who has an extensive amount of experience handling transvaginal mesh cases. Call The Dunken Law Firm today to schedule a consultation and we will assess your case for free.