Georgia Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

The attorneys of The Dunken Law Firm are currently accepting lawsuits for transvaginal mesh injuries for clients throughout cities in Georgia, including:

  • Atlanta
  • Savannah
  • Augusta
  • Macon
  • Columbus

If you or a family member has suffered transvaginal mesh injuries after a surgical procedure to correct stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, our firm can help you pursue compensation for your damages through a product liability claim in Georgia. Contact The Dunken Law Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys.

What Is Transvaginal Mesh?

Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh used in a variety of surgical applications. One of the most common reasons for women to have surgery is pelvic organ prolapse. Surgical mesh can help support damaged organ tissue, encourage healing, and allow an organ to retain its intended shape and function. However, the Food and Drug Administration observed many issues with transvaginal mesh and issued an FDA Safety Communication regarding the use of transvaginal mesh for correction of pelvic organ prolapse in 2011.

Since the Safety Communication, the FDA has reclassified transvaginal mesh as a class III medical device with the strictest development and production requirements. At the time of the FDA Safety Communication, there were more than 30 manufacturers of transvaginal mesh. Today, only three transvaginal mesh products for pelvic organ prolapse remain on the market in light of the recent regulations from the FDA.

Possible Problems From Transvaginal Mesh

Women who underwent surgical procedures for pelvic organ prolapse reported many adverse side effects from transvaginal mesh.

  • Transvaginal mesh may erode, and pieces of the mesh can migrate and embed in tissues of the bowels, bladder, or other areas of the vagina.
  • Many women report pain during sexual intercourse after transvaginal mesh procedures.
  • Transvaginal mesh can damage the walls of the vagina and perforate other organs if eroded pieces migrate.
  • Many women reported urinary problems after transvaginal mesh surgeries.
  • Other adverse side effects can include pelvic pain, bleeding, and infection.

The occurrence of transvaginal mesh revision surgeries following initial procedures is also very high. Surgeons may attempt to fix dislodged or damaged surgical mesh or remove pieces of eroded mesh and attempt to fix damaged tissues. Many women experience vaginal scarring as a result of these transvaginal mesh revision surgeries which can severely impact quality of life for years.

Georgia Product Liability Laws

When an individual suffers injuries and other damages from a defective product, he or she may have grounds for a product liability claim against the manufacturer. Georgia adheres to a two-year statute of limitations for product liability claims for personal injuries, starting on the date an injury occurred. In the event a woman does not immediately notice adverse symptoms following a transvaginal mesh procedure, the discovery rule applies and the statute of limitations begins on the date the woman first noticed her symptoms.

In a product liability lawsuit, a plaintiff’s attorney does not necessarily need to prove the defendant was negligent, only that the product in question is defective and the defect caused the plaintiff’s damages. Transvaginal mesh injuries can lead to increased medical expenses, lost income from missed work due to negative symptoms and recovery from surgery, and pain and suffering. Georgia also upholds a ten-year statute of repose for product liability claims. This means a woman has ten years from the date of surgery to file a product liability claim regardless of the date of discovery.

If you or a loved one suffered transvaginal mesh injuries after a surgical procedure for pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, our attorneys can advise you of your grounds for legal recourse. Contact The Dunken Law Firm today to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation with one of our attorneys. After we analyze the facts of your claim, we can let you know how our firm can help you recover.