At The Dunken Law Firm, our attorneys are currently accepting cases involving transvaginal mesh injuries for clients throughout Illinois, including:
If you or a loved one has suffered any type of transvaginal mesh injuries, our firm can help you collect compensation for your damages and assist with your recovery. Contact The Dunken Law Firm today to speak to an attorney about how our firm can help with your defective product claim in Illinois.
Until very recently, surgical mesh has been a common treatment method for many women’s health issues, such as stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Surgical mesh can help support damaged tissues and encourage healing, but the reality is that many women have suffered a host of adverse side effects from transvaginal mesh, including permanent damage in some cases.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an FDA Safety Communication in 2011 regarding concerns over the efficacy and safety of transvaginal mesh. Over subsequent years, the FDA identified more than 30 manufacturers of surgical mesh with potential to harm patients. After enacting much stricter product development requirements for surgical mesh and reclassifying transvaginal mesh for pelvic organ prolapse as a class III medical device, only three transvaginal mesh products for pelvic organ prolapse remain on the market.
The two most common uses of transvaginal mesh are for stress urinary incontinence correction and pelvic organ prolapse correction. While the risks are much lower for procedures involving stress urinary incontinence than for pelvic organ prolapse, both procedures still pose significant risks. Transvaginal mesh injuries entail several substantial dangers.
Issues and complications lead to a very high incidence of transvaginal mesh revision surgeries that also carry significant risks. Some women have experienced vaginal scarring and other negative effects that caused lasting damage, affecting their quality of life for years or even permanently.
When an individual suffers injuries and other damages from a defective product, he or she may pursue damages through a product liability claim. In a product liability lawsuit, the plaintiff’s attorney will need to prove that the product in question is defective and the defect caused the plaintiff’s claimed damages. Illinois upholds a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims from defective products. While the discovery rule may toll this statute in cases where adverse symptoms do not immediately appear, the state also imposes a statute of repose setting an ultimate time limit for product liability claims at 12 years after delivery to the consumer.
This law means that claimants potentially have twelve years from the date of surgery to take legal action, but this window shortens to two years following the discovery of the harm involved in the claim. It is essential for anyone who has suffered transvaginal mesh injuries to start the lawsuit process as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one suffered transvaginal mesh injuries from a pelvic organ prolapse corrective procedure or stress urinary incontinence corrective procedure in Illinois, contact The Dunken Law Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys. We can review the specifics of your claim and advise you on the types of compensation you could expect from a successful product liability claim.