Maryland Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

If you suffered injuries from transvaginal mesh, you may be eligible for compensatory damages. Our attorneys at The Dunken Law Firm are currently reviewing legal claims all throughout Maryland, including, but not limited to:

  • Baltimore
  • Frederick
  • Annapolis
  • Bethesda
  • Rockville

You can file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the device and, in some circumstances, the surgeon or hospital responsible for the implantation. If you need an attorney for your case, our firm can help. Contact our office for a free consultation today.

  • Our attorneys have over 25 years of experience assisting victims of defective medical devices. We can assist you in preparing your case for trial to achieve the best potential outcome.
  • We offer our services on a contingency fee basis. If you do not receive a settlement, you will not have to pay legal fees. If you do receive a settlement, we will take an agreed-upon percentage – effectively reducing your out-of-pocket costs.
  • Our firm focuses primarily on assisting women injured by transvaginal mesh. Unlike other firms, we have specialized knowledge and resources in this area to benefit your case.

What Is Transvaginal Mesh?

Transvaginal mesh is a medical device that doctors commonly use in pelvic surgeries. However, certain types of transvaginal mesh can cause severe complications for patients. While the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to regulate these devices for safety, many women still experience severe complications that will impact the rest of their lives.

The device comes in two varieties: synthetic and animal tissue-based. It provides important support during pelvic surgeries where the vaginal muscles are weak or damaged. Animal transvaginal mesh dissolves organically, supported by the growth of new tissue. However, synthetic mesh does not dissolve and can cause serious complications.

Doctors use transvaginal mesh for two main pelvic surgeries:

  • Pelvic organ prolapse is a condition that happens when the vaginal muscles weaken and the organs slide out of place. Transvaginal mesh helps support the vaginal walls.
  • Stress urinary incontinence is a condition common among pregnant women and new mothers. When a person with this condition performs a certain action, such as sneezing or running, the action can put stress on the bladder and cause involuntary incontinence. Transvaginal mesh helps support the bladder neck and urethra.

Risks of Transvaginal Mesh

The FDA has documented the dangers of synthetic transvaginal mesh through a body of research. However, some hospitals can continue to use these materials without warning of the following side effects:

  • Mesh erosion and contraction
  • Organ perforation
  • Pelvic pain
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Development of infections
  • Pain during sexual intercourse

Many former patients who received transvaginal mesh during surgery required further revision surgery. This surgery does not always repair the damage – often, the effects are lifelong. In addition, follow-up treatment can come with its own set of complications:

  • Vaginal scarring
  • Emotional damage
  • Repeat hospitalizations and surgery
  • Shrinkage
  • Additional prolapses
  • Nerve and muscle damage

Who Manufactures Transvaginal Mesh?

To file a lawsuit for transvaginal mesh injuries, you will need to identify who the manufacturer of your device is. The following companies manufacture many of the devices used in hospitals, but you should check with your doctor or attorney to find out the exact company:

  • Boston Scientific
  • CR Bard Inc.
  • American Medical Systems
  • Johnson & Johnson

Filing a Maryland Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit

Under Maryland law, you have three years from the date you become aware of your injury to file your lawsuit. When you file a product liability claim in Maryland, you have to prove that the device was defective in one of the following ways:

  • Defective design
  • Defective manufacturing
  • Defective marketing

Most transvaginal mesh cases involve defective design and manufacturing claims. The FDA has stated that synthetic mesh is dangerous and continuing to produce these products with that knowledge could put a company at fault. Defective marketing, such as not providing warning for the device or stating that it is safe to use, can also come into play. An attorney can help you craft a case to prove liability.

If you need a lawyer for your Maryland transvaginal mesh claim, our firm can help. We have the resources and experiences necessary to guide you through the litigation process, ensuring honest communication from consultation to settlement.

Contact us one of our attorneys to receive your case evaluation and discuss your legal options.