Missouri Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

If you suffered injuries from transvaginal mesh, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the device. You need an attorney who specializes in transvaginal mesh by your side – and our firm can help. Our attorneys at The Dunken Law Firm are currently reviewing legal claims for injuries related to transvaginal mesh in and throughout Missouri, including the cities of:

  • Kansas City
  • St. Louis
  • Springfield
  • Independence
  • Jefferson City

Clients choose our law firm after transvaginal mesh surgery for multiple reasons.

  • Our firm practices open and honest communication. We are extremely responsive and can answer any questions you may have about the litigation process.
  • We offer free and confidential case evaluations to help you understand your legal options.
  • Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, reducing your out-of-pocket cost. You do not pay any legal fees unless you receive a settlement.

If you received transvaginal mesh during a pelvic surgery and are living with painful side effects, discuss your case with one of our attorneys.

What Is Transvaginal Mesh?

Transvaginal mesh is a medical device used for supportive purposes during pelvic surgeries. Usually, surgeons insert this device to help support weakened or damaged muscles. Transvaginal mesh can come in synthetic or animal-based varieties. Mesh made of animal tissue dissolves naturally in the human body, supported by the growth of new tissue.

Synthetic transvaginal mesh is a different story. Since it is not absorbable, the mesh remains in the body and can cause painful complications. The FDA released a body of literature detailing the risks of synthetic mesh, but some manufacturers do not follow the guidelines set forth by the agency.

Prior to the Food and Drug Administration’s research on the effects of these devices, many surgeons used transvaginal mesh in surgeries without warning patients of the complications and risks. As a result, many women live with debilitating pain that adequate warning could have prevented.

Surgeons use transvaginal mesh mainly in two procedures:

  • Stress urinary incontinence, which occurs when actions such as coughing put stress on the bladder, causing involuntary urination. Transvaginal mesh helps support the bladder neck and urethra.
  • Pelvic organ prolapses, which occur when supportive vaginal muscles weaken and the organs slip out of place. Transvaginal mesh helps support the weakened vaginal walls.

Risks of Transvaginal Mesh

If you received synthetic transvaginal mesh during your surgery, you can experience debilitating side effects. In addition, treatment for injuries caused by transvaginal mesh can be traumatic as well. Some of these side effects include:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Pelvic pain
  • Serious infections
  • Organ perforation or puncturing
  • Mesh erosion
  • Mesh contraction

Transvaginal mesh injuries may be irreparable, depending on their severity. Despite a high incidence of revision surgery, follow up treatments and corrective surgeries cannot undo existing damage, and may only lead to further complications. Aftercare and remedial surgery complications can result in the following:

  • Emotional and psychological trauma
  • Vaginal scarring and shrinking
  • Recurring prolapses
  • Additional surgeries and hospitalizations
  • Neuro-muscular damage

Filing a Missouri Transvaginal Mesh Claim

In the state of Missouri, you will need to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the transvaginal mesh device. If you do not know the manufacturer of the device, you can ask your doctor or hospital or hire an attorney to investigate for you. If you believe medical negligence or malpractice occurred, you can file a suit against the surgeon or hospital as well.

The following companies manufacture many of the devices used in hospitals, though further investigation is recommended for each individual case:

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

Under Missouri law, you have five years from the date of your injury to file a product liability lawsuit. You will need to prove that the mesh was defective through one of the following criteria:

  • Defective product design, such as the use of synthetic materials versus animal tissue
  • Manufacturing defects, or defects that occur during mesh assembly
  • Marketing defects, such as marketing a mesh option as safe when it can cause injuries

Do you need an attorney for your transvaginal mesh lawsuit in Missouri? Our firm can help guide you through the litigation process. We have the resources and experience necessary to craft a compelling case on your behalf.

Contact us today to receive your free case evaluation.