At The Dunken Law Firm, our attorneys are now accepting cases involving transvaginal mesh injuries from clients all over the state of Washington, including:
If you or a relative suffered transvaginal mesh injuries after a surgical procedure to correct stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, contact The Dunken Law Firm today to schedule a case evaluation with our firm and find out more about your options for legal recourse.
Surgeons have used surgical mesh for decades in a variety of procedures, and the most common uses of transvaginal mesh include corrective surgeries for stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. In 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States released an FDA Safety Communication regarding the Administration’s findings in transvaginal mesh issues. The investigation scrutinized more than 30 manufacturers of surgical mesh and spurred the FDA to enact stricter requirements for the development and marketing of surgical mesh products. Consequently, most manufacturers simply opted out of producing surgical mesh, and now only three transvaginal mesh products for pelvic organ prolapse are available on the market.
Ideally, surgical mesh helps an internal organ retain its shape after sustaining damage or a prolapse. Mesh can support damaged tissue, reduce future damage, and help restore proper organ function. Unfortunately, most surgical mesh products entail a host of possible adverse side effects, and revision surgeries are a frequent necessity for many women who undergo pelvic organ prolapse correction procedures.
Transvaginal mesh can cause a number of serious side effects.
About 200,000 women undergo inpatient surgeries for pelvic organ prolapse in the U.S. each year. About 10% of them require surgery, and 13% of those who do will experience negative side effects within five years of surgery. Another 30% who undergo surgery will experience a prolapse issue at some point later in life.
The state of Washington allows a two-year statute of limitations for product liability claims for personal injuries. However, some exceptions to the statute exist. If a woman does not discover harm caused by transvaginal mesh immediately following surgery, the statute of limitations would likely begin on the date of discovery of the harm. Washington also imposes a 12-year statute of repose on personal injury claims starting on the date an injury occurred. An injured individual cannot pursue a claim after this window passes.
The average product liability claim will require the plaintiff’s attorney to prove that the product in question was defective and solely responsible for the plaintiff’s claimed damages. Plaintiffs who succeed with their claims can secure compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and any and all other damages resulting from the defective product. Contact The Dunken Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation about your transvaginal mesh injuries and our attorneys will advise you of your available options for legal recourse.