TVM Lawsuits Continue to Rise

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On July 13, 2011, the FDA issued a warning that transvaginal mesh has caused problems for many patients who obtained surgery to treat urinary incontinence or pelvic perforation. Some states have statutes of limitation that time-bar these claims, which makes it important for a lawsuit to be filed before the time runs out. If you have been the recipient of a transvaginal mesh implant, it is important to speak to a lawyer. If you do not know whether or not this material was used in a pelvic surgery you have, you may wish to contact your surgeon’s office or ask to obtain a copy of your medical records to find out.

Some people do not realize they have been harmed by a transvaginal mesh implantation until well after the time of their surgery. Problems can increase over time and require additional surgery, resulting in costly medical bills. Settlement amounts have already been set aside for these lawsuits because the problem is so prolific. Transvaginal mesh was used in procedures to help separate part of the patients’ abdominal cavities when pre-existing problems existed. Problems that can develop include the mesh not staying in place or even piercing the vaginal wall. Not everyone who has had a procedure involving transvaginal mesh will need a revision surgery. However, it should be checked into. One of the first signs can be pain in the abdomen, and some patients may have bleeding, incontinence, back pain, recurrence of symptoms that existed prior to surgery, or chronic infection. Anyone who is experiencing these symptoms should consult a doctor as soon as possible to ensure that further problems do not develop and to rule out other conditions.

Laws vary in every state, so check with an attorney in your area to see if you may have a claim. Many will offer a free consultation. It is important not to delay, because some claims can be time-barred if you wait too long. Further, an attorney needs time to investigate certain claims in order to advise you of your rights.

 

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