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Transvaginal mesh lawsuits: What you need to know

Transvaginal mesh implants have long been promised as a solution for women suffering from pelvic prolapse or from stress urinary incontinence. With very limited options to choose from, many women felt like going through this surgery was their only hope.

However, unfortunately, many of these women have complained of a number of different painful complications. These reports have been linked to their transvaginal mesh implant surgery, and the fact that the mesh has eroded over time and broken into many small sharp pieces that can penetrate into nearby organs.


It has been widely recognized that the erosion of transvaginal meshes is nothing short of a scandal that has led to a lot of pain for countless women. Manufacturers and sellers can be held accountable for this. Injured people can in theory sue anybody responsible for bringing the product to the market.

In this case, one could argue that the product's problem was a design defect, since it was not designed to exist for a long period of time. Alternatively, a claimant could argue that a manufacturing problem caused the mesh to erode prematurely.

Class action or private lawsuit?

A class-action suit involves multiple people that have had the same injury with the same defective product. This is a good choice of action if a claimant wants to raise awareness of the product's defect and warn others of the product's possible dangers.

Private lawsuits, on the other hand, are brought about by a specific person based on his or her individual injuries. This can be particularly useful in a case where there has been a surgical error, since every case is different.

Source: Findlaw, "Transvaginal mesh lawsuits," accessed Aug. 16, 2017

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