Transvaginal Mesh Injuries
Transvaginal mesh is meant to serve as a permanent fix for women who suffer from stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, which are medical conditions that some people suffer after childbirth, a hysterectomy, or menopause. Unfortunately, not all transvaginal mesh is safe, and serious complications like infections or perforations of organs and tissues may ensue after the mesh is implanted. The FDA issued warnings about transvaginal mesh in 2008, and in 2016, it changed the classification of the device from moderate risk to high risk. If you have been hurt because of your use of this product, the Grand Rapids and Traverse City transvaginal mesh lawyers at the Neumann Law Group may be able to help you. As an award-winning defective medical device attorney, Kelly Neumann has a solid track record of getting results for victims.Holding a Manufacturer Accountable for Transvaginal Mesh Injuries
Many women were implanted with transvaginal mesh before reports of complications came and before the FDA's 2008 warning. Transvaginal mesh injuries are often quite serious and may require further surgeries to remove the mesh. Sometimes the pain after a surgery to correct the problem will last for the rest of a woman's life. The only available remedy for many people who suffer transvaginal mesh injuries is to file a product liability lawsuit. Many lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of transvaginal mesh.
A common allegation against a manufacturer is a design defect. Some mesh devices use polypropylene and collagen, which are associated with negative reactions due to their ability to hold onto high levels of bacteria. Other potential design issues are inelasticity and biomechanical problems that result in shrinkage and deformation. Another common allegation in transvaginal mesh litigation is a failure to warn or a failure to conduct adequate tests, which are marketing defects. In Michigan, a plaintiff must prove that the manufacturer knew or should have known about the risk of harm, based on the scientific, technical, or medical information that could have been accessed at the time that a particular unit of the product left the manufacturer's control.
If you can establish liability, you may recover compensatory damages, including economic and noneconomic losses. Economic losses may include medical costs, such as prescription pain medication and the costs of future surgeries, as well as household services and wage loss for the time that you needed to take off from work. You may also be able to recover noneconomic damages like pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of consortium. These intangible losses in the context of transvaginal mesh injuries may be considerable.
Under M.C.L. section 600.5805, the statute of limitations for product liability claims is just three years. This period runs from the time that the action upon which the claim is based occurred, regardless of when the harm resulted.Consult a Transvaginal Mesh Lawyer in Grand Rapids or Traverse City
Michigan laws tend to favor manufacturers and sellers, rather than injured consumers of medical products. This is one reason why it is crucial to retain an experienced product liability lawyer to represent you if you are harmed by a medical device like transvaginal mesh. The Traverse City and Grand Rapids transvaginal mesh attorneys at the Neumann Law Group may be able to help you recover damages. The Neumann Law Group also represents people in Ann Arbor, Flint, Lansing, Muskegon, Midland, Holland, Kalamazoo, Detroit, Wyoming, Saginaw, Warren, and Petoskey, as well as areas throughout the Upper Peninsula. Contact us at 800-525-NEUMANN or via our online form to set up a free appointment.