Parker Waichman LLP Files Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits in Tennessee, Arizona and GeorgiaMar 9, 2012 | Parker Waichman LLP
Parker Waichman LLP announced this week that it has filed three federal lawsuits on behalf of women allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh implants they received during surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
"The injuries suffered by these three plaintiffs are typical of the kinds of complaints we're hearing every day from women who have received transvaginal mesh implants during surgeries to repair POP and SUI," Gary P. Falkowitz, a lawyer with Parker Waichman LLP, said in a statement. "These complications are life-changing, and in many instances, the victims of transvaginal mesh injuries will never be able to recover their previous quality of life."
One of the complaints, filed in Tennessee federal court, names devices manufactured by American Medical Systems, including the Perigee System with IntePro Lite, the Apogee System with IntePro Lite, and the MiniArc Sling. A federal Georgia lawsuit names Boston Scientific Corp.'s Obtryx Transobturator Mid-Uretheral Sling System, while an Arizona plaintiff was allegedly injured by the Gynecare Prolift device marketed by Ethcion, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson.
The lawsuits allege that the devices the plaintiffs received were defective, and create an unreasonable risk of injury and other adverse health consequences for patients, including, but not necessarily limited to, vaginal erosion, infection, extrusion, perforation, chronic pain and/or abscess. Among other allegations, all the lawsuits claim that the named Defendants were on notice of numerous bodily injuries caused by the products, and based thereon, knew or should have known that the devices caused an unreasonably high rate of vaginal erosion, infection, extrusion, perforation, chronic pain and/or abscess in women implanted with them.