For decades, manufacturers – including Ethicon (a Johnson & Johnson company), Boston Scientific, Bard, American Medical Systems and Coloplast – have been selling mesh products for repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Most of these products are made of a plastic called polypropylene. Unfortunately for the hundreds of thousands of women who have had these products implanted into them, polypropylene tends to shrink, degrade and fray in the human body. The mesh products also tend to move (called erosion), and to pierce internal organs, and often cause permanent, untreatable pain in and around the pelvic area, worsening incontinence and a lifetime of painful intercourse (dyspareunia), among other symptoms.
Polypropylene mesh also causes neurological damage, including pudendal neuralgia. Pudendal neuralgia is caused by compression or tension of the pudendal nerve. Symptoms of pudendal neuralgia, all caused by impairment of the nerve or its branches, include urinary frequency and urgency, incontinence, painful urination, pain during and after sexual intercourse, constipation and anal pain. Women suffering from pudendal neuralgia experience pain every day – while sitting, standing, wearing tight pants, etc… This is a life-changing, debilitating condition that makes the symptoms the mesh was intended to treat seem trivial in comparison.
Tens of thousands of women have sued the manufacturers of mesh. All cases filed in federal court were consolidated in a federal multi-district litigation (MDL) pending in the Southern District of West Virginia. Most filed cases have settled. Those that have not settled have been assigned to “waves” for depositions and case-specific fact and expert discovery. Once discovery is completed, “wave” cases are to be transferred back to their home jurisdictions for trial.
Martin Baughman represents seriously injured women with pudendal neuralgia and other life-altering injuries. These women have consistently been offered settlements that fail to account for the gravity of their pain. We understand what our clients have been through, and we are committed to obtaining compensation for them that is commensurate with their injuries, whether by settlement or trial. We are filing new cases in addition to wave cases and cases that are tolled and need to be refiled. Contact us and we can discuss your situation and evaluate your legal options.
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Our attorneys are experienced in representing plaintiffs across a wide range of defective medical product lawsuits. We have filed numerous pelvic mesh cases for clients across the country. Contact us and we can discuss your situation and evaluate your legal options.