While many of these women found the mesh to be a beneficial treatment for their incontinence and prolapses, a large number of women found that, while their incontinence and prolapses improved, they developed other serious problems which were related to the mesh products. Other women found that while their symptoms were initially relieved, as time passed and the mesh product aged, they started to develop serious problems.
The mesh products were commonly made from polypropylene and were secured in a woman’s body with an anchor. The polypropylene product is a foreign body and it caused irritation in a sensitive area which is prone to inflammation. The inflamed tissue was more delicate which created situations where the mesh products eroded or cut through the tissue.
The most commonly used anchors contained barbs to keep the mesh in place, these became problematic in their own right and in some instances broke off and migrated into other organs causing injuries.
When women started to develop complications associated with their mesh, they were often treated with more mesh to try and resolve the symptoms they were experiencing. When some women requested the removal of their mesh it became apparent that mesh removal surgery was highly complex and often not possible where the mesh had become embedded in another organ, for example, the bowel.
The injuries associated with pelvic mesh are wide ranging but can include:
There are different class actions depending on which mesh product was used. A class action is where a group of women join together to sue the manufacturer of the mesh product, i.e.the pharmaceutical company which manufactured the mesh.
Private Negligence Suits
These are where individual women sue the doctor and /or the hospital who implanted the mesh in circumstances where it is possible to prove negligence.
The two defendants are separate bodies and the allegations against each defendant will be quite different and so it is possible to have two suits running.
However, the injuries are the same and therefore principles of double compensation will preclude a plaintiff receiving damages from both defendants for the same thing.
For example, if a plaintiff lost six weeks from work, she cannot receive compensation from both defendants for the same period.
Many women who are involved in the class action also sue privately.
Our solicitor, Jane Bulter, has been involved with mesh litigation since 2015.
She has successfully helped many women to recover substantial damages for the injuries they have suffered as a result of their pelvic mesh. She understands the horrific nature of the complications that her clients have suffered and the ongoing effects that these injuries have on her clients’ lives and their relationships with their families.
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