ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Hundreds of defective products can lead to thousands of injuries each year. Federal courts are currently reviewing tens of thousands of injury claims, each blaming a defective product for harm or complications. One such product is transvaginal mesh.
The product is a net-like implant used to keep internal organs from slipping forward or down. However, the product’s design and implantation techniques may lead to serious and painful complications to internal organs.
Rochester defective product attorneys at Cellino & Barnes say, in many cases, the victims weren’t warned about the possible complications.
“Some of these manufacturers may have known that their mesh was causing serious side-effects that negatively impacted the lives of many women in Rochester,” defective product attorney Ross Cellino said. “Some of these injuries are permanent and some women will need surgery to minimize the damage.”
Currently, there are more than 28,000 cases pending against Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Each of these cases blame the company’s pelvic repair systems for serious, ongoing and painful injuries suffered by thousands of women.
Due to the ongoing pain and, in some cases, disability, many cases cite a ‘profound loss of quality of life.’ Ethicon’s vaginal mesh is not the only product facing scrutiny at the federal level. A number of manufacturers face pending litigation.
In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to consumers, informing women of the possible complications, which the FDA said ‘were not rare.’
Last year, the FDA issued proposals to address the risks associated with surgical mesh. The proposals would require manufacturers to provide premarket clinical data to demonstrate a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness for surgical mesh.
Hundreds lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers since the FDA’s warning. Nearly every case claims the companies failed to tell women about the potential complications they could have and the seriousness of their injuries.