The medical device company American Medical Systems (AMS) is facing more than 1,600 vaginal mesh lawsuits. These lawsuits have recently been centralized into one federal court, and the litigation continues to grow at a rapid pace. If you were injured by AMS vaginal mesh, you may still have time to file a lawsuit and seek justice and compensation for your injuries. Thousands of people have suffered from chronic pain, erosion, infection, organ perforation, revision surgeries, and other serious injuries.
What You Can Do & How a Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting American Medical Systems vaginal mesh induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by vaginal mesh, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
American Medical Systems (AMS) manufactures some of the most popular types of vaginal mesh. These products include:
- AMS Elevate
- AMS Perigee
- AMS Apogee
- AMS BioArc
- AMS MiniArc Precise Single-Incision Sling
- AMS MiniArc Single Incision Sling
- AMS Monarc Subfascial Hammock
- AMS In-Fast Ultra Transvaginal Sling
- AMS Sparc Self-Fixating Sling System
Vaginal mesh (also known as pelvic mesh, transvaginal mesh, or a bladder sling) is a medical device that is implanted to treat Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). These common, debilitating conditions occur in women who have weakened muscles in the pelvic floor. When the mesh is implanted (usually transvaginally, through incisions in the vagina) it supports these muscles and prevents organs from descending.
American Medical Systems MDL
The vaginal mesh litigation against American Medical Systems is growing at a rapid pace. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has decided to centralize nationwide vaginal mesh lawsuits into one Multidistrict Litigation (MDL).
An MDL is different from a class-action, because independent lawsuits usually remain independent. However, the central location improves the efficiency of the litigation, prevents duplicate discovery or conflicting rulings, and expedites a resolution of the legal issues.
The American Medical Systems MDL was formed on February 29, 2012, in the court of Judge Joseph R. Goodwin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. By October 2012, there were already more than 1,600 lawsuits filed into this MDL. The number of lawsuits continues to grow.
Vaginal Mesh Side Effects
Vaginal mesh is associated with some severe side effects. One of the most common is erosion of the mesh into nearby tissues. Over time, the edges of the mesh may grow through the vaginal wall. The mesh can also perforate or damage internal organs — including the intestines, bladder, blood vessels, nerves, and more. In 2011, the FDA warned about a previously unidentified risk — contraction of the mesh, which could cause severe pain and vaginal disfigurement. Many vaginal mesh side effects require corrective surgery — but even with surgery, some of the side effects may be permanent.
Complications of vaginal mesh may include:
- Erosion of the mesh into the vagina
- Organ perforation
- Nerve damage
- Disfigurement of the vagina
- Contraction of the mesh
- Pelvic pain
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Inability to engage in sexual intercourse
- Disfigurement of the vagina
- Emotional trauma
- Need for revision surgeries
Do I have an American Medical Systems Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting American Medical Systems vaginal mesh induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured by vaginal mesh, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Medical Device Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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