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Used to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women who have suffered from a bladder prolapse, bladder slings have been increasingly linked to serious health complications that include mesh erosion, severe pain and internal bleeding.
Thousands of women who have had SUI surgery using transvaginal mesh tape, or bladder slings, have filed lawsuits against device manufacturers. Patients feel duped. Due to shoddy rules by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the devices never underwent any premarket clinical trials or testing. Even with mounting evidence that bladder slings erode, crumble and contract once implanted, the device makers continue to market them. Medical evidence now shows that faulty mesh causes internal injuries, severe pain and infections.
Bladder Sling Claims
SUI, or the inability to control urine leakage, typically occurs as a result of childbirth, a hysterectomy or menopause. It can happen at any age. Weakened muscles and ligaments cause the bladder to drop out of its normal position. When that happens, simple physical activity or movement, including laughing or coughing, can cause an unintentional release of urine.
Bladder slings, also called urethral slings, are long, narrow strips of plastic mesh that are surgically implanted under the urethra to put it back in its proper position. The goal is to relieve the pressure on the bladder and eliminate SUI. Instead, what patients have found is that the device does not fix the problem at all. Slings cause organ perforation, ongoing urinary incontinence, vaginal bleeding and serious infection. In July 2011, the FDA reported that the materials used in bladder slings and other transvaginal mesh devices have caused an increasing number of injuries.
Injured women across the country have filed lawsuits against bladder-sling manufacturers, including Mentor, Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division, C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, American Medical Systems and others.
Bladder Sling Class-Action Lawsuit
While there are no class-action lawsuits filed in the bladder-sling cases, hundreds of injured patients have joined multidistrict litigations (MDLs) in West Virginia and Georgia federal courts. In West Virginia alone, there are five MDL cases established with hundreds of complainants. An MDL is considered advantageous for individual plaintiffs over a class action because it enables attorneys to pool their resources during time-consuming pretrial proceedings but allows for individual trials and individual monetary settlements.
The first of what could be several MDL bellwether trials is set for February 2013. A bellwether trial is established to give attorneys on both sides a preview of how future cases may turn out. Already, state trials have taken place with injured patients emerging victorious.
Bladder Sling Settlement
In July 2012, a California couple was awarded $5.5 million after a jury concluded that Bard’s Avaulta Plus sling was to blame for ongoing medical problems. Bard has since removed its Avaulta products from the market.
In January 2013, the first of 1,800 lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division in New Jersey state court began. The injured plaintiff, who has undergone 18 revision surgeries, said the device has caused permanent damage.
If you or a loved one has suffered complications as a result of a bladder sling product, our patient advocates are here to help. We can help you find the proper medical care, emotional support and legal assistance.