Filing a personal injury lawsuit is a severe issue. It is about your rights and holding the wrongdoer accountable for their negligence. One such lawsuit filed by many people is the bladder sling lawsuit.
Many women suffer from involuntary bladder spasms and try to control them as much as possible. They usually do this by limiting the quantity of fluids they intake, wearing protective undergarments, and regularly doing kegel exercises. Sometimes, if the problem is more serious, they visit their doctor for any medication. And some women also use bladder slings.
However, bladder slings are shown to have alarmingly dangerous results that are bad enough and widely common enough that it now has several lawsuits about it. Do you think you could potentially be the plaintiff in one such bladder sling lawsuit yourself? Read on.
What Exactly Is a Bladder Sling?
Bladder slings are an extra bag of support for your sagging bladder that works like a hammock. They are made from human biological tissue that is donated from the abdomen. Or can also be mesh material that is entirely man-made.
Generally used as a treatment to stress urinary incontinence, they can also be used in addition to transvaginal mesh devices for patients with more severe cases. The theory of using them seems excellent, but many people have complained about the pain and suffering caused by these bladder slings.
Risks of Choosing a Bladder Sling
Opting for a bladder sling is usually marketed as less invasive and safe, but all surgeries carry some risks. The risks of bladder slings are having problems urinating, having newfound urge incontinence, developing an infection at the incision site, and damaging the internal organ.
One serious complication is the protrusion of the mesh from the inside. If you are suffering from this complication, you may need revision or replacement surgery.
The Dark History of Bladder Slings
According to a statement from the FDA, complications from the transvaginal mesh, also known as bladder slings, are “not rare.” After receiving nearly 4000 patient complication reports and studies that showed the risk involved with bladder slings, the FDA issued a warning for their use in July 2011.
In just a few months from then, early 2012, FDA then sent letters to several manufactures of the bladder slings to require them to have additional tests to see if their products are truly safe for the general public to use and to determine if they posed a “high risk of injury.”
Recalls of Bladder Slings
Following over 500 lawsuits, Boston scientific had to recall its ProteGen Sling from the market. This prompted the FDA to begin an investigation into these products. Boston Scientific wasn’t the only company to recall its products, C. R. Bard, Johnson and Johnson, and several other companies joined the chorus to recall all such products.
Boston scientific also recalled one of its other products, the “Pinnacle Pelvic Floor repair kit,” due to the weak tensile strength between its needle and suture. This led to the needle getting detached during leg placement.
In July 2012, C. R Bard announced that it would stop selling its Avaulta support systems for unknown reasons following the announcement from Johnson and Johnson in June that same year to stop several products related to this industry, such as the Gynecare TVT secure system, Gynecare Prosima Pelvic floor repair system, Gynecare prolift Pelvic floor repair system, and it’s Gynecare Prolift+ M Pelvic floor repair system.
Lawsuits Regarding Bladder Slings
So far, over 50,000 cases are known to have been filed against these pelvic mesh products and most of them in the southern district of West Virginia. Under the direction of the US District Judge Joseph L. Goodwin, most were consolidated under eight different multidistrict litigations.
A case list released by the US JPML shows us that Judge Goodwin is currently overseeing a total of 152 cooked medical mesh lawsuits, 6,172 lawsuits against Bard Avaulta, 7,617 lawsuits against Boston scientific 1,155 against Coloplast, 13,000 against Ethicon, and 13,292 against American medical systems.
Judge Goodwin was also assigned to manage the neomedic pelvic mesh lawsuits in February.
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Moreover, countless other people out there are victims of corporate negligence, and those people deserve to have their day in court. If you’re one of them, contact our bladder sling lawsuit attorney immediately.