There has been a significant amount of media coverage of the serious injuries caused by vaginal mesh implants, but no matter how often the matter comes up, the pain and suffering of victims happens on an individual level. Earlier in February, a woman and her husband sued Boston Scientific Corp. over a surgical mesh implant that the woman says caused severe injury.
The device is called the Advantage Fit sling. It was implanted with the intention of treating stress urinary incontinence. North Carolina residents who have undergone surgery for this or a similar implant may want to consider the options for a civil case if the device has caused harm.
In this particular lawsuit, the woman says the vaginal mesh reacted badly to human tissue and in general failed to function as intended. The adverse side effects of the mesh include chronic pain, vaginal erosion, mesh movement from the implant location to other areas of the body, infection and tissue abrasion, among others. In short, the lawsuit claims that the medical device was unreasonably dangerous.
As in other medical device lawsuits, the manufacturer is being sued for negligence, defective manufacture, strict liability, defective design and breach of warranty, among other offenses.
The plaintiff says that she suffered numerous damages, including physical disfigurement and impairment, medical expenses, pain, anguish and lost earnings. In these cases, it is also possible to recover compensation for legal fees and interest.
While it may be easy to speak about medical device injuries in terms of legality, the truth is that the individuals who suffer these injuries endure pain and suffering that no one every wants to experience. Victims of defective mesh devices should be aware of their options for holding the manufacturer accountable.
Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Woman claims vaginal mesh used to treat urinary incontinence is defective," Michael Keahey, Feb. 25, 2013