The litigation against manufacturers of pelvic mesh devices continues to increase nationwide. A pelvic mesh implant is a synthetic material implanted and tied to ligaments or bone to lift and support internal organs. The implants were introduced over a decade ago, and can serve as an alternative to a hysterectomy. Thousands of women, who were allegedly uninformed about the dangers involved with the mesh implants, have since complained of injuries, including severe pain, infections and bleeding that often require follow-up surgeries.
Nearly 900 of these pelvic mesh claims are currently pending in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas. Pelvic mesh manufacturers Ethicon, Inc., Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard and American Medical Systems, Inc. filed preliminary objections in the Philadelphia court seeking to dismiss claims lodged against them in that centralized proceeding. The court denied the manufacturers’ application and ruled that the viability of the claims would have to be challenged in each individual case depending on which set of state laws applied. The cases will proceed in Philadelphia and continue to be coordinated with the thousands of cases pending in West Virginia federal court.
If you or a loved one has experienced any injury from the use of a vaginal mesh implant, please contact Stark & Stark and speak to one of the Mass Tort attorneys, free of charge, who can help assess any claims that you might have against a manufacturer of the vaginal mesh device.