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Illinois Resident Files Million Dollar Lawsuit Against Transvaginal Mesh Makers: Do You Have a Claim Living in San Diego or Southern California?

Are you living in Southern California or San Diego and have had a transvaginal mesh implant which qualifies you to pursue legal action? Plaintiff Jill L. Dewey and husband, residents of Illinois, filed a transvaginal mesh lawsuit on March 8th, 2012 in a District Court in Illinois. Dewey claimed that a transvaginal device implanted in her on August 18th, 2005 resulted in substantial vaginal mesh complications. This is why she, jointly with her husband, were claiming almost $10 million from all parties responsible. These included the designer of the device, the marketer, and distributor. While the lawsuit above was in Illinois, there are many women in San Diego and Southern California who have had this medical procedure.

FDA Approved

The product, known as the Pelvitex polypropylene transvaginal mesh, was Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved as a treatment for Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).

In the lawsuit, Dewey maintains that the product was hurried through the FDA approval process because of its likeness to similar products which had already obtained FDA approval. Dewey believes that the number of trials and tests normally associated with endorsement of such a product were significantly curtailed.

What Happens

The transvaginal mesh device was implanted in Dewey to treat POP which she was diagnosed with. This condition is associated with menopause, childbirth, and other situations which cause stress to the pelvic muscles and this region. In POP, the pelvic muscles of a woman become stretched because they weaken and are unable to support the pelvic organs such as the uterus, bladder, and rectum. This could result in one organ, or sometimes more, dropping from their normal location and pressing on the wall of the vagina. POP is open to other complications as well.

Dewey claims in her lawsuit that after undergoing the vaginal mesh implant she began to experience side effects from the transvaginal mesh. This caused her significant physical and mental pain, and disability. The final outcome has resulted in considerable permanent physical deformity.

The Reasons

Dewey is one of thousands of women who have encountered post-implant complications after transvaginal mesh surgery. Lawsuits have been filed across the country against the manufacturers and designers of such devices for defects in design and manufacture and negligence, not providing adequate warning, breach of warranty, and fraudulent concealment. It seems like they have a strong case unless these types of warnings were written on the device and the doctor of the patient explained the risks to the patient.

Legitimate Reasons to Sue

After Dewey underwent her vaginal mesh surgery, her lawsuit claims, she began experiencing vaginal mesh side effects, which can include significant mental and physical pain, disability, and permanent and substantial physical deformity. If these symptoms, or others, are affecting your life, then you have a legitimate reason to sue.

The Culprits

A new lawsuit was filed more recently in the United States’ District Court for the Northern District of Texas against Johnson & Johnson, Gynecare, Ethicon, Boston Scientific American Medical Systems and others, manufacturers, distributors, marketers, and designers of this transvaginal mesh. In this instance, there are 19 plaintiffs involved and it is important to note that not all makers of this product are involved in the lawsuits nor are there claims that their implants are defective.

Time to Call

The law firm of Doppelt and Forney, APLC of San Diego, CA is representing clients in transvaginal mesh lawsuits. The law firm is currently representing clients in their pursuit for redress through compensatory damages from those responsible in the filing of lawsuits. If you or a loved one has suffered from complications after a transvaginal implant, contact this transvaginal mesh law firm for a free preliminary virtual consultation which is confidential whether or not you hire the firm.

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