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Bladder Sling Litigation


Bladder Sling LitigationThe ongoing bladder sling litigation is one of the largest and most complex medical device litigations in United States history. More than 10,000 lawsuits have been filed against some of the biggest medical device manufacturers in the world. Billions of dollars are on the line. Many of the plaintiffs have been permanently injured, and they are now seeking justice through litigation.

Do I have a Bladder Sling Lawsuit? If you or your loved one was injured by a bladder sling, contact our law firm immediately for a free case consultation. If you join the bladder sling litigation, you could receive compensation for your injury, medical expenses, and more.

What is a bladder sling?

Bladder slings are medical implants that are designed to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI). This debilitating medical condition involves weakened pelvic muscles that allow the bladder to leak small amounts of urine under extra pressure (such as when a woman coughs, laughs, or sneezes).

The “sling” is a thin strip of material that is implanted under the bladder or urethra in a U-shape. The surgeon uses special needles to thread the sling through small incisions in the vagina (and sometimes abdomen). Once in place, the bladder sling supports the urethra and prevents bladder leakage.

Problems with Bladder Slings

Bladder sling problems began in the 1990s, soon after Boston Scientific developed the first bladder sling — the ProteGen. After testing it for 90 days in rodents, the ProteGen was implanted in more than 17,000 women, and many of them suffered from erosion, pain, organ damage, and other serious complications. Boston Scientific issued a recall in 1999, less than three years after the ProteGen was approved.

By 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved dozens of bladder slings with similar designs as the ProteGen. They had also received about 5,000 adverse event reports, which prompted them to issue a Safety Communication. Unfortunately, this warning was too little, too late for too many women.

Bladder Sling Litigation

The bladder sling litigation continues to grow as more women seek justice for their injuries. Many lawsuits allege that the manufacturers were negligent for failing to conduct studies or adequately warn about the potential injuries, which include:

  • Infection
  • Erosion of the mesh into the vagina
  • Pain (chronic or during sexual intercourse)
  • Organ damage
  • Bladder or bowel perforations
  • Bleeding
  • Recurrent incontinence or prolapse
  • Urinary problems
  • Scarring, nerve damage, or disfigurement
  • Mesh contraction or shrinkage
  • Additional surgeries
  • Emotional injuries
  • Loss of consortium with spouse
  • And more

Bladder Sling Multi-District Litigation (MDL)

In 2010, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation (JPML) began centralizing the bladder sling litigation in federal U.S. District Courts. Most of the litigation is currently located in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia under Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

There are currently two district courts where more than 10,000 lawsuits have been filed against the following manufacturers:

  • Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon / Gynecare)
    • Gynecare Prolift, Prosima, Gynemesh
    • TVT (Exact, Abbrevo, Retropubic System, Obturator, Secur)
  • C.R. Bard
    • Avaulta
    • Pelvitex, Pelvisoft, Pelvilace, Pelvicol
    • Uretex
  • Boston Scientific
    • Arise, Pinnacle, Advantage
    • Lynx, Obtryx, Prefyx, Solyx
  • American Medical Systems
    • MiniArc, Monarc, In-Fast, BioArc
    • SPARC Sling, Elevate, Perigee, Apogee
  • Coloplast
  • Covidien Inc.
  • Mentor OB Tape
    • Transobturator Sling

The bladder sling litigation is also moving forward in state courts. The first two lawsuits have already gone to trial before juries in California and New Jersey, and the plaintiffs were awarded $5.5 million and $11.1 million, respectively.

Do I Have a Bladder Sling Lawsuit?

The Product Liability & Defective Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in bladder sling litigation. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new lawsuits in all 50 states.

Free Bladder Sling Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by a bladder sling, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

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