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Women begin receiving settlements in transvaginal mesh cases

Women in Ontario and throughout the country may have suffered severe side effects from having transvaginal mesh implanted after surgery. Starting in January 2015, the first of those women are beginning to receive out-of-court settlements. However, according to the terms of the settlement, they cannot say who the manufacturer is or how much they are receiving. In total, around 3,000 women throughout the country are suing, and there have been a number of lawsuits in the United States as well.

While some women suffer no ill effects from the mesh, for those who have, the problems have been life-changing. Complications for the women affected have included severe pain, leading to an inability to work. In some extreme cases, women have actually had to undergo surgery to repair other organs that were affected by the faulty product. In fact, one woman had to have a part of her bladder removed.

The mesh has been used since 1998, and it is implanted when women have had hysterectomies or suffered from a prolapsed uterus after childbirth. The problem occurs when the mesh breaks. The pain may be severe, and the mesh can also puncture organs.

Individuals who feel they have been victims of medical malpractice, as in this case, may wish to consult a lawyer. Often, as is the case with the transvaginal mesh lawsuit, a company may respond to a lawsuit by agreeing to settle out of court to avoid the publicity of a trial.

Source: CTV News, "Lawsuits being settled in surgical mesh complications", Jan. 13, 2015

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