The most frequent complications reported to the FDA for surgical mesh devices for POP repair include:

Surgical meshes have been developed fairly recently and are used to treat women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) occurs when the tissues that hold the pelvic organs in place become weak or stretched. The lack of pelvic floor support causes the pelvic organs and vaginal walls to protrude or bulge (prolapse) into the vagina and sometimes past the vaginal opening. Organs that can be involved in POP include the bladder, the uterus, the rectum, the top of the vagina after a hysterectomy, and the bowel. Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is the involuntary leaking of urine that can occur during moments of physical activity, such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, or exercise due to insufficient strength of the pelvic floor muscles.

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Transvaginal Mesh Surgeries

For decades, non-mesh suture repair techniques have been the primary choice for treatment of POP and SUI. Recently, transvaginal meshes (where a mesh is placed through the vagina) have been used in an effort to strengthen the weakened vaginal walls. This technique was approved through the FDA’s expedited 510(k) approval process, and studies now show that serious complications associated with surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of POP and SUI are not rare.

Physicians in the United States perform about 75,000 surgeries each year with these mesh products. From 2008 to 2010, the FDA received more than 2,800 reports of complications associated with the surgical mesh. In July 2011, nearly 4000 complaints associated with surgeries performed between 2005 and 2010 were received.

An FDA review revealed that mesh used in transvaginal POP repair introduces risks not present in traditional non-mesh surgery for POP and SUI repair. The review also found that there is no evidence that transvaginal repair to support the top of the vagina or the back wall of the vagina with mesh provides any added benefit compared to traditional surgery without mesh.

When problems with the vaginal mesh do develop, future surgical repairs become more challenging because the surgical mesh is considered a permanent implant. Removal of the mesh due to mesh complications may involve multiple surgeries and can significantly impair the patient’s quality of life. Complete removal of the mesh may not be possible and may not result in complete resolution of the complications, including any pain being experienced.

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Settlement for the family of a victim who died after inhaling fumes from a sealant product produced and sold nationally. The product is known to cause serious injury and death but no warnings and no recall was issued.

$257,500

Victim Injured in Crash with Rock Hauler

Settlement for victim in significant crash with a rock hauler that ran a red light. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and suffered multiple fractures, abrasions and facial wounds.

$688,000

Car Accident Trial Verdict

When our client was hit by a distracted driver on I-4, the insurance company did not want to pay him a fair settlement for his injuries. We went to trial in May 2019 and obtained a $688,000 verdict from a Hillsborough county jury, which is significantly more than the insurance company offered.

$89,999

Drunk Driver Swerves and Hits Car Head On

The at-fault driver in this crash was driving under the influence when he swerved into our client’s lane and hit him head on, causing a significant impact on Gunn Highway. Our client suffered injuries to his shoulder, neck and back. We were able to obtain a settlement with the DUI driver’s insurance company and the client’s own UM policy.

$75,000

Rollover Accident

A negligent driver turned left in front of our client, causing our client’s SUV to flip over.  EMS transported our client to the hospital.  The rollover crash resulted in neck, head, and shoulder injuries.

$1,250,000

Girl Injured by Driver Who Ran a Red Light

We recovered 1.25 million dollars for a 12-year-old girl who was a passenger in a car when another driver ran a red light and hit the car in which she was riding.

$750,000

Pedestrian Struck by Cement Truck

Verdict to a young victim hit by a cement truck. Our client sustained significant back injuries including syringomyelia. She is on permanent disability from her injuries.

$420,000

Car Collision with Garbage Truck

Recovery for victim who was severely injured in a car collision with a garbage truck. Victim’s vehicle completely crushed. Our client had a TMJ injury that required surgery.

$1,000,000

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Settlement for a child who suffered severe oxygen deprivation and brain damage when the nurses failed to monitor her tube feeding, leading to the child aspirating her feeding. A nurse also had removed the oxygen monitor so it did not sound an alarm.

$350,000+

Settlement for Pedestrian Recovered

Our law firm recovered over $350K for a woman struck as a pedestrian at night in a disputed liability claim. Our client required an extensive hospital and rehabilitation for injuries including a broken pelvis, closed head injury and low back injury. Her commentsRead more?

$2,400,000

Compensation Awarded for Client After Medical Malpractice Incident

On behalf of our client and the client’s family, our firm worked diligently to ensure adequate compensation for a devastating incident of medical malpractice. Such results do not come easily, but only after many, many hours of work and months of litigation. While there is no way we can undo the harm that has been done, we achieve satisfaction in helping to provide the resources to enable our clients to obtain the ongoing care they will need.

$810,000

Rollover Accident

We settled this case for $810,000 after our client was injured in a car crash in Tampa. The at-fault driver failed to stop at a red light, causing our client’s car to roll over two times before coming to a rest.

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