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Kentucky Woman Brings Suit Against Boston Scientific Charging its Pelvic Mesh Products Are Defective and Cause Severe Injuries

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 3:09pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Lexi J. Hazam of the national plaintiffs’ law firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, and Jennifer A. Moore of the Kentucky law firm Grossman & Moore, PLLC, announced today that Shirley Shelmidine has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Boston Scientific Corporation in U.S. federal court. The complaint charges that Boston Scientific’s widely-used pelvic mesh products are defective in their design and have caused Shelmidine severe and permanent injuries and debilitating pain.

“Women throughout the country have experienced a wide range of pelvic mesh complications, from severe pelvic discomfort and pain to permanent, life-changing injuries, and many have been forced to undergo, additional ‘revision’ surgeries to try to remove the mesh”

“I was given this mesh because it was supposed to help with urinary incontinence. Instead, it has caused me to experience pain, bleeding, and other problems,” stated Shelmidine, a resident of Louisville, Kentucky. “If I had known this would happen, I would never have agreed to receive mesh. Boston Scientific should be held accountable for the injuries caused by their product.”

“Thousands of women have filed claims over the serious, often life-altering injuries they suffered due to pelvic products,” stated Hazam. “This is a serious women’s health issue. As alleged in the complaint, Boston Scientific promoted defectively-designed mesh to women and their doctors without adequate warnings and instructions.”

“Women throughout the country have experienced a wide range of pelvic mesh complications, from severe pelvic discomfort and pain to permanent, life-changing injuries, and many have been forced to undergo, additional ‘revision’ surgeries to try to remove the mesh,” added Moore. “Medical device manufacturers must acknowledge the scope of the problem and accept legal responsibility for the injuries women have suffered.”

Complications and Side Effects For Women From Pelvic Mesh
Millions of American women have been implanted during surgery with pelvic mesh products produced by Boston Scientific and other manufacturers. These medical devices are often referred to as transvaginal or vaginal mesh, tape, hammock or sling products. They are used to repair pelvic organ proplase (POP) and to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Often the mesh is made of polypropylene, a form of plastic.

Plastic mesh inserted vaginally has been linked to a high rate of serious complications. In the past three years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received over 1,500 reports of complications with surgical mesh devices used to repair POP. However, it is often not necessary to treat POP or SUI with plastic mesh. Traditionally, exercise or simpler surgical procedures have been used to treat these conditions.

The complaint filed by Shelmidine alleges that Boston Scientific’s Pelvic Mesh Products have high failure and complication rates, fail to perform as intended, require frequent and often debilitating re-operations, and have caused severe and irreversible injuries. The alleged defects include:
pelvic mesh migrates from the location of their implantation, as well as erodes into other pelvic organs, tissue, muscle, nerves, and bone, adversely affecting tissues and patient health;

pelvic mesh regularly fails to perform as intended, leads to significant injuries to patients, and must be removed, leading to repeated treatment and surgery; and pelvic mesh becomes embedded in human tissue over time such that if it needs to be removed due to its various defects, the removal causes damage to the organs and tissues, adversely affecting patient health.

Legal Resources for Injured Women Nationwide
Women who have suffered serious complications from plastic pelvic mesh, vaginal mesh, vaginal tape, or a bladder sling can receive free, confidential, and no-obligation assistance in determining their legal options by contacting Lieff Cabraser. Your case will be evaluated by one of our female attorneys who are representing injured women across America in pelvic or vaginal mesh litigation. We also have several nurses assigned to assist our clients.

Learn more by visiting Lieff Cabraser’s webpage on vaginal mesh lawsuits at http://www.lieffcabraser.com/mesh. Or call us toll-free at 1-800-541-7358 and ask to speak to attorney Lexi Hazam.

Again, all information will be held strictly confidential. We will review your case promptly and for free, and without any obligation on your part.

About Lieff Cabraser
Recognized as "one of the nation's premier plaintiff's firms" by The American Lawyer magazine, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, is a sixty-plus attorney law firm with offices in San Francisco, New York and Nashville. For the last eight consecutive years, the National Law Journal has selected Lieff Cabraser as one of the top plaintiff's law firms in America.

About Grossman & Moore
From its offices in Louisville, Kentucky, Grossman & Moore, PPLC, is committed to providing superior legal representation for its clients. Grossman & Moore takes on the powerful interests to make sure wrongdoers are held accountable. The partners in the law firm possess more than 30 years of combined experience helping individuals in the areas of personal injury, car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical negligence (such as brain injury and birth trauma), defective products, slip and falls, and wrongful death.

 

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