Endo Health, the parent company of American Medical Systems (AMS), set aside $54.5 million in 2013 to settle an undisclosed number of transvaginal mesh lawsuits. But more claims poured in, and in May of this year, the amount was raised to $830 million.
“I had two surgeries in 2009 to repair the AMS mesh that ripped through my vaginal wall, and since that time I can’t even count the number of infections I’ve had,” says Janice. “Unfortunately, I don’t have health insurance anymore so this settlement amount will barely cover the costs of getting the rest of the mesh removed - my partner can still feel it and sex is so painful; this transvaginal mesh has almost wrecked our relationship.”
Before Janice can have the mesh removed she needs to find a surgeon willing to perform the surgery. “I don’t know of anyone here in Seattle who can remove the mesh, so having to travel, maybe to another state, will also be costly…”
“Although AMS was able to wrap up a bunch of cases in these first settlements, it is anticipated that many law firms are fighting for more money than the reported settlement range,” said Chris Janish, CEO of MT Services LLC, a Lawsuit Settlement News Reporting company. “We have seen firsthand many clients obtaining larger settlement awards, some as high as a $450K where the injuries are serious. We encourage women who are having mesh related issues and require a revision surgery to seek legal consultation immediately to see if they are eligible for a legal settlement due to mesh complications.”
Marilyn (not her real name) had AMS transvaginal surgery to correct urinary stress incontinence about the same time as Janice. Like Janice and very likely more than 20,000 other women, she has been suffering with pain for five years.
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As Chris Janish has advised, seek legal help sooner than later: the statute of limitations may apply to your claim.