At first Jackie was denied long-term disability benefits. Her insurance company decided that she had a pre-existing condition, referring to her pelvic organ prolapse condition. “I wasn’t in pain with the POP; I just had urinary problems and I never needed to take time off work before this TVT sling was implanted,” she explains.
“Now I'm dealing with physical pain and financial and emotional stress.”
Jackie isn’t thrilled with the latest transvaginal mesh settlement. “This amount of money, which is about $20,000 more than another mesh manufacturer agreed to pay, is like an insult,” says Jackie. “I can’t get all of this mesh removed, and believe me, I have tried. I can’t go back to work until it is all taken out of me, or until the pain ends, whatever comes first.”
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Her short-term disability benefits just rolled into long-term and she has no idea when she can return to work. Jackie worked in retail - she was on her feet most of the day. Even with painkillers, she can’t stand, let alone walk, for more than a few hours. “I finally found a doctor to remove the mesh but he didn’t get it all out. Apparently he was only able to take out the bottom part of the sling so I have to go back for yet another surgery - hopefully the last.”
Transvaginal mesh settlement