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1-3% of women suffer from Vaginal Mesh Implant complications: why!!

by Ridley&Hall in Daxa Patel, Medical Negligence posted June 8, 2018.

There have been stories in the news of late of traumatised mesh implant cases following a vaginal mesh implant. Most women appear to have had this implant 4 or 5 years ago but were left with serious pain and complications.  Embarrassed and fearful that their symptoms would be dismissed out of hand, these women have been found it had to talk about this.

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Jeremy Hunt has announced plans to invest £1.1. Million to develop a database for vaginal mesh which would help identify safety issues. Daxa Patel, our Litigation and Clinical Negligence Partner comments: “While this is a step in the right direction and helpful what needs to be addressed is how these victims can receive compensation and closure for the unnecessary pain they have had to ensure without a protracted fight to get justice. Many women have had to have several revision surgeries to get some relief and have lost years of their life due to these implants. This is no small matter. ”

Vaginal mesh implants have been used to treat pelvic organ prolapse in women. Most women went through the procedure with confidence and trust thinking the procedure and the implant was both safe and in their best interest. Transvaginal mesh (TVMs) is a medical product used by many uro-gynaecological surgeons treating these women with a pelvic prolapse. Aside from the potential use of a defective product these women have suffered distress, discomfort and in some cases excruciating pain requiring additional surgery years after the implant.

The common problems caused include bleeding, erosion into other organs, organ perforation, erosion of the vaginal tissues, incontinence and difficulty passing urine. There is also an emotional and psychological impact which is often underestimated.

Who can make a Claim?

If you have suffered needless pain and complications as a result of a vaginal mesh implant resulting in revision or excision surgeries you may be able to claim compensation.

So what are the time limits for making such a claim?

There are strict time limits in law for making a claim and it is important that if you think there was negligence you seek legal advice at the earliest opportunity.

The law allows the claimant three years within which to make a claim. This is either three years from the date of the negligent incident or from the date of knowledge from when the claimant became aware of the negligence. If the claimant is not able to confirm the date of knowledge then it is best to assume that the three year period runs from the date of the incident so as to ensure the claim is made within the limitation period otherwise the claim could be out of time.

Claims due to a defective product must be brought within 10 years from the date the producer put the product into circulation.

Why use us?

As clinical negligence lawyers, we understand the physical and emotional trauma this defective medical product can cause.

If you or your loved one has suffered an injury from a vaginal mesh implant then our team of lawyers can help you claim compensation. Please contact us for a free consultation by calling us on 0800 8 60 62 65.

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