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Transvaginal Mesh (TVM)
Group Action

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE ACTION

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Be Heard. Help Other Women. Get the Compensation You Deserve.

Are you among the more than 100,000 women in the UK who were fitted with a transvaginal mesh (TVM) implant between 1 January, 2009 and present? If so, you may be eligible to join our group action and claim compensation.

The TVM plastic, known to erode and disintegrate and slice through organs and vaginal walls, has maimed thousands of women like you, causing debilitating pelvic pain and other complications following surgery to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or female stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Facing limited treatment options, many women have endured additional surgeries to remove the mesh and repair damaged tissue.

We believe you and know your pain is real.

For far too long women’s pain has been ignored and dismissed by the medical profession whilst 15,000 women in the UK each year have continued to receive vaginal mesh implants. Stop suffering in silence.

SPG Law is dedicated to amplifying Your Voice and championing You

We have assembled a powerful team of the UK’s leading solicitors and barristers reinforced with the financial resources and tested expertise of American class action lawyers to ensure that your case is aggressively litigated against the transvaginal mesh manufacturers responsible for your medical complications.

We are passionate about winning this group action! SPG Law’s American partners have represented and obtained compensation for over 15,000 women in the United States and have already won over $1 billion of compensation for consumers in similar cases.

We operate on a no-win, no-fee basis, and unlike other law firms, we cap our fees and aim to secure the maximum compensation owed to you for your pain and suffering and financial losses. We do everything for you and make your claim simple.

Join together with thousands of other indefatigable women in the UK and hold the mesh manufacturers to account!

AM I ELIGIBLE TO FILE A TVM CLAIM?

Mesh manufacturers failed to properly research, design and test their products and then sold these unreasonably dangerous devices without adequately warning women and the medical community about the risk of vaginal mesh failure. In the UK and around the world, thousands of women have been harmed as a result.

SPG Law is committed to seeking justice for these women.

If you have experienced any of the following side effects as a result of your TVM implant, you may be eligible for compensation:

Infection, pain, discomfort, allergic reaction or irritation near the surgery site

Chronic pain in pelvis, groin, legs, or feet

Bleeding

Difficulty urinating

Pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)

Organ perforation or mesh erosion into nearby organs and tissue (e.g. bladder, bowel, blood vessel)

Recurrent pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or female stress urinary incontinence (SUI)

WHAT KIND OF COMPENSATION WILL I RECEIVE?

SPG Law understands that no amount of money can repair bodies, broken families or the loss of loved ones that has resulted from TVM complications. In many cases, compensation can pay for the extensive treatments and multiple repair surgeries needed to survive and improve your quality of life. For many of our clients, compensation is more than money: it’s public vindication that the medical community should have listened to you and taken your concerns seriously. It’s a way to hold the mesh manufacturers to account and save other women from being harmed in the future.

We have litigated thousands of similar cases in the USA and have secured compensation for our clients for the following:

Medical expenses, including surgery to remove the implant

Loss of wages

Pain and suffering

Lower quality of life

Loss of consortium (loss of marital relations)

We are committed to achieving the same levels of maximum compensation for your claim.

SPG LAW IS AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED LAW FIRM

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reasons to take action

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BE HEARD

Join thousands of other women to stand against mesh manufacturers and let your voice be heard.

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RAISE AWARENESS

Help other women learn about the dangers of the TVM surgery.

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FINANCIAL GAIN

Receive compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, and loss of wages.

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WE MAKE IT SIMPLE

SPG will ensure that the process is simple and straightforward.

The scandal

In the US, more than 100,000 lawsuits have been filed against transvaginal mesh manufacturers with claimants receiving millions of dollars in compensation. Despite losing in court and scientific evidence substantiating the risks of vaginal mesh failure, medical device manufacturers continue to market globally transvaginal mesh as a very simple and quick fix for women diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or female stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Currently, in the UK, there are approximately 100 types of vaginal mesh implants. To date, not one model has been recalled.

Shockingly, mesh devices were never tested for safety prior to going to market. Any attempts to require more stringent clinical testing have been stifled by the medical device manufacturing industry who claim that such efforts at improved patient safety impede innovation and drive up costs. The depth and breadth of this scandal is appalling-- the risks associated with TVM implants have been known for decades with widespread complications continuing to devastate the lives of thousands of women:

Timeline
  • Jan 1, 1970
    1970s

    Gynecologists began to use surgical mesh to treat POP and SUI

  • Jan 1, 1970
    1976

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is given authority to regulate medical devices. Surgical mesh given classification that exempts it from safety testing before going to market.

  • Jan 1, 1970
    1996

    FDA approves first transvaginal mesh product for use in treating SUI 

  • Jan 1, 1970
    1998

    FDA inspects mesh manufacturer Boston Scientific’s facilities after determining the problems related to vaginal mesh were worse than reported.

  • Jan 1, 1970
    1999

    Boston Scientific voluntarily recalls its mesh device ProtoGen

  • Oct 2, 2018
    Early 2000s

    Mesh implants became commonplace medical devices to treat POP and SUI across the US with thousands of women reporting complications post-surgery. By 2003, several hundred of the first TVM lawsuits were settled.

  • Jan 1, 1970
    2005

    UK National Institute of Health and Excellence (NICE) first stresses the need to inform women of the long-term outcomes of transvaginal mesh surgery.

  • Jan 1, 1970
    2008

    FDA first alerts practitioners of the medical complications associated with transvaginal mesh in a review it releases which identifies serious safety concerns and adverse events.

  • Jan 1, 1970
    Jan 2017

    FDA rule goes into effect changing the classification of surgical mesh to require premarket approval

  • Jan 1, 1970
    Dec 2017

    NICE recommends restricting the use of mesh in prolapse to research only

  • Jan 1, 1970
    July 2018

    UK issues a temporary ban on surgical mesh for SUI until March 2019

  • Jan 1, 1970
    Present

    TVM lawsuits continue to be settled in the US as cases proliferate surpassing more than 100,000 with millions of dollars awarded. SPG Law brings its expertise to the UK to help women globally get justice and the compensation they deserve.

mesh manufacturers' guilt

“Sex is like screwing a wire brush according to her spouse,”

the doctor wrote.

 “I’ve never tried the wire brush thing so I won’t comment,”

manufacturer reply.

 

Email from Martin Weisberg, Ethicon’s medical director at Johnson & Johnson, to surgeon who sought advice on treating a patient with a 2cm piece of mesh perforating her vaginal wall.

“[The company needs to start a] major damage control offensive [because] the competition will have a field day.”

 

Leaked email from Johnson & Johnson suggesting it has known problems existed with one of its mesh devices since 2004.

“Stop for a while such publications that could compromise the future.”

 

Internal email reply from Xavier Buchon, Ethicon’s director of sales at Johnson & Johnson, upon learning from initial data that the success rate for a new device looked to be “way below” those seen from previous products.

“I am continually amazed and surprised at our need to push back.”

 

Judi Gauld, Ethicon’s former clinical director in Scotland at Johnson & Johnson in an internal email addressing complaints from fellow J&J staff of colleagues “constantly spinning data” and the dangerous blurring of the “lines between commercial and research” divisions.

If mesh manufacturers know the irreparable harm and permanent side effects that transvaginal mesh complications have caused, why do they continue to deny many women compensation?

FAQs

Q. I HAD MY VAGINAL MESH IMPLANT REMOVED. AM I STILL ELIGIBLE TO MAKE A CLAIM?

A. Yes, whether or not your vaginal mesh implant was removed, you are eligible to make a claim.  In some cases, women who have had one or more surgeries to remove the mesh implant may be eligible for additional compensation due the extensive pain and suffering they endured.

Q. HOW MUCH COMPENSATION WILL I RECEIVE?

A. The level of compensation you may receive can vary based on a number of factors, including:

  • How long you suffered severe side effects of the mesh implant
  • The severity of the side effects you’ve experienced
  • Medical costs of treatment to resolve or manage these side effects
  • Loss of wages due to inability to work as a result of medical problems related to the device

Q. WILL I HAVE TO GO TO COURT?

A. Probably not.  If mesh manufacturers insist on defending the case all the way to trial, then a handful of Claimants (likely between 30 and 50) will be selected out of the tens of thousands who we believe will participate in the action in order to give evidence.  Anyway, going to court is nothing to be afraid of-- mesh manufacturers are in the wrong!

Q. WHAT WILL IT COST ME TO BRING THE CLAIM AGAINST MESH MANUFACTURERS?

A. Nothing upfront.  In signing up, you will be asked to enter into a “no win, no fee” agreement with us.  Under the terms of this agreement, you will only be liable to pay our fees and expenses, as well as those of barristers, funders and insurers, if the case is successful.  The exact amount you will pay will depend upon how long the case takes, how much time the lawyers need to spend on it, and the level of compensation obtained. Unlike some other firms, we cap our fees at a maximum of 35% of damages (although the actual deduction from your damages may be much lower) and unlike some other firms, we aim to secure the maximum compensation owed to you for your pain and suffering and financial losses.

Q. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SIGN UP?

A. Couple of minutes.  Once you have signed up, we will be back in touch with you within the next few weeks to obtain the rest of the information which is necessary in order for you to participate in the Group Litigation.

Q. WHAT INFORMATION DO I NEED TO SUBMIT TO SIGN UP?

A. Name, email, and phone number.

Q. HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M ELIGIBLE FOR COMPENSATION?

A. Your information will be reviewed and then it will be determined if you are eligible to join the group litigation-- all at no cost to you.  There is no risk and all of your information is kept confidential.

Q. WHICH MESH MANUFACTURERS ARE YOU SUING?

A. There are many mesh manufacturers we will be pursuing action against-- too many to list here!  Some of the more prevalent devices are made by the following manufacturers:

 

  • American Medical Systems: Pogee, Perigee, Mini-Arc Sling, Monarc Subfascial Hammock, Influence In-Fast, In-Fast Ultra, IntePro Y sling, Elevate with IntePro, Intexen, Bio-Arc and Sparc
  • Boston Scientific: Pinnacle, Advantage, obtryx, Lynx, Prefyx, Solyx and Posterior Uphold
  • C.R. Bard: Uretex, Pelvisoft, Avaulta, Pelvilace, Pelvicol, Align and Pelvitex
  • Johnson & Johnson: Gynecare, Gynemesh and Prolene Mesh
  • Coloplast: ARIS TOT and NovaSilk
  • Caldera Medical: T-Sling and Desara

Q. WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO RECEIVE MY COMPENSATION?

A. All of the lawyers in the action are committed to obtaining compensation on your behalf as quickly as possible.  As the mesh manufacturers are some of the largest and richest companies in the world, however, it may be necessary to take them to court.  If a quick settlement is achieved, you may receive your compensation in the next six months, but if the mesh manufacturers choose to continue to fight, it could take two to three years.

Q. HOW WILL YOU BRING MY CLAIM?

A. Your claim will likely be brought as part of a Group Litigation Order (a “GLO”) which is the mechanism by which the courts in England and Wales manage thousands of cases which are all brought together at the same time.  

Q. WHAT LAWS ARE BEING USED TO BRING THE CLAIM AGAINST THE MESH MANUFACTURERS?

A. The Consumer Protection Act 1987 and the Law of Negligence.

Q. WILL I HAVE TO PAY THE MESH MANUFACTURERS COSTS IF THE CLAIM IS LOST?

A. No. We will arrange all necessary insurance and funding on your behalf.

Q. WHY ARE FUNDERS AND INSURERS INVOLVED IN THE ACTION?

A. The mesh manufacturers are some of the largest companies in the world with unlimited resources to spend to seek to prevent you from receiving your compensation.  Millions of pounds of funding and insurance is, therefore, necessary in order to be able to bring the action against them.

Q. I WORK FOR A MESH MANUFACTURER, AM I STILL ELIGIBLE TO JOIN THIS GROUP LITIGATION?

A. Yes, if you work for a mesh manufacturer and have or previously had a transvaginal mesh implant, you may be eligible to make a claim.

Q. CAN I BRING A CLAIM IF I RESIDE IN SCOTLAND, NORTHERN IRELAND, THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND, THE CHANNEL ISLANDS OR ISLE OF MAN?

A. You won’t be able to join the Group Litigation in England and Wales, but you should still sign up with us anyway.  We will liaise with lawyers in those jurisdictions to seek to obtain your compensation, or alternatively, negotiate directly with the mesh manufacturers on your behalf.