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Iowa Newspaper Reports on Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

transvaginal_mesh_mdl_2013_settlements_side_effects_court_filing_lawsuitsOne woman’s transvaginal mesh story has become the subject of an article published in The Gazette, a newspaper based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Frances Shulte, who was interviewed by the Iowa publication, underwent surgery to receive an implant of transvaginal mesh in 2005 to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI).

Her personal experience involving an incredible amount of pain and suffering is similar to that of thousands of other women who also received an implant of transvaginal mesh.

According to The Gazette, Shulte’s transvaginal mesh eroded, which is an all too common defect of certain types of mesh products. When transvaginal mesh begins to erode inside of the body, it can cause damage to internal organs and severe pain during any kind of movement.

In an effort to raise awareness of life-altering side effects, such as transvaginal mesh erosion, and to prevent future implants of defective mesh, Shulte has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the product that she used.

A West Virginia federal court is currently managing seven transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigations (MDLs). Thousands of lawsuits have been consolidated into this West Virginia federal court targeted at Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, C.R. Bard, American Medical Systems, Cook Medical, Boston Scientific, Coloplast, and Neomedic, the latter being the latest medical device manufacturer to be added to the transvaginal mesh MDL roster.

As a national law firm providing legal representation to victims of defective medical devices, Carey Danis & Lowe is familiar with Shulte’s transvaginal mesh story. Our team of transvaginal mesh lawyers encourages you to begin exploring your legal options and compensation eligibility today.

If, like Shulte, you would like to ensure that women are no longer injured by defective transvaginal mesh, Carey Danis & Lowe is available now to listen to your own transvaginal mesh story, and to guide you through the process of filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit against your mesh manufacturer.

Rumored Dismissal of First Ethicon MDL Bellwether Case

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

ethicon johson johnsonThe first transvaginal mesh lawsuit in the Ethicon multidistrict litigation (MDL) in a West Virginia federal court has reportedly discontinued proceedings following a ruling for dismissal handed down by the court.

The plaintiff in the case, Carolyn Lewis, filed her transvaginal mesh lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon after sustaining injuries that she believes were caused by a product manufactured by Ethicon that provides structural support to failing pelvic muscles. Lewis claims that the Ethicon device was poorly designed, and resulted in her sustaining serious internal injuries.

In a number of cases involving defective transvaginal mesh, certain devices prove to be incompatible for long-term internal use, and they begin to shrink, harden, and erode, all while still implanted in the patient. Transvaginal mesh erosion is one of the most commonly reported adverse events, and causes serious injuries to the patient, including organ damage.

As expressed in the Bloomberg article, it has still not yet been verified with the court if the Lewis case has in fact been rejected, an outcome that would relieve Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon of responsibility for the plaintiff’s injuries.

The transvaginal mesh attorneys at Carey Danis & Lowe are eager to see the impact that this first bellwether case has on the remaining bellwether cases in the Ethicon MDL. Carey Danis & Lowe is a plaintiff’s litigation law firm headquartered in St. Louis, with additional offices across the country. Our team of litigators represents victims of defective medical devices, among them transvaginal mesh products.

Though the first bellwether case has reportedly been rejected, such an outcome should not discourage anyone who believes that they have been injured by a transvaginal mesh product from seeking legal assistance. Carey Danis & Lowe encourages you to begin exploring your legal options and your eligibility for compensation today in a free initial consultation.

Our lawyers are available now to hear your transvaginal mesh story. Call us at 800.721.2519, or complete a confidential personal injury claim form.

J&J and Ethicon to Pay Penalty for Document Mishandling

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

Boston Scientific Ordered to Release Defective Transvaginal Mesh DocumentsBoston Scientific Ordered to Release Defective Transvaginal Mesh DocumentsJohnson & Johnson and Ethicon mishandled internal documents that were of great importance in the Ethicon multidistrict litigation (MDL) being heard in West Virginia. As a result, U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl Eifert penalized Johnson & Johnson, and their subsidiary, Ethicon, by ordering them to pay a fine.

The court is still deciding on the penalty amount.

It is unclear if Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, the medical device manufacturer behind the Gynecare Prolift transvaginal mesh product, purposefully destroyed the internal documents in question. Since purposeful destruction was never proven, Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon were not dealt more severe penalties.

There are over 16,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits pending in the Ethicon MDL in West Virginia. The Ethicon MDL is In re: Ethicon, Inc. Pelvic Repair Systems Product Liability Litigation MDL no. 2327, and is being heard in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

Victims of transvaginal mesh, including those who received an implant of the Ethicon Gynecare Prolift, have contacted Carey Danis & Lowe for legal assistance. The team of class action attorneys at Carey Danis & Lowe currently represents many women across the United States in transvaginal mesh lawsuits.

Explore your legal options and eligibility for compensation with Carey Danis & Lowe today. Schedule an appointment to meet with one of our attorneys in person at one of our four locations. We have law offices in Missouri, Illinois, and Florida.

Our attorneys are also available to discuss your case over the phone. Contact our law offices by calling 800.721.2519.

You can also contact us by completing a personal injury claim form.

UK Doctors Warn Patients of Yasmin & Yaz Side Effects

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized, Yaz/Yasmin

yaz_lawsuit_yasmin_side_effects_lawsuits_dvt_blood_clot_settlementsAn article recently published by UK news organization the Daily Mail describes the country’s increased efforts in requiring physicians to adequately warn patients of the risks of using certain kinds of oral contraceptives. The article specifically mentions the oral contraceptive drug, Yasmin, which is manufactured by Bayer, the pharmaceutical company behind Yaz.

Health officials in the UK announced their new initiative amid reports that newer types of oral contraceptives place women at two times the risk of developing blood clots.

Both Yasmin and Yaz contain a newer type of synthetic hormone, what is called a third-generation progestin. A number of these third-generation progestins have been linked to an increased risk in the development of blood clots. Drospirenone, the type of progestin present in both Yasmin and Yaz, as well as generic counterpart Ocella, is just such a progestin that has been linked through numerous studies to a higher risk of venous thromboembolism.

The personal injury and defective drug lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe are encouraged to see health officials in the United Kingdom act on the serious threats posed by Yasmin and Yaz to patient health and safety.

Carey Danis & Lowe represents victims of Yasmin and Yaz across the United States. If you believe that you have been injured by Yasmin or Yaz, we welcome you to begin exploring your legal options and eligibility for compensation today with a Carey Danis & Lowe attorney. Our initial case evaluations are free.

Carey Danis & Lowe is available to listen to your story today. Share with us how Yasmin or Yaz has impacted your health and quality of life. Contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or complete one of our confidential personal injury claim forms.

NuvaRing User Suffered Life-Altering Blood Clots

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, NuvaRing, Uncategorized

nuvaringThe Huffington Post recently published an article in which the author describes her experience using the NuvaRing contraceptive device. Writing for the Huffington Post, Nancy Polanco describes using the NuvaRing for less than two months before landing in the emergency room.

Polanco’s NuvaRing nightmare began when she was having difficulty exercising. Later, she struggled to breathe to such as degree that she had to go to the emergency room, where doctors discovered that she had dangerously low oxygen levels. The reason for her breathing troubles and low oxygen levels were the result of her use of the NuvaRing.

Polanco had developed blood clots in her lungs, a condition known as a pulmonary embolism.

Now, Polanco, along with many other women who have used this contraceptive device, believes that NuvaRing’s manufacturer, Merck, failed to make users aware of the contraceptive device’s life-threatening and life-altering side effects.

In addition to the formation of blood clots, patients who use the NuvaRing have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

This increased risk of blood clot formation, heart attack, and stroke are due to the newer kind of hormone used in the NuvaRing, a third-generation progestin known as etonogestrel. As documented in numerous epidemiological studies, etonogestrel has a strong connection to blood clot formation.

The St. Louis class action attorneys at Carey Danis & Lowe represent victims of defective drugs and medical devices. We are currently providing legal counsel to a number of women who claim to have been injured by the NuvaRing contraceptive device. If you believe that you have been harmed by the NuvaRing, Carey Danis & Lowe encourages you to explore your legal options with one of our NuvaRing lawyers today. Our initial consultations are free.

If you are concerned about the impacts that the NuvaRing has on patient health and safety, in particular NuvaRing and blood clots, Carey Danis & Lowe works alongside a team of medical professionals. Our nurses and medical experts are available to answer your health questions.

Share your NuvaRing story with Carey Danis & Lowe today. Contact us by phone at 800.721.2519, or complete a confidential personal injury claim form.

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Australian Women Considering Yaz Class Action Lawsuit

By | Pharmaceutical litigation, Uncategorized, Yaz/Yasmin

yaz_lawsuit_bayer_multidistrict_litigation_yaz_settlements_yaz_yasmin_lawsuit_settlementsHundreds of women in Australia are considering filing a class action lawsuit targeted at Bayer, the pharmaceutical company behind the contraceptive pills Yaz and Yasmin. The latest reports estimate that the class action lawsuit could involve 600 women.

As cited in the article from Australia’s 7 News, the British Medical Journal published studies, including one from 2011, whose data demonstrated a three fold increased risk of blood clots in women using Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella, the generic equivalent of Yaz, in comparison to those women using other kinds of contraceptive drugs.

Many of the women who are considering filing a Yaz lawsuit against Bayer have experienced serious side effects, some of which became so serious, hospitalization was necessary. One such victim, an Australian woman interviewed for the 7 News article, experienced a stroke that she believes is the result of having used Yaz.

The woman is considering legal action for the purposes of discontinuing the manufacture of drugs like Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella. An additional motivating factor is to prevent other women from experiencing a Yaz related stroke.

The St. Louis class action attorneys at Carey Danis & Lowe represent individuals in lawsuits filed across the United States who have been negatively affected by defective drugs. We work diligently for our clients to win them the day in court they they so rightfully deserve. Contact our experienced trial lawyers today to explore your legal options and compensation eligibility if you believe that you have sustained a serious injury as the result of using either Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella.

Carey Danis & Lowe is ready to work with you. Share your Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella story with us today. Contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or complete a confidential personal injury claim form.

Two Ethicon MDL Bellwether Cases Rescheduled

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

Boston Scientific Ordered to Release Defective Transvaginal Mesh DocumentsBoston Scientific Ordered to Release Defective Transvaginal Mesh DocumentsThe latest news relating to transvaginal mesh lawsuits involves a new court document filed in a federal court in West Virginia. The court document relates to the rescheduling of forthcoming bellwether trials in the Ethicon multidistrict litigation (MDL).

Two cases selected for the bellwether process, Dianne M. Bellew v. Ethicon and Brenda Lehrer v. Ethicon, were scheduled to begin in August 2014.

However, U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin has rescheduled the cases to be heard starting December 2014.

The court document did not disclose the reasons for rescheduling these two bellwether cases.

The Ethicon MDL is In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation MDL no. 2327, and is being heard in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Charleston Division.

The lawsuits consolidated into the Ethicon MDL charge medical device manufacturer, Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, with producing defective transvaginal mesh products that victims allege have caused serious injuries. One of the most common transvaginal mesh side effects is mesh erosion, wherein the product hardens and erodes inside of the body resulting in organ damage.

Carey Danis & Lowe is a national law firm that is currently representing victims of transvaginal mesh. For those who believe that their injuries are the result of defective transvaginal mesh, contact one of our medical device lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe to explore your legal options in a free and confidential case evaluation.

Carey Danis & Lowe Notes February Ethicon MDL Bellwether Trial

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

St. Louis, Missouri (PRWEB) January 27, 2014

tvm_lawsuit_transvaginal_mesh_lawsuit_multidistrict_litigation_lawsuits_mdlThe Ethicon multidistrict litigation (MDL), which is being heard in a West Virginia federal court, continues to make significant progress early in this new year as the court prepares for the first bellwether trial in February. As a personal injury litigation firm that provides legal counsel to those who have been harmed by defective medical devices, Carey Danis & Lowe is encouraged by the news that the first bellwether trial in the Ethicon MDL will begin on February 10, 2014.

According to court documents, the Ethicon MDL bellwether process begins with a case that involves the plaintiff, Carolyn Lewis. The plaintiff’s transvaginal mesh lawsuit will be the first to be heard in federal court, and is Lewis, et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al., 2:12-cv-04301. Lewis’s case has been chosen by both parties and the presiding judge, Honorable Joseph R. Goodwin, for the bellwether process as it is deemed representative of the over 13,000 cases filed in the Ethicon MDL.

The Ethicon MDL is In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation MDL no. 2327 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.

As a national law firm providing legal services in personal injury cases, including those involving defective transvaginal mesh products, Carey Danis & Lowe will closely watch the Ethicon MDL bellwether trial, as the result of the Lewis case will have an important impact on state and federal cases.

Carey Danis & Lowe is currently offering free and confidential case evaluations to those individuals who believe that their injuries stem from a defective mesh implant. Carey Danis & Lowe invites injured parties to explore available legal options with the assistance of one of their attorneys.

As the law firm of Carey Danis & Lowe strives to provide both legal and medical counseling services, part of the Carey Danis & Lowe team is a group of nurses and medical professionals available to answer the pressing questions of women concerned about transvaginal mesh and patient health and safety.

For more information about legal and medical counseling services provided by Carey Danis & Lowe, call 800-721-2519.

About Carey Danis & Lowe

Carey Danis & Lowe is a plaintiff’s litigation firm based in St. Louis, Missouri with law offices across the United States in Illinois, Missouri, and Florida. Carey Danis & Lowe specializes in defective drug and pharmaceutical litigation and class action lawsuits. The Carey Danis & Lowe team is comprised of experienced attorneys working alongside knowledgeable and professional staff that includes medical doctors, nurses, and information technology specialists. Contact Carey Danis & Lowe at 800-721-2519 for more information about our legal services.

Ethicon MDL: First Bellwether Trial Begins February 2014

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

ethicon johson johnsonThe first bellwether trial to be heard in the Ethicon multidistrict litigation (MDL) in West Virginia will begin on February 10, 2014. According to a court document filed in mid-December, the bellwether case involves plaintiff Carolyn Lewis.

MDLs are established to provide an efficient legal process. Thus, cases selected to be heard during the bellwether process should be representative. In this particular instance, the court has agreed that the case selected for the first bellwether trial in February is representative of a majority of cases in the Ethicon MDL, of which there are approximately 13,000.

The case is Carolyn Lewis, et al. v. Johnson & Johnson, et al. It will be heard in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The Ethicon MDL is In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation MDL no. 2327, and is being presided over by U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

Before the first bellwether trial begins, the court will convene for a pretrial conference on January 16, 2014.

The St. Louis class action attorneys at Carey Danis & Lowe represent victims of defective medical devices, including Ethicon mesh products. If you believe that you were injured by a transvaginal mesh product, our Ethicon lawyers encourage you to explore your legal options today in a free initial consultation. We can also assist with filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit.

Furthermore, we are proud to provide those injured by transvaginal mesh with both legal and medical resources. Carey Danis & Lowe has a team of on-staff medical experts available to listen closely to your concerns about how transvaginal mesh may have impacted your health, and to provide you with actionable solutions.

Carey Danis & Lowe is here to listen to you transvaginal mesh story right now. Contact us by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim form.

New Order Filed in C.R. Bard Mesh MDL

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

cr_bard_transvaginal_mesh_lawsuit_claims_settlementsThe C.R. Bard multidistrict litigation (MDL) in West Virginia is seeking to gather a precise enumeration of transvaginal mesh lawsuits targeted against mesh manufacturer C.R. Bard. According to a pretrial order filed on December 31, 2013, the presiding judge, U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin, believes that conducting a census of all lawsuits, either those pending in the C.R. Bard MDL or those cases yet to be filed, will lead to a more efficient legal process.

Information on each case, whether filed or yet to be filed, will be collected via a spreadsheet, and submitted to the court by mid-January 2014. The spreadsheet requires plaintiffs to provide data on implanted transvaginal mesh products, the removal of mesh products, and dates of surgical operations.

The St. Louis class action attorneys at Carey Danis & Lowe are optimistic about the future of the C.R. Bard MDL in light of this pretrial order. The census is an indicator that the court is dedicated to efficiency, which works in the favor of all parties involved, most especially victims of defective mesh products.

Carey Danis & Lowe represents those who believe that they were injured by a transvaginal mesh product, including C.R. Bard Avaulta mesh. Explore your legal options with a Carey Danis & Lowe transvaginal mesh attorney in a free initial consultation.

In an effort to provide those injured by defective medical devices with more than legal assistance, Carey Danis & Lowe works with an on-staff team of medical experts available to provide you with detailed information about transvaginal mesh and patient health and safety.

Carey Danis & Lowe is here to listen to your transvaginal mesh story. Contact us today by calling 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim form.