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Medical Lending & Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

transvaginal_mesh_lawsuit_settlements_mdl_multidistrict_litigation_class_action_lawsuit_vaginal_mesh_fda_lawsuitsImagine this: you’ve filed a transvaginal mesh lawsuit and one day, the pain and discomfort you’ve been suffering through on account of your mesh device pushes you to the edge. You decide that now’s the time to change things, to remove your transvaginal mesh device. But, there’s one thing holding you back―the cost of the surgery.

That’s where medical lending companies come in.

According to a recent Reuters article, medical funding has become a big business when it comes to transvaginal mesh removal surgeries.

These medical lending companies seek out plaintiffs in transvaginal mesh lawsuits. The company absorbs the cost of the surgery, and tells the patient that they’ll expect payment plus interest once the lawsuit reaches a settlement.

This is the exact point where these companies make their money.

They charge astronomical amounts for mesh removal surgeries, and also tack on high interest rates. In the Reuters article, a medical funder, MedStar, charged a plaintiff a 50% annual interest rate.

For that particular plaintiff, Traci Rizzo, MedStar’s charges weren’t made clear to her until she received her transvaginal mesh settlement, along with MedStar’s payment request. The request amount came as a huge surprise to her.

Though it’s true that these medical lenders are allowing very injured women to receive the surgical operations they so desperately need, the argument can also be made that these companies are also taking advantage of vaginal mesh victims.

According to Reuters, MedStar is no longer in operation. However, for anyone looking to a medical funder for financial help for a transvaginal mesh removal surgery, it is highly recommended to keep in mind what happened to Traci Rizzo, and women like her, before making a decision.


Have you been injured by transvaginal mesh? If so, Carey Danis & Lowe can help you.

We have a team of experienced trial attorneys who are currently investigating transvaginal mesh cases. Contact our law firm for a free case evaluation, and one of our lawyers can guide you through your legal options, compensation eligibility, and whether filing a transvaginal mesh lawsuit is right for you.

You can reach Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519, or by completing a confidential personal injury claim form.


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Report Says Transvaginal Mesh Is Safe, But Why Are Women In Pain?

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

transvaginalmeshlawsuitKath Ransom was a vibrant exercise devotee, enjoying high board diving, mountain biking and boxing. Now, due to transvaginal mesh surgery, Kath can barely walk due to pain in her legs and groin. Exercise is not an option.

Urinary incontinence, triggered by coughing or sneezing, led Kath to a “quick 20 minute” procedure to insert a transvaginal mesh sling to support the urethra. Stress incontinence is a common issue for women after childbirth. Kath has 2 children.

Doctors told her that she could return to work a week after the operation. However, 7 days after the surgery, the slightest movement caused severe pain in her groin and legs. The debilitating pain continues to incapacitate her.

After Googling her symptoms, she realized that the mesh was causing her problems.

Feeling the need to reach out to other victims, Kath started the “Sling the Mesh” Awareness Campaign. Hers is the latest in a series of programs including Meshies United, Scottish Mesh Survivors and Messed Up Mesh.

The Cochrane Review, an independent study on the effectiveness of mesh surgery concluded that the procedures have a “good safety profile.” It’s no surprise that the findings have shocked campaigners and the surgeons who specialize in mesh removal.

Critics of the report say that clinical trials are often funded by the medical device makers, calling in to question the studies’ impartiality. Additionally, the report focused on whether the incontinence problem was solved, not on whether women developed issues up to 5 years after the operation.

The report itself acknowledges that moderate-quality evidence was used for most of the results.

The faulty report is a concern for campaigners because they think the review will give officials and legislators the wrong idea that the mesh is safe. The pain and suffering of thousands of women point to a different conclusion.

Cary Danis & Lowe Can Help

If you or someone you know is suffering pain as a result of transvaginal mesh surgery, contact an experienced mesh defect attorney at Carey Danis & Lowe today for a free legal consultation. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your physical and emotional suffering, and for your financial and medical losses.

For more information about filing a mesh lawsuit, contact Carey Danis & Lowe at 800.721.2519 or send us an email.

UK Women Call for Transvaginal Tape Surgery Ban

By | Product Liability, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

transvaginal_mesh_mdl_2013_settlements_side_effects_court_filing_lawsuitsHundreds of women in the United Kingdom are demanding that Transvaginal Tape (TVT) operations be suspended.

These women have been devastated by a variety of disorders from chronic pain to the inability to walk, resulting from the procedure to stop stress incontinence. They weren’t made aware of the potential life changing risks from the surgery.

Kath Sansom had the operation, involving the implant of an artificial mesh tape to support the bladder. Now the mother-of-two wishes she had never attempted to fix the minor problem.

Ms. Ransom was a self-described fitness junkie, participating in boxing, swimming and high diving before the surgery. Now she’s lucky if she can walk for 15 minutes before she gets dizzy and develops intense pain.

She launched the Sling the Mesh campaign, calling for TVT surgery to be suspended and for the government to create stricter policies for approving medical devices. She got the campaign idea from a neighboring country: Scotland placed a ban on the surgery in 2014.

In England approximately 13,000 women have TVT surgery every year. Officially, in 2010, 603 TVT surgeries were reversed. However only 15 adverse incident reports were made to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Many women don’t know where to report their grievances. Kath Sansom intends to change that by calling attention to the problem with her campaign.

Carey Danis & Lowe Attorneys Can Help

The St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Carey Danis & Lowe are experts on transvaginal tape cases and are providing free legal evaluations. If you or someone you know has been harmed by transvaginal mesh products, please tell us about your case.

If you have questions about transvaginal mesh and the accompanying health complications, ask questions of our on-staff medical experts. Our team is here to support you with professional legal and medical advice.

Woman Suffers Mirena IUD Complication

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Mirena, Uncategorized

Mirena IUD and perforationA woman who suffered Mirena IUD complications wants other women who use this intrauterine contraceptive device to get frequent checkups. The woman, plagued for years with chronic pain, shared her story with Lawyers and Settlements.

After three years of hip pain, the woman finally saw a doctor about a solution.

The doctor discovered the source of the woman’s pain―the Mirena IUD. During the procedure to place the Mirena IUD in the woman’s body, the device pierced her uterine wall, and migrated to her hip.

Ultimately, the woman underwent surgery to remove the Mirena IUD.

Carey Danis & Lowe works with women who experienced Mirena IUD complications, including uterine wall perforation, migration, and chronic pain. Our team of defective medical device lawyers understand the depth of suffering caused by the Mirena IUD; we second the advice to get frequent checkups in order to prevent serious internal damage.

A Team That’s There For You

If you suffered Mirena IUD side effects, Carey Danis & Lowe can help.

Our attorneys are available to discuss your case, legal options, and compensation eligibility during a free evaluation. We also work with a team of medical professionals, who can listen to your health concerns, and offer informed advice.

Contact Carey Danis & Lowe by phone at 800.721.2519. You can also reach us online by completing a confidential personal injury claim form.

Johnson & Johnson Handed $5.7M Verdict in California Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

transvaginalmeshlawsuitThe jury in a California vaginal mesh lawsuit handed Johnson & Johnson, and their subsidiary, Ethicon, a $5.7 million verdict to be paid to the plaintiff for compensatory and punitive damages. After more than three days of deliberation, the jury agreed that Johnson & Johnson’s transvaginal mesh device, the Abbrevo, is defective.

Furthermore, the jury decided that Johnson & Johnson did not sufficiently educate health care providers and patients about the risks of using their Abbrevo vaginal mesh product.

The plaintiff in the case, Coleen Perry, received an implant of the Abbrevo device in 2011. According to Bloomberg, Perry experienced mesh erosion, and underwent further surgery to remove the Abbrevo device in 2012.

Johnson & Johnson has plans to appeal the verdict. An Ethicon spokesperson was quoted as saying, “Ethicon acted appropriately and responsibly” in handling all phases of bringing the Abbrevo transvaginal mesh device to market.

The defective medical device lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe are pleased by the jury’s verdict, as it will bring much deserved relief and closure to Perry and her family.

Legal Assistance for Mesh Victims

Carey Danis & Lowe currently represents women who have been injured by transvaginal mesh products, including Ethicon’s Abbrevo sling. If you or someone you love has been injured by transvaginal mesh, we encourage you to explore your legal options and compensation eligibility with one of our attorneys today.

Carey Danis & Lowe offers free, no obligation case evaluations.


Obtape Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits Settled in Georgia

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

obtape_lawsuit_settlementsOver 100 Obtape vaginal mesh lawsuits have been settled in the Obtape multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Georgia. The mesh lawsuit settlement covers 111 cases involving the Mentor Obtape Transobturator Sling.

Women who filed Obtape lawsuits targeted at Mentor, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, claimed to have suffered tremendous, life-changing injuries. These women received an Obtape implant to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI). As the Obtape is made from a defective sling material, one that has been described as too dense to be effective, the women in these cases often report that their health was better before receiving the Obtape implant.

As a result of the Obtape’s defective nature, these women experienced chronic pain, excessive discharge, and organ and tissue damage. Most, if not all, of these women had to undergo surgery to remove the Obtape implant.

The defective medical device lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe are pleased by the news of the Optape mesh lawsuit settlement. It is welcome news that so many women who have suffered will soon receive compensation for their injuries.

Legal Assistance for Mesh Victims

Carey Danis & Lowe is a St. Louis law firm specializing in defective medical device litigation. Our attorneys represent women and their families in vaginal mesh lawsuits.

If you or someone you love has been injured by vaginal mesh, we encourage you to reach out to one of our attorneys today to explore your legal options and compensation eligibility. Carey Danis & Lowe offers free, no-obligation case evaluations.

Share your vaginal mesh story with us. We are available to listen.


St. Louis Surgeon Gains Renown for Mesh Removal

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

transvaginalmeshsurgeryA St. Louis surgeon at Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur has gained a positive reputation among women who have visited him for transvaginal mesh removal surgery. The surgeon, Dr. Dionysios Veronikis, or Dr. V, as he is called by his patients, has seen women from all over the world.

As detailed in a recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch article, Dr. V’s patients have endured an incredible amount of pain as a result of their transvaginal mesh implants. For many women, this pain has altered their lives to the point where their movement became extremely limited, leading to a poor quality of life.

One of the women interviewed for the article described receiving a transvaginal mesh implant to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Though the implant solved her incontinence, it brought a new, and arguably, much worse health problem. The woman described being in severe pain doing any kind of movement. Continuing to live her life with the mesh was no longer an option for her, so she began her search for someone who could successfully remove it.

The woman flew to the U.S. from Australia, underwent the removal surgery, and thankfully, reported being pain-free following the surgery.

Severe pain is one of many transvaginal mesh side effects. Others include bleeding, organ damage, infection, painful intercourse, and urinary problems.

Thanks to Dr. V, many of the women who have been injured by transvaginal mesh can go back to enjoying life.

Carey Danis & Lowe Represents Mesh Victims

A St. Louis law firm practicing defective medical device litigation, Carey Danis & Lowe represents women across the U.S. in transvaginal mesh lawsuits. When you seek legal assistance from Carey Danis & Lowe, you can rest assured that our lawyers work tirelessly to recover losses for our clients.

We are currently accepting transvaginal mesh cases, and are available to provide you with our professional advice during a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

Share your transvaginal mesh story with Carey Danis & Lowe today. Call 800.721.2519, or submit a confidential personal injury claim form.

Vaginal Mesh Update: Jury Decides Boston Scientific Lawsuit

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

boston_scientifi_transvaginal_mesh_lawsuitThe latest transvaginal mesh lawsuit update involves the jury having ruled in the second Boston Scientific transvaginal mesh lawsuit to go to trial. The lawsuit was being heard in a state court in Massachusetts, and involved the plaintiff, Maria Cardenas.

According to Bloomberg, Cardenas filed her lawsuit against Boston Scientific after sustaining injuries from the Obtryx sling, which Cardenas received to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI).

Cardenas claimed that the Obtryx sling caused her such severe pain that she had to undergo surgery to have the medical device removed.

After 17 hours, the jury decided that the Obtryx sling is not a defectively designed product. In addition, they concluded that Boston Scientific did provide sufficient warning about the risks involved with use of their device.

Even though this particular jury ruled in favor of the device maker, the fact remains that thousands of women have been injured by transvaginal mesh and bladder slings. After extensive investigation into individual transvaginal mesh injury cases, it is clear to the defective medical device lawyers at Carey Danis & Lowe that these kinds of products pose a significant threat to patient health and safety.

Carey Danis & Lowe Represents Transvaginal Mesh Victims

A St. Louis law firm, Carey Danis & Lowe represents women in transvaginal mesh lawsuits across the United States. In working closely with each of our clients, we have come to understand the depth of pain and suffering caused by defective medical products. If you have sustained injuries from transvaginal mesh or a bladder sling, we encourage you to begin exploring your legal options today with Carey Danis & Lowe. Our lawyers are ready to assist you in holding accountable the manufacturers behind these defective medical devices.

Share your transvaginal mesh story with Carey Danis & Lowe today by calling 800.721.2519, or by submitting a personal injury claim form. Our law firm offers free case evaluations.

We look forward to working with you.


Australian News Program Discusses DePuy ASR Hip

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Hip/Knee Replacement, Uncategorized

depuy_hip_replacement_asr_kransky_settlement_verdict_lawsuitNow a recalled device , the DePuy ASR hip replacement has significantly changed the lives of thousands of people around the world, and not in the way for which it was intended. According to a Four Corners program recently aired by the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) in late May 2014, patients who received a DePuy ASR hip replacement have experienced cobalt and chromium poisoning, numerous revision surgeries, and neurological problems.

Failure to accept responsibility for injuries to DePuy ASR patients is common in Johnson & Johnson’s handling of the matter. It is said that Johnson & Johnson knew about the design defects of the DePuy ASR hip as early as 2007, yet still decided to move forward with a deceptively positive marketing campaign.

Furthermore, doctors who reported complications with the metal-on-metal hip implant to Johnson & Johnson, and their subsidiary DePuy, were made to feel at fault.

One U.S. patient, Joan Wager, was interviewed for the Four Corners program, and shared that two years after receiving a DePuy ASR hip implant, she developed a swollen hip. After getting her hip checked out by a doctor, it was determined that she needed a revision surgery.

Notes taken by her surgeon reveal the defective quality of the DePuy ASR hip replacement. With the major components of the hip implant improperly fitting, and as such, releasing metal particles into the surrounding area, Wager’s hip joint had become severely inflamed, creating a yellow fluid most likely caused by the presence of cobalt and chromium particles.

As DePuy ASR hip lawsuits continue to move forward in the U.S., a class action lawsuit in Australia is scheduled to be heard over a ten week period some time next year. According to Four Corners, the class action lawsuit has been delayed on account of Johnson & Johnson submitting approximately 23,000 pages of new evidence that they claim reveals that the DePuy ASR hip replacement is not defective.

Carey Danis & Lowe Can Help You

If you received an implant of the DePuy ASR hip, and have experienced injuries as a result, explore your legal options and compensation eligibility. Carey Danis & Lowe offers free initial case evaluations.

Share your DePuy ASR hip story with Carey Danis & Lowe today. Give us a call at 800.721.2519, or complete a personal injury claim form.

Our personal injury lawyers look forward to assisting you in any way that we can.

Two Studies Look at Transvaginal Mesh Removal Surgery

By | Defective Medical Device litigation, Transvaginal Mesh, Uncategorized

Boston Scientific Ordered to Release Defective Transvaginal Mesh DocumentsBoston Scientific Ordered to Release Defective Transvaginal Mesh DocumentsDuring the annual American Urological Association meeting, urology researchers presented data from two recently completed studies on the surgical removal of transvaginal mesh. The studies produced varied results.

One study involving 123 transvaginal mesh patients gathered more positive results, as the majority of the patients no longer experienced pain from a defective transvaginal mesh device.

The other study, involving 214 patients, collected different results. Rather than alleviating pain, many of the patients continued to experience pain, in addition to urinary issues and painful intercourse.

These contrasting findings may make it challenging for patients to decide if surgery is the right choice for dealing with mesh erosion, a common sign of defective transvaginal mesh. However, because these studies are as of yet unpublished, it is recommended to carefully consider the information that they present. Furthermore, it is best to consult with a physician or surgeon before making any major health decisions.

Carey Danis & Lowe is Here to Help

Carey Danis & Lowe is made up of a dedicated team of defective medical device lawyers. Our law firm is headquartered in St. Louis, and represents victims of defective transvaginal mesh. As our lawyers are currently investigating transvaginal mesh cases, we encourage those who have been injured by defective mesh, to get in touch with Carey Danis & Lowe for a free initial case evaluation.

Share your transvaginal mesh story with Carey Danis & Lowe today. Contact us by phone at 800.721.2519, or submit the online contact form.