Transvaginal mesh implants – How We Help
Transvaginal mesh implants have been used in the past to treat problems such as incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, however their use has been linked to a range of serious complications, including abdominal or vaginal pain and difficulty in walking. At Jackson Boyd we have extensive experience helping people across Scotland who have had mesh implants fitted get the compensation they deserve.
If you have had this surgical procedure carried out then get in touch. We can help even if you have no obvious symptoms and are simply concerned because you have had a mesh implant fitted.
We have answered some of the most frequently asked questions on this topic below. However, if you would like advice on whether you can make a claim related to mesh implant surgery get in touch with Jackson Boyd today. We offer a free consultation service and operate on a no-win, no-fee basis.
What problems can mesh implants cause?
Women who had mesh fitted may be experiencing:
- abdominal or vaginal pain
- neuropathic pain
- difficulty in walking
- bleeding and infections
- pain on intercourse
- constipation or difficulty going to the toilet
Many women have also required to undergo surgery due to mesh erosion and/or protrusion.
Your Questions Answered
Does it matter if I have no symptoms or only mild symptoms?
No. As stated above, we can help whatever complications you have experienced – even if you have no obvious symptoms and are simply concerned that you have had a mesh implant fitted.
I understand there has already been a settlement made with mesh survivors. How does this affect me?
In 2020 Johnson and Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon (one of the major manufacturers of mesh implants), agreed a settlement with Scottish mesh survivors who received one of their implants. If you were not involved in this settlement you should still get in contact – you may still be entitled to compensation.
What level of compensation might I receive?
It is impossible to answer this question at the outset of a claim, as it is dependent on so many inter-linked factors, including the severity of your symptoms (and whether they have long-lasting impacts) and the nature of the losses you have suffered (including medical costs and lost earnings – both past and future).
You may be entitled to financial compensation for all of the ways in which you have suffered loss as a result of your vaginal mesh surgery. If your claim is successful, you could be awarded damages for your injury, the cost of the original treatment and the cost of any corrective measures. Our team will ensure that you have all the evidence required to support your claim.
Once we have made an initial assessment of your case, we will be able to give you a rough indication of what we would expect to achieve. See our article, ‘More Than Just Personal Injury’, which provides full details on the losses you can claim for.
What will happen when I get in contact with Jackson Boyd about a vaginal mesh implant?
The journey of a personal injury claim can appear daunting, but Jackson Boyd will be with you every step of the way. Call us and our First Response team will talk with you and arrange for you to speak with one of our experts. .
You will then talk to one of our experts who is experienced in working on vaginal mesh claims – they will speak to you sympathetically and provide you with all the information and support you need.
We will then collect all the evidence and medical details that we require to put together your case and value your claim. We may require to instruct our own experts to provide reports in your case, but if we do we will provide you with advice and support throughout the process.
Once we have obtained all of the relevant evidence we will then seek a settlement offer. For full details see our article on The Journey of Your Personal Injury Claim.
Does it matter which manufacturer made the mesh that I’ve been fitted with?
No. There are a number of manufacturers who have produced transvaginal mesh implants. You may still be entitled to compensation regardless of who manufactured the mesh used in your treatment. You don’t have to know the manufacturer when you contact us – we will be able to find out this information for you.
How long will it take?
In an ideal world, your claim would be resolved within weeks but, unfortunately, the reality is that the length of time it takes for claims to conclude can range from months to years. The timings will depend on the complexity of the case and the severity of your injuries. Particularly in cases where injuries are serious, it is important to take the time to collect all necessary information and to establish the true value of the claim.
What will it cost?
For all personal injury and medical negligence work, we provide a no-win, no-fee service, which is exactly as it says – if your claim is successful our fee is 20% plus VAT of your settlement figure; however, if your claim is not successful we do not charge a fee.
Will I have to go to court?
In most cases, personal injury claims can be settled without the need to go to court and we will endeavour to get an out-of-court settlement for your vaginal mesh claim. Where a court action needs to be raised we will still endeavour to get an out-of-court settlement for your vaginal mesh claim. Around 95% of personal injury cases settle without going before a judge. However, in a small number of cases it may be necessary to go to court. If you have to go to court we will represent you and provide you with all the support and advice you will need.
What is the time limit for bringing a claim for vaginal mesh surgery?
The normal time limit for bringing a claim for vaginal mesh surgery is three years from the date you became aware that your symptoms are caused by your mesh implant. In some circumstances, this time limit may be extended.
Why Jackson Boyd?
As specialist injury lawyers, we have in-depth experience and knowledge of all aspects of the law relating to vaginal mesh implants. In addition, our experts in this field have previous experience of helping women who are suffering from the impact of vaginal mesh implants. You will be able to speak to them openly about your experiences. They will help you with your vaginal mesh claim sympathetically and provide you with all the information and support you need.
Unlike most ‘general’ law firms, we have the expertise to know whether it is worth pursuing a claim and exactly what information needs to be gathered. We also know how best to value a claim and how to gain fair and just compensation for our clients.