Rhode Island trans-vaginal mesh sling injury attorneys

Trans-vaginal mesh slings or “bladder slings” as they may be called, are medical devices to alleviate incontinence and help keep the pelvic organs in place for female patients whose organs have dropped down into the vaginal canal (prolapsed). But many women have experienced adverse side effects associated with these trans-vaginal mesh slings, the most common being erosion of the mesh sling that can cause pain, infection and vaginal scarring.

If you have a vaginal mesh sling placed and are experiencing problems, talk to a Rhode Island trans-vaginal mesh sling injury attorney who can advise you of your options and help you file a claim if your case appears valid.

Increasing Reports of Injuries

Over the past few years, an increasing number of women have reported problems with their bladder sling—from 2008 to 2010 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received 2,874 reports of “adverse events”.  Although there has been no formal recall issued, in July of 2011 the FDA issued a public warning that the placement of a trans-vaginal mesh sling to treat prolapsed organs (called Pelvic Organ Prolapse) “may carry more risks than other surgical options, without any evidence of greater benefit.” This warning applied only to mesh slings placed vaginally, and did not apply to the treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI).

Liable Device Manufacturers

More than 550 lawsuits have been filed on behalf of injured female patients and that number is only expected to increase. Some of the device manufacturers who are being named in trans-vaginal mesh sling lawsuits include:

  • BostonScientific
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Caldera Corporation
  • Mentor Corporation
  • Gynecare (division of Johnson & Johnson)
  • Bard
  • Ethicon Division of Johnson and Johnson
  • AMS
  • Sosradim

If have been injured by a defective vaginal mesh sling, please contact one of our Rhode Island trans-vaginal mesh sling injury attorneys at 1-877-LOSS-RECOVER (567-7732) to protect your rights and recover the damages you deserve.

Rhode Island Pradaxa Injury Attorneys

Pradaxa® is the first drug in the new generation of prescription blood-thinning medications to gain approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This medication is designed to reduce the risk of blood clotting and subsequent stroke for patients who suffer from a type of heart arrhythmia called atrial fibrillation.

The side effect of uncontrollable bleeding is a common risk of blood-thinners. However, Pradaxa®-related bleeding is more dangerous than bleeding caused by older, traditional blood thinners because there is no antidote for the bleeding caused by Pradaxa®. Therefore, the risk of tragic outcomes from excessive bleeding is greater with this new generation anti-coagulant. In fact, since Pradaxa® was introduced into the marketplace, more than 260 bleeding-related deaths have been reported from the use of this medication.

If you have experienced excessive bleeding or other adverse side effect of Pradaxa®, talk to a Rhode Island Pradaxa® injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss your potential medical malpractice claim.

Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Gastrointestinal bleeding is a common side effect of Pradaxa® that can result in serious injury or death. It is important that you are aware of the signs of this side effect, which include:

 

  • Unexplained bruising
  • Unusual bleeding
  • Dizziness
  • Urine that is pink or brown in color
  • Lethargy
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood
  • Frequent nosebleeds
  • Weakness and swelling of the hands, feet, arms, ankles or lower legs
  • Stool that appears red or black
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain or swelling

If you live in Rhode Island and your health has suffered because of Pradaxa®, please contact one of our Rhode Island Pradaxa® injury attorneys at 1-877-LOSS-RECOVER (567-7732) to recover the money you deserve.

Problems with DePuy’s ASR Hip Implants

DePuy Orthopaedics has issued a voluntary recall of two of its ASR hip implant systems: the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetubular System. If you have either of these systems placed, you are entitled to compensation. Talk to a Rhode Island DePuy hip recall attorney to learn about your options.

Problems with DePuy’s Hip Replacement Systems

The ASR systems utilize two metal components—the acetabular cup that rests on and moved against the metal femoral head. Over time as these metal parts rub against each other, pieces of metal have become loose. And because the acetabular cup is made of cobalt chrome, these metallic ions have proven to infiltrate organs, irritate and inflame tissue and even result in pseudotumors.

Aside from the loose metallic debris, the ASR systems have also caused increased friction between the femoral head and the acetabular cup, which leads to more friction when the leg moves. The result may be device dislocation and damage to the surrounding bone in severe cases.

If you live in Rhode Island and you or a loved one has one of the recalled ASR hip implants, please contact our Rhode Island DePuy hip recall attorneys at 1-877-LOSS-RECOVER (567-7732) today to get the money you deserve to cover your physical and emotional pain.