In the past few years, many victims of the complications of vaginal mesh have come forward to report the pain and injury they have been caused. As medical negligence specialists, victims of poor healthcare treatment have often asked us: “can I claim compensation?”. We can confirm that, if there is evidence of medical negligence or general liability, those affected by mesh implant complications may be able to claim compensation for the harm caused.
Vaginal mesh has been approved by the MHRA, the Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, and has been used in the NHS for many years. Their use has recently been subjected to severe criticism but has still not been permanently banned.
We believe that the mesh implant scandal could constitute one of the most wide-reaching negligence cases ever seen in the UK. It is horrifying that so many patients have had their health and well-being compromised drastically by a device that was supposed to help them, which is why we want to help as many victims as we can to claim the compensation they deserve.
Examples of mesh complications
There are all kinds of complications associated with vaginal mesh implants, some of which can be highly debilitating for those affected. We will not list all the difficulties that potential claimants may have encountered, but complications could include the following:
- Erosion of the mesh implant device and/or vaginal tissue;
- Device protrusion;
- Internal injuries;
- Nerve damage (associated with pain and numbness);
- Neuromuscular problems (impaired muscle function);
- Organ perforation (mesh cutting into bladder or bowel, possibly causing incontinence);
- Relapse of prolapsing or incontinence;
- Impaired sexual function;
- Reduced mobility;
- Chronic pain.
If you are asking: can I claim for any of these examples of complications? In short, you may be able to and a claim could allow you to recover damages, provided they were caused by negligence.
Can I claim?
If you have suffered any of the complications listed above, the next step in answering the question “can I claim?” is to establish whether or not your complication(s) arose due to the negligence of a medical professional. The legal grounds for a vaginal mesh claim will likely include at least one of the following:
- your vaginal mesh was defective;
- the surgeon who implanted the mesh made errors during the procedure (e.g. incorrect placement, unnecessary incisions, etc.);
- you received insufficient or negligent advice about the risks of vaginal mesh complications and/or about the alternative courses of treatment.
Any of these circumstances could constitute medical negligence. For example, if you were given poor advice about the risks of vaginal mesh, your ability to give informed consent might have been compromised. There can be more scenarios, and we always welcome anyone impacted by vaginal mesh to speak to our team for no-obligation advice if they feel that they have been wronged.
Claim now for vaginal mesh compensation
Can I claim compensation for vaginal mesh injuries? You can contact us for free, no-obligation advice on your case and we should be able to answer this key question for you.
Once we have established your ability to claim, you could recover damages for the pain and suffering you have been caused, and even for the financial losses or expenses brought about by the damage to your health.
At Your Lawyers, we have been helping women with vaginal mesh implants for almost a decade, and we are determined to see that affected patients can access the justice they deserve. We have extensive experience in medical negligence and group action cases which can be applied effectively to the case of vaginal mesh, having recovered millions of pounds in damages for victims for years.
IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.