Despite their approval by the MHRA (Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency), pelvic mesh implants have been linked to significant and, at worst, life-altering complications in a worrying number of the patients who have received them. Many who have been affected by negative consequences caused by these devices could be eligible to claim considerable pelvic mesh compensation amounts for the huge impact on their lives.
Used to treat ailments like urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in women, the implants have been found to provoke significant pain and suffering, leaving many wondering how this questionable treatment has been allowed to continue. In many cases, the use of pelvic mesh implants could constitute medical negligence, making the victims eligible to claim compensation. It is simply unacceptable that so much preventable harm has been caused, so contact us to receive legal advice if you are one of the victims.
The real-life cost of pelvic mesh complications
While many women may not experience the effects of pelvic mesh until years after their surgery, when the symptoms do emerge, they can be devastating to each victim’s well-being and everyday life. Pelvic mesh complications can include:
- pain, sometimes causing reduced mobility;
- erosion of mesh or vaginal tissue;
- organ perforation (implant cuts into urethra or bowel);
- internal injuries and infections;
- nerve damage;
- relapse of prolapse and/or incontinence, the conditions which the mesh is designed to prevent.
The extent of the possible complications can be extremely worrying when listed in medical terms, but to imagine the real-life cost for a victim is even worse. One notable testimony came from Sue Black, who was reportedly forced to withdraw her candidacy from the London mayoral race as a result of pelvic mesh complications. She reportedly began experiencing pelvic pain ten years after surgery, and it emerged that the mesh implant was cutting through her urethra.
Severely incapacitated, Black was forced to abandon the race despite years of political campaigning.
Making a claim and pelvic mesh compensation amounts
Pelvic mesh compensation amounts are designed to reflect the severity of the suffering caused to the victims. The damages can take into account factors that include:
- pain and suffering;
- loss of amenity (e.g. physical incapacity or impaired sexual function);
- lost earnings or time off work (for a temporary or permanent inability to work);
- cost of care and assistance;
- pain management costs (treatment and medication).
As such, those who are permanently unable to work and require daily care could be eligible for high pelvic mesh compensation amounts, due to the long-lasting damage cause to their lives. Any claim, however severe, is worth pursuing in order to ensure that any medical negligence is penalised.
Start your compensation claim
We know how difficult victims’ lives can become in the wake of pelvic mesh complications, which is why we want to help anyone affected to claim the compensation they deserve. Although it can never reverse the harm done to you, if you wish to make a claim, we can offer you free, no-obligation advice regarding your case. We can then support you every step of the way if you do decide to instruct us.
IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.