Severe complications have been associated with mesh implants for several years now, with many patients forced to endure irreversible and harmful consequences. Used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence, the UK medical products regulator continues to approve the use of the implants, despite thousands of women reporting horrifying complications. If it emerges that those affected by complications were victims of medical mesh, they could be entitled to significant damages as mesh compensation values can be high.
If you have encountered complications as a result of a mesh implant, it will likely have come as a horrible shock. Most women would never have agreed to the treatment had they have known the risks, which is one of the reasons as to why a medical negligence claim could be made.
There are many factors to consider when making a mesh compensation claim. As specialists in medical negligence, we know how to evaluate all the circumstances of a case in order to value a claim as best as possible.
Complications associated with mesh implants
The symptoms associated with mesh implant complications can be extensive and various, and they can include:
- Device protrusion;
- Erosion of the mesh implant device and/or vaginal tissue;
- 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.
Many of these complications can leave women in constant pain and can contribute to reduced mobility, meaning it can be significantly harder for people to go about their lives. Indeed, many may have to fundamentally change their way of life; for example, by leaving their jobs, by using a walking stick or mobility aids, or by taking medication on a daily basis to manage the pain.
In many cases, the mesh implants can never be fully removed. Even if they are, in some cases, the complications cannot always be completely reversed.
Deciding on mesh compensation values
Weighing up mesh compensation values accurately requires us to use our niche medical negligence expertise, as mesh compensation claims can be very complex. The claim can be split up into two categories: General Damages, which can cover the pain, suffering and inconvenience caused, and Special Damages, which can cover any financial losses or expenses that have been incurred.
For example, Special Damages could cover prescription costs or any lost earnings, or even private treatment and surgery costs if applicable
Under the General Damages part of the claim, we can use the official guidelines, which recommend compensation amounts according to the type and severity of the injury. For example, if you had an infection for a short time, this would likely be valued at a much lower amount than an injury causing long-term impairment to organ function.
But you don’t need to worry about the details. All claimants need to do is provide us with the necessary information about their condition, and we can get started on setting mesh compensation values. Normally, we will use expert medical evidence to assist us with this as well.
Make your claim
As specialists in medical negligence, we are well equipped to bring mesh claims to fruition. We have already recovered millions of pounds in damages in medical cases. Our knowledge and experience of this area of law means that we are determined to make sure victims of faulty medical devices are compensated for their suffering.
To determine accurate mesh compensation values, we can take a claim for compensation forward and properly investigate the damages claim.
For free, no-obligation advice, please do not hesitate to contact our team here today.
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