If you’ve sustained injuries following a vaginal mesh implant, and it wasn’t your fault, you could be eligible to make a vaginal mesh compensation claim.
Vaginal mesh implants are standard medical procedures that treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. While they’re considered a common treatment for many, they also come with numerous complications.
Despite their potential complications, doctors still advise them and use the implants as a primary option. However, many patients are unaware of the side effects and suffer severe difficulties after the surgery.
If this sounds like you, you could be eligible for transvaginal tape (TVT) compensation. By calling 0800 234 6438, you can get free legal advice and work with a no win no fee solicitor who will fight tirelessly to get you the money you deserve.
Vaginal mesh implants are designed to support pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Both can cause long-term problems, but despite these potential issues, they’re still popular treatments.
Between 2008 and 2017, the NHS performed 127,532 vaginal mesh operations (NHS Digital), and the polypropylene implants are meant to last for the rest of a patient’s life.
Many meshes treat pelvic organ prolapses, a serious complication some women experience. It occurs when pelvic organs protrude and become displaced from their usual location.
The organs in this region include the bowel, vaginal vault, uterus, rectum and bladder, with POP often impacting one or more of the abdomen and pelvic areas.
A vaginal mesh implant should offer extra support for the pelvic wall, and surgeons can place them in different positions to ensure the mesh strengthens the area.
Stress incontinence occurs when the bladder leaks upon any stress or physical exertion. For example, simple actions such as coughing, sneezing and exercising can cause leakage, creating a lot of physical and emotional stress for the women.
Tension-free vaginal tape (or a sling) offers extra support for the urethra and varies in size. If the transvaginal tape is relatively small, doctors can apply it through local anaesthetic, but this depends on the extent of the condition.
Once the tape is in place, the surgeon will install the implant, and it should strengthen the bladder and urethra.
There are many instances when vaginal mesh surgery benefits the patient, and they experience little to no complications – but some people will experience long-term side effects.
Some people experience mild pain and longer recovery, a relatively mild complication. However, others might have serious side effects that make it difficult to continue with daily life.
In the most severe cases, the vaginal mesh implant can begin to move from its site and protrude from the vagina.
While these side effects might be mild in some people, others could deal with significant and ongoing pain, which makes it challenging to perform daily tasks and work.
To successfully win vaginal mesh claims, you must prove that the surgeon/hospital was negligent. Most patients filing for compensation aren’t warned of the potential complications, which means they couldn’t make an informed decision, which makes them eligible to claim compensation.
The best way to determine whether you can make a vaginal mesh claim is to call 0800 234 6438 or fill in the online form for a free callback.
A specialist legal advisor will be able to assess your eligibility and put you in touch with a no win no fee lawyer.
The first step in making a vaginal mesh implant claim is to meet with a no win no fee solicitor. While some people choose traditional legal services, these solicitors work on a conditional fee agreement, which means they don’t get paid unless they win the case.
Not only do you get to claim without any financial risk, but you can also be confident in the validity of your claim because no lawyer will take it on unless they feel it will be successful.
To claim vaginal mesh compensation, your solicitor will have to prove medical negligence. For example, if your hospital didn’t adequately explain the complications to you, this is considered negligence.
However, if they offered you numerous treatment options but you chose the mesh regardless of the potential complications, you wouldn’t be eligible for compensation.
Your solicitor will also want to view your hospital records for medical evidence of any complications. This can be evidence of bowel and nerve trauma or problems to the bladder, neck and vaginal wall after surgery.
You’ll also have to attend a medical assessment, and the negligent party’s insurance provider will do the same.
All medical negligence claims are different, and your solicitor will calculate the compensation they think you should receive based on the extent of your injuries and how they impact your life.
Once they put your vaginal mesh compensation claim forward, the negligent party will look at the claim and decide if they’re willing to accept responsibility.
Everyone wants the claims process to run smoothly, but this isn’t always the case. For example, the negligent party might not want to settle for a certain amount, so the claim might enter court proceedings.
Your solicitor will support you throughout the process and ensure you get the right amount for your transvaginal mesh damages.
When you win compensation, your lawyer will take their fee out of your award, and you’ll receive the rest of the money. Once the legal costs are paid, you can spend the money on whatever you want and return to normal life.
Vaginal mesh implants can cause long-term chronic pain and serious complications that require further surgical intervention. If you suffered an injury due to a TVT mesh implant, you have the right to make a claim.
Get the ball rolling today by calling 0800 234 6438 or filling in the form for a free callback.
Yes, you can claim against a private medical organisation and the NHS. Both procedures are different, as the NHS has its guidelines for claims, but your solicitor will know how to claim from both organisations.
It’s a question many people ask, and the answer is simple. The NHS is there to provide treatment, and medical professionals have a duty of care to each patient. Vaginal surgery is a serious treatment option, and each patient has the right to informed consent.
If your doctor didn’t give you all the facts before the surgery, it’s your right to claim. Also, living with significant pain will make working hard, and you’ll suffer financially.
The National Institute For Health and Care Excellence (NICE) sets guidelines for medical organisations, and hospitals should prioritise quality care. Claiming against the NHS highlights any issues with patient safety and ensures it won’t happen again.
There’s no clear answer to this question, as the compensation you receive depends on the severity of your injuries. For example, if you suffered complications like mesh erosion and required invasive treatments, you’ll receive more than someone who developed a bladder infection.
The best way to determine how much compensation you could receive for vaginal mesh negligence is by speaking to a solicitor.
They’ll be able to add up your general and special damages, such as travel, care and medical costs, to come up with an amount.
You have three years from the date of your mesh procedure to claim compensation. However, these claims require further investigations and medical evidence, so it’s best to file for compensation ASAP.
The NHS and private hospitals will want to review your injuries, and claiming soon ensures your time limit won’t run out.
As mentioned above, no win no fee vaginal mesh claims come with zero financial risks, as you don’t pay any legal fees until your lawyer wins the case. Also, a traditional lawyer gets paid upfront, so they have little incentive to win the case.
Legal teams working on a conditional fee agreement basis will go out of their way to win the maximum compensation, making them the better choice.
Nicola is a dual qualified journalist and non-practising solicitor. She is a legal journalist, editor and author with more than 20 years' experience writing about the law.
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