The use of transvaginal mesh (TVM) surgery to help repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) became popular due to its simple, less invasive implantation technique. However, it appears that there are serious problems with TVM surgery which has resulted in further injury to many women. Complications include chronic pain, bleeding, nerve damage, infections, painful sexual intercourse, mesh erosion and organ perforation.

Since December 2017 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that mesh should only be used for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse under research circumstances. This effectively imposes a ban on the use of transvaginal mesh.

Our specialist harmful product solicitors will be able to help and support you when making a claim for TVM. We have worked with many women who have suffered an injury due to TVM surgery. We have the skills, knowledge and experience to get you the best level of compensation for your claim.

Hugh James makes claiming compensation straightforward. We offer free advice and guidance when investigating your claim, without obligation. We are available to meet with you face to face or to discuss matters over the phone. We also offer no win, no fee services – meaning that if your claim is unsuccessful we won’t charge you a penny.

We are investigating claims against several of the manufacturers of transvaginal mesh including Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific and American Medical Systems.  The allegations against the manufacturers are that the products were not as safe as people are generally entitled to expect. We are also considering claims where women did not receive sufficient information from their treating surgeons before they consented to treatment. Many women would have opted for more conservative treatment had they been advised properly and been given a choice. 

How we can help

Our harmful products team has significant experience pursuing mesh claims.  If you have suffered as a result of receiving a transvaginal mesh implant, we can take you through the process of making a claim for compensation. In addition to your pain and suffering, you could be entitled to your out of pocket expenses incurred in seeking treatment, time off work and care needs. Call for a no-obligation discussion about your options by clicking on the phone icon on this page or you can also get in touch via email by clicking on the email icon on this page and filling in the form if you prefer.  

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Pauline has over 28 years’ experience of multi-party litigation relating to medical devices, implants and pharmaceuticals. She has also acted on behalf of claimants in all aspects of health care claims. Representing adults, children and claimants without capacity.  Handling claims of moderate value up to claims involving multi-million pound damages.

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Your questions answered

How much will it cost?


The vast majority of cases are funded on a no win, no fee basis, also known as Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs). This means that if your case is unsuccessful you will not have to pay anything. We will only take on your case if, after assessing your claim, we decide that there is a reasonable chance of success. Our initial consultation is free, so you won’t pay a penny if we don’t accept your case.

How do I make a claim?


We can offer you a free no obligation consultation with one of our specialist lawyers to discuss whether you can make a claim.  We can provide a clear explanation of the claims process and the various options open to you.

If it is established that you have received a defective product we can investigate the extent of your injury caused by the mesh.

Will I have to go to court?


It is possible that your case may ultimately be decided in court. Whilst the majority of personal injury claims are settled out of court, we always need to consider what a judge would decide if your case did go to court.  In cases for group actions for defective products it is usual for a small number of individual cases to be chosen to illustrate the types and severity of the injuries suffered. In the UK there has not been a trial involving transvaginal mesh products yet. There are several actions being pursued but that have yet reached a trial.

Litigation is being pursued at length in the United States and there have been numbers of cases in which manufacturers have been ordered by the courts to pay damages to those affected.

What are the time limits for pursuing these types of claims?


Court proceedings have to be started within three years of the patient knowing that they have a problem from the product and in claims under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 alleging that the product is defective, there is an additional “long stop” extinguishing time limit. That is to say that the right to sue is lost once ten years has expired from the date that the product was put into supply. In medicines and medical devices, there may sometimes be quite a delay between the time that the product leaves the factory and the time that it is actually implanted.  

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