Representing Women Injured by Transvaginal Mesh Nationwide
Girard Gibbs represents women across the country who suffered serious complications after receiving transvaginal mesh, or TVM, implants. Many of these women may have not been aware of the risks associated with undergoing the procedure or of the alternatives available. We firmly believe that manufacturers of medical devices have a responsibility to consumers who use their products to make their products safe and, at the very least, to disclose all the risks and alternatives. When this doesn’t happen and injuries are involved, the victims often deserve to be compensated.
Our transvaginal mesh lawyers have a wealth of experience helping victims of faulty medical devices and defective drugs. In recognition her experience, Ms. A. J. De Bartolomeo, a partner at Girard Gibbs, has been appointed to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the Transvaginal Mesh Multi-District Litigation, which will be responsible for overseeing the litigation as cases move forward.
As victims’ advocates, Ms. De Bartolomeo and our team of transvaginal mesh attorneys speak to women everyday who have experienced injuries and complications following a transvaginal mesh procedure, including:
In the time that TVM products have been around, a number of different manufacturers have produced and marketed them. Some examples of transvaginal mesh device manufacturers and their products include:
Johnson & Johnson: Sold as Gynecare, Gynecare TVT, and Gynemesh.
American Medical Systems (AMS): Sold as Sparc, Perigee, Apogee, and Elevate.
C.R. Bard: Sold as Avaulta and Pelvitex.
Boston Scientific: Sold as Pinnacle, Advantage, and Uphold.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Our lawyers have already filed a number of transvaginal mesh lawsuits on behalf of women who suffered injuries after receiving a mesh implant. These lawsuits, and others, come after numerous women reported experiencing serious, and in some cases life-threatening, complications with transvaginal mesh products and manufacturers failed to take responsibility. Many more are likely to be filed as women across the country come forward with their experiences and other cases go to trial.
In addition to the lawsuits, the Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to address the concerns of many women who are worried about their health after undergoing a TVM procedure. The government agency released a 2008 Health Notification, followed by a 2011 Safety Communication. Both releases brought attention to the potential for serious injury when using transvaginal mesh products. Some consumer watchdog organizations are even going so far as to call for a recall of transvaginal mesh devices.
While alternatives to lawsuits are preferred, when large corporations fail to step up and do the right thing—as so often is the case—legal action may be the only way to get results. Women who have been injured by TVM products may be required to undergo multiple, painful surgeries to correct the issue. In some cases, their lives and long-term health may be at risk. If this is the case, a transvaginal mesh lawsuit may be the best, if not the only, course of action.
Injured by Transvaginal Mesh? Free Consultation.
Our transvaginal mesh lawyers represent women nationwide who have suffered injuries from vaginal mesh implants. If you or a loved one suffered vaginal mesh injuries, you may have a legal right to financial compensation. For a free and confidential consultation about your possible transvaginal mesh lawsuit, please fill out the form to the right or call (866) 981-4800.
Women Representing Women
Ms. A. J. De Bartolomeo, a partner at Girard Gibbs, serves on the Plaintiffs' Steering Committees for the Transvaginal Mesh lawsuits as well as the Yaz and Yasmin Birth Control and Pradaxa lawsuits, and also represents women injured after using Mirena and NuvaRing birth control products. Our personal injury attorneys have also represented those injured by Medtronic medical devices, Sprint Fidelis leads, SSRIs, Actos, and GranuFlo. We have recovered settlements worth hundreds of millions for our clients.
Our law firm has decades of experience successfully representing people injured by some of the nation’s largest and most powerful corporations. Our attorneys pride themselves on being there for our clients at every stage of the litigation from intake through verdict or settlement.
Why Girard Gibbs?
Girard Gibbs represents consumers, investors, employees, and businesses in cases involving consumer protection, personal injury, securities, antitrust, employment litigation and arbitration. The firm’s senior partners, Daniel Girard and Eric Gibbs, have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 and Northern California Super Lawyers, and have earned AV-Preeminent ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, recognizing them in the highest class of attorneys for professional ethics and legal skills.
Eric Gibbs is a partner at Girard Gibbs LLP. He represents clients throughout the country who have been injured as a result of defective drugs and faulty medical devices.
Mr. Gibbs has been widely recognized for his professional excellence and achievements, and has been selected by numerous publications as a leading lawyer in the field of Class and Mass Actions. He was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2012 guide for Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions, and was honored as a Northern California Super Lawyer (2010-2011).
Mr. Gibbs is currently investigating cases of women across the United States who suffered serious complications after receiving a transvaginal mesh implant. In addition to his work in the transvaginal mesh investigation, Mr. Gibbs is prosecuting a wide range of high profile mass tort cases. He represents individuals who developed bladder cancer after using Actos, a drug prescribed to treat type 2 diabetes, and women who suffered injuries after taking the birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella.
Mr. Gibbs has prosecuted a variety of complex class actions, including cases involving defective products, unfair competition and claims arising under the consumer protection laws. He has served as court-appointed lead counsel and class counsel in class actions in state and federal courts throughout the United States.
A. J. De Bartolomeo is a partner at Girard Gibbs LLP. She has more than 20 years of experience in complex litigation, including representation of clients who have been injured as a result of defective drugs and faulty medical devices.
Ms. De Bartolomeo represents women who have experienced various complications and injuries after receiving transvaginal mesh implants. Recently, she was appointed by the Court to serve on the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee for the Transvaginal Mesh Litigation. As a member of the Plaintiffs Steering Committee, she will work with a team of specially selected lawyers to litigate the TVM lawsuits on behalf of the women injured by transvaginal mesh.
Ms. De Bartolomeo has worked extensively on behalf of women who have been injured by medical products and defective drugs. She currently serves in a leadership position in the Yaz & Yasmin birth control litigation. She has been appointed to serve on that case’s Plaintiff’s Steering Committee, where she is co-chair of the Law & Briefing Committee. Previously, she has also brought lawsuits on behalf of clients that were injured through the use of Actos, Zyprexa, Vytorin,Medtronic Defibrillators and Sprint Fidelis Leads.
In addition to her work on behalf of injured clients, Ms. De Bartolomeo specializes in the prosecution of class actions arising under the securities, communications, consumer protection and copyright laws. She has served as court-appointed lead counsel and class counsel in several class actions throughout the United States. Ms. De Bartolomeo has earned an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, recognizing her in the highest class for professional ethics and legal skills.
Kristine Meredith is a partner at the Danko Law Firm. She represents victims of defective medications, including women across the country who suffered complications after receiving transvaginal mesh implants. She was recently named a Northern California Super Lawyer.
In addition, Ms. Meredith has been appointed to serve on behalf of plaintiffs in the Yaz birth control litigation on the Law and Motions committee. Ms. Meredith also represents men and women who have developed bladder cancer after taking the drug Actos, a widely prescribed type-2 diabetes drug, and served as co-lead counsel in In Re Deep Vein Thrombosis Litigation.
Amy Zeman is an attorney at Girard Gibbs LLP. She represents plaintiffs in complex litigation cases against manufacturers of defective drugs and medical products, and is working on behalf of women nationwide who suffered serious injuries and complications after receiving a transvaginal mesh implant.
Amy Zeman is also representing clients who suffered injuries, including cardiac arrest, after taking the dialysis drug GranuFlo. She has also represented women who suffered serious injuries including stroke, blood clots, and heart attacks from taking Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella birth control pills.
Amy Zeman is a 2010 graduate, magna cum laude, of the University of California, Hastings College of Law, where she was a member of the Thurston Society and served on the Hastings Law Journal. She received her undergraduate degrees in German and Art History and Archaeology, summa cum laude, from the University of Missouri in 1998. Ms. Zeman was a spring 2010 extern for the Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel of the United States District Court, Northern District of California. She is admitted to the California Bar.
Kristen Boffi is a litigation assistant with Girard Gibbs working directly with women who have suffered injuries after receiving transvaginal mesh implants. In addition, Kristen also speaks with women who have suffered injuries after using Mirena birth control and assists attorneys in lawsuits against the manufacturers of Yaz and Yasmin birth control medications. Kristen is fluent in Spanish and spent the first semester of her third year studying Spanish art history, economics, and grammar at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain. Kristen graduated magna cum laude from Santa Clara University in 2008 with a double major in English and Spanish Language and Literature.
Alex Jones is a litigation assistant at Girard Gibbs assisting attorneys and working directly with women who have experienced serious complications after receiving a transvaginal mesh implant. She also works on behalf of clients who suffered injuries after using Actos, a drug used to treat type 2 diabetes. In addition to the Actos cases, Ms. Jones assists attorneys in the lawsuits against the manufacturers of Yaz and Yasmin birth control medications. She graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010 with a B.A. in political science. She has an interest in pursuing a degree in law in the future.