Helping patients who have received

Vaginal Mesh Implants

The expert medical negligence team at Patient Claim Line are supporting patients who have suffered severe pain and discomfort as a result of negligent treatment using vaginal mesh implants.

Vaginal mesh implants are widely used to treat conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. The implants have been used as a surgical tool for many years. However, in some circumstances, it has been inserted incorrectly or used inappropriately causing permanent damage.

Some complications caused due negligent use of the vaginal mesh include urinary retention, bladder infections, pain during intercourse, bleeding and incontinence, to name a few. The consequences for women having to live with these symptoms can be devastating.

In 2022, an independent review resulting in the decision to pause the use of vaginal mesh implants. However, it is estimated that more than 100,000 UK women have already had a mesh fitted.

The expert medical negligence team at Patient Claim Line, has represented many patients who have reported life changing injuries following the use of mesh in a gynaecological procedures.

The team has successfully settled claims against both NHS trusts and private surgeons and in doing so, have secured financial compensation and an apology on behalf of their clients.

In light of the news that the West Sussex law firm Fortitude Law has shut down, the firm is also offering advice to individuals who are concerned about their available options.

If you or a loved one has experienced complications following treatment involving vaginal mesh products such as TVT or TOT and have been affected by the closure of Fortitude Law, we encourage you to speak to our expert team for a free, no-obligation consultation today.

A comment from our lead solicitor on this case

Christian Beadell, Head of Group Actions, has represented dozens of patients who suffered urogynaecological complications following the use of mesh and says:

“Mesh related claims involve complex issues and are rarely straightforward so it is vitally important to instruct a lawyer with experience in handling such matters. We can draw on our years of experience in this area to guide clients through the claims process and recover the compensation that they deserve. We are always stronger together, fighting as a group. “

You can also be reassured that our team are experts in clinical negligence. The lawyers in the medical negligence team have fought many similar cases and are ranked among the leading lawyers in these types of cases.

Key allegations

In some cases, the vaginal mesh has been inserted incorrectly

In other cases, mesh has been used inappropriately, causing permanent damage

What happens next?

With the news that the West Sussex law firm Fortitude Law has closed down, we are offering advice to individuals who are concerned about their available options. If you or a loved one has experienced complications related to vaginal mesh products such as TVT or TOT and have been affected by the closure of Fortitude Law, please speak to our team for a free, no-obligation consultation today.

Have you been impacted?

At Patient Claim Line, we offer a no-win no-fee service if you have a claim and decide to take it further. This means that it doesn’t cost you anything if your claim is unsuccessful. If you win, you will take most of what is awarded, and we get paid a percentage for fighting your claim. We can explain this to you fully before you take a claim with us.

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Our team of experts will support you all the way

Our Group Actions team is led by Christian Beadell and Francesca Paul. They are supported by a dedicated team of medical negligence experts. The team forms part of our wider medical negligence department, with Peter Rigby at the helm. Our Group Actions team specialises in bringing forward collective clinical negligence claims raised in relation to defective medical equipment, and have a track record of successfully securing compensation for our clients.

Peter Rigby

Peter Rigby
Director of Medical Negligence

Peter leads the Medical Negligence Serious Injury department, which now boasts some of our most knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking team members.

Peter is dedicated to supporting victims of catastrophic medical negligence injuries and endeavours to provide a clear and coherent approach to claims. He recognises the effects serious injuries can have and therefore ensures his customers’ need for support is met. Peter also has a vast amount of experience working with customers who have been injured abroad and is able to act under international law to provide the best outcomes.

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Christian Beadell

Christian Beadell
Partner, Head of Strategy and Legal Operations

Christian is Head of Medical Negligence at Patient Claim Line and has specialised in clinical negligence claims since qualifying in 1998; having dealt with a wide variety of claims throughout his career. He is also featured in the Legal 500 as a recommended claimant solicitor in the North West.

Christian qualified as a solicitor in 1998, specialising in clinical negligence. From 2010 onward he has had a particular interest in gynaecological and urogynaecological claims, having represented several hundred claimants in the George Rowland Litigation against the Liverpool Women’s and Aintree Hospitals. This investigated the treatment given to women in the Merseyside area over several decades, and in particular focused on the introduction and development of mesh into the UK in both the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The development of this area involved pursuing claims under a unique ADR protocol with the NHS and also looking to develop the current thinking on the valuation of compensation for complex urinary symptoms. He has successfully recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation on behalf of my clients.

Christian was also involved in setting up and chairing a Claimant Support Group for those involved in the Rowland litigation, which provided a discussion forum for the many women who were left isolated and damaged by negligent gynaecological treatment. He now co-ordinates the firm’s mesh claims and has delivered training and commented extensively on the medico-legal implications of urogynaecological / mesh complications. He is a member of APIL, Liverpool Law Society and Legal 500 recommended.

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Francesca Paul

Francesca Paul
Associate Solicitor

Francesca Paul is an Associate, Senior Solicitor and Team Leader within the Clinical Negligence Department.  She is one of the driving Solicitors in the Group Litigation Team dealing with this niche and specialist area of work that Fletchers undertakes.   

Francesca previously worked in Nottingham, dealing with Group Action work.  She now works at Fletchers, bringing with her those years of experience heading up a team of 10 people.  Francesca is involved in the early identification of potential new Group Litigation Work and analyses information from the collective pool of new enquiries into the business, of which there are hundreds per week looking for hot spots or recurrent issues which might suggest a potential pool of Claimants.   

One of the highlights for Francesca and her team is that they have successfully recovered over a million pounds in compensation for clients who have received treatment from a single orthopaedic surgeon who was operating in the Colchester area.  Her role requires a specific set of skills, patience and a forensic approach to detail whilst being able to see the wider picture.   

Francesca has previously acted for a claimant in a case that reached the Supreme Court in the case of NA v Nottinghamshire County Council. 

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Sion Wynne

Sion Wynne
Senior Solicitor

Sion is a team leader and senior solicitor with many years’ experience in dealing with a wide range of medical specialisms and different types of injuries. He is an experienced medical negligence solicitor and manages a team of lawyers within our department.

Sion joined Fletchers in 2018 as a Team Leader in the Medical Negligence Department. Throughout his 24 year legal career, he has specialised in conducting medical negligence claims on behalf of Claimants, previously working for other highly ranked leading firms in the field.

He has undertaken claims covering the full spectrum of medical specialisms, clinical settings, categories of defendant and types of negligent medical care and treatment.
These include high value and complex maximum severity cases, such as those involving limb amputations and permanent neurological injuries.

Sion is experienced at representing bereaved families at inquests and has a particular interest in fatal accident claims.


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