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Vaginal Mesh Implant Case Leads to $5 Million Verdict

A Southern California doctor and the C.R. Bard company have been ordered to pay $5.5 million in a vaginal mesh lawsuit, per a July 20th verdict.
This case was the first such transvaginal mesh case to go to trial: hundreds of suits are pending.
The New Jersey based C.R. Bard and other manufacturers of these mesh devices have been accused of creating and marketing products that can endanger the health of the women who receive them. The jury split the verdict nearly evenly in this case. The doctor who performed the vagina mesh procedure on the plaintiff, Kristine Scott, got hit with 40% of liability. The C.R. Bard company, meanwhile, faces 60% of the burden of liability.
Scott received her implant back in 2008. Ultimately, she had to undergo nine different surgical procedures to remedy problems that the mesh caused her. The court judge who tried the case argued that “the evidence shows that the implant eroded and caused incontinence and pelvic pain.” Scott received $5 million to compensate her for suffering and medical bills. Her husband received $500,000 for loss of consortium.
What will manufacturers do now?
This verdict could very well be a bellwether, in terms of how manufacturers, doctors, and other potential liable parties reconcile with the consequences of vaginal mesh implants gone wrong. Back in January, the FDA told Bard, Johnson & Johnson, and 29 other manufacturers to review the complications associated with these devices and conduct thorough safety studies.
Already, several mesh lawsuits have been consolidated in places like West Virginia; the ramifications of this verdict for those cases are clearly on everyone’s mind.
What should you do if you’ve experienced side effects and pain from your transvaginal mesh implant?
The team here at Carey, Danis & Lowe would be happy to discuss your potential case and help you understand your resources and potential for getting compensated. Call our team today or connect with us online for a confidential, free and thorough evaluation of your potential vaginal mesh lawsuit.