Bard Avaulta Mesh Settlement
Written by Faith Anderson on May 14, 2014
Settlement Reached in Advance of Bard Avaulta Mesh Bellwether Trial
C.R. Bard has reached an agreement to settle the last of three Bard Avaulta bellwether trials out of court.
Just a few weeks before the last of a series of bellwether trials involving Bard Avaulta vaginal mesh lawsuits was set to begin, the parties have reportedly reached an agreement to settle the case. Trial was set to begin on May 19, in a transvaginal mesh lawsuit filed by Carolyn Jones, who claimed to have suffered serious complications from C.R. Bard’s controversial surgical mesh product. If you underwent surgery with transvaginal mesh to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI), and you have experienced a major side effect like mesh erosion, infection or internal injury, contact a knowledgeable Bard Avaulta mesh attorney today to discuss your legal options.
Transvaginal Mesh Bellwether Trials
The complaint filed by Carolyn Jones was the last of three bellwether trials involving complications of Bard Avaulta mesh, which has been the subject of more than 7,000 lawsuits filed in the federal court system. Bellwether trials are designed to help the involved parties gauge how juries may respond to certain testimony and evidence that is likely to be repeated throughout the litigation. The first Bard Avaulta bellwether trial began in July 2013, and plaintiff Donna Cisson was awarded $2 million in damages for her surgical mesh injuries, including $1.5 million in punitive damages designed to punish C.R. Bard for its actions regarding the design and sale of its Bard Avaulta mesh device.
Lawsuits Over Vaginal Mesh Injuries
In addition to vaginal mesh lawsuits filed against C.R. Bard, more than 50,000 women throughout the United States are pursuing legal action against other makers of potentially defective surgical mesh products, including Boston Scientific, Cook Medical, Ethicon and Coloplast Corp. All of the complaints involve similar allegations that the transvaginal mesh manufacturers failed to provide adequate warnings for consumers and the medical community about the risk of serious and disfiguring side effects linked to surgical mesh, including erosion of the mesh through the vagina, mesh infection, and injury to internal organs.
A Skilled Surgical Mesh Lawyer Can Help
According to a notice published on April 29, Jones’ vaginal mesh trial was cancelled because the parties reached an agreement to settle the case out of court. Now that the three bellwether trials have been completed, C.R. Bard will next face a wave of 200 vaginal mesh trials, with the first trials set to begin in January 2015. If you believe you have been adversely affected by side effects of Bard Avaulta mesh, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help put you in touch with a qualified transvaginal mesh lawyer. You may have grounds to file a product liability lawsuit against C.R. Bard, in order to pursue financial compensation for your surgical mesh injuries and medical expenses.