Device Maker Settles Bard Avaulta Lawsuit Filed Over Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects

Surgical Mesh Settlement

Written by Faith Anderson on October 10, 2013
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Device Maker Settles Bard Avaulta Lawsuit Filed Over Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects

C.R. Bard, one of the largest manufacturers of transvaginal mesh devices, has agreed to settle another lawsuit over problems with its Bard Avaulta product.

According to recent reports, C.R. Bard has agreed to settle another surgical mesh lawsuit filed over its Bard Avaulta product, avoiding yet another early trial date scheduled in the litigation. The complaint, brought by Melanie Virgil, involved allegations that the company’s surgical mesh device caused her to suffer serious urinary complications, and was scheduled to go before a jury in New Jersey in September when the device maker agreed to pay an undisclosed amount to settle the suit. This marks the second transvaginal mesh case Bard has settled since a federal jury in West Virginia ordered the company in August to pay $2 million to a woman who blamed Bard Avaulta mesh for her internal injuries. If you believe you have been injured by a potentially dangerous medical device like surgical mesh, contact a reputable attorney in your area to discuss your legal options.

Side Effects Potentially Linked to Mesh Devices

Bard Avaulta is a type of surgical mesh introduced by C.R. Bard as a means of repairing pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women. A number of similar products were developed and sold by other manufacturers and have since been connected to reports of problems occurring after surgery, including mesh erosion, infection, urinary problems and other complications. Melanie Virgil, a junior high school music teacher in Colorado, sued Bard after her transvaginal mesh device began to erode, according to the court documents. The 56-year-old woman claimed that, because of the surgical mesh complications, she required three surgeries to address urinary problems.

Lawsuits Filed Over Surgical Mesh Complications

The latest Bard Avaulta settlement agreement comes as many of the cases filed against Bard and other surgical mesh manufacturers have been consolidated before U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin for pretrial proceedings. In addition to the complaints involving Bard Avaulta mesh, Goodwin is also presiding over more than 22,000 other product liability lawsuits filed over problems with surgical mesh devices manufactured by other companies, including 8,967 against American Medical System, 5,232 against Boston Scientific, 7,751 against Ethicon, and more. These complaints involve similar allegations that the medical device makers failed to adequately warn patients about the serious risks posed by transvaginal mesh implants.

Contact a Product Liability Lawyer in Your Area

In the West Virginia case, which was concluded on August 15, the jury ruled that Bard should pay $250,000 in compensatory damages and $1.75 million in punitive damages to Donna Cisson, a Georgia nurse who suffered organ damage and other problems after being treated with Bard Avaulta mesh. If you received a Bard Avaulta mesh implant and you have since suffered from infection, mesh erosion, or another serious product side effect, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers harmed by deceptive drug companies and medical device makers, and we can help put you in touch with a qualified attorney who has experience handling product liability cases in your area.

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