On July 8, the first of four bellwether trials for C.R. Bard transvaginal mesh lawsuits began in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of West Virginia. The plaintiff in the first transvaginal mesh multi-district litigation trial, Donna Cisson, claims to have suffered injuries from a device made of resin-based plastic that was not suitable to be implanted in the human body.
Yet on the second day of the trial, the judge declared a mis-trial. After initial opening statements, an expert in the field of gynecology took the stand. He told the jury that the Bard Avaulta mesh has since been removed from the market after it was implanted into Cisson. This information was in direct conflict with pre-trial rulings that this type of information was to be excluded because it could directly bias the jury. As a result, the judge declared it a mis-trial.
Now earlier this week, the trial for Donna Cisson has begun yet again. Cisson and her attorneys continue to claim that the Avaulta device that was implanted into her in 2002, caused extensive pain, bleeding, and bladder spasms that caused her to undergo two additional surgeries.
The transvaginal mesh devices commonly used to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse are currently under fire for the numerous health problems associated with their implantation in the body. The body’s natural foreign object response causes shrinkage of the device and can ultimately lead to deterioration of nerves, tissue and organs surrounding the transvaginal mesh device.
Women who have been implanted with faulty transvaginal devices made by C.R. Bard and other manufacturers have filed lawsuits against those companies by the thousands. In June 2012, a California jury awarded a woman a $5.5 million verdict for injuries she suffered from an Avaulta transvaginal mesh device.
A plaintiff in Atlantic County, New Jersey was awarded $3.35 million in compensatory damages and $7.76 million in punitive damages when a jury ruled against Johnson & Johnson. The plaintiff was awarded the $11.1 million verdict for injuries she suffered from ProLift, a recalled transvaginal mesh device manufactured by a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon.
Plaintiffs allege that the manufacturers were aware of the serious health risks but chose not to make this information public. As a result, these injured women have suffered horrific injuries, including inflammatory disease, uncontrolled bleeding, and internal perforation.
Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Attorneys
If you or someone you love has experienced transvaginal mesh complications or injuries after a treatment for pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, the transvaginal mesh injury lawyers at Phillips Law Firm can help. Our attorneys understand that transvaginal mesh injuries are often painful and costly for our clients; therefore, if we do not recover anything for you, you do not owe us an attorney fee.
When medical companies are negligent—we hold them accountable. Call Phillips Law Firm at 1-800-708-6000.