Transvaginal mesh lawsuit verdicts: $18.5 million against Boston Scientific, $3.6 million against Bard

by Charles Miller

A federal court jury in West Virginia has ordered Boston Scientific Corp. to pay $18.5 million to four women after finding their injuries were caused by the Obtryx transvaginal surgical mesh implant. Jurors found Boston Scientific sold defective pelvic mesh devices and failed to adequately warn the women and their doctors about the risks associated with the Obtryx mesh implant.

The women alleged that the Obtryx vaginal mesh device caused them to suffer such injuries as nerve damage, infection and pain during sex. The jury awarded each of the four women damages ranging from $3.25 million to $4.25 million. The jury also found the company acted with “gross negligence” and awarded each woman $1 million in punitive damages.

The jury verdict in Wets Virginia represents Boston Scientific’s third loss of a mesh implant trial since September. A federal court jury in Miami recently awarded $26.7 million to four women alleging injured after using Boston Scientific’s Pinnacle pelvic mesh device. In September, a Texas state court jury awarded $73 million to a woman alleging permanent injuries from the Obtryx bladder mesh. Following that verdict, the trial judge reduced the award to $34.6 million.

Also this month, Bard, another pelvic mesh manufacturer that is facing numerous lawsuits, lost its appeal of a more than $3 million judgment in a California state court. In that case, Christine Scott alleged injuries based on the Bard Avaulta Plus device that she’d had surgically implanted in 2008. In affirming the trial court judgment, the California court of appeals ruled there was substantial evidence presented at Scott’s trial that Bard failed to take reasonable care in designing Avaulta Plus.

Thousands of pelvic mesh lawsuits remain pending around the country. The lawsuits have been filed on behalf of women alleging they suffered from mesh erosion, vaginal scarring, bleeding, pelvic pain and other problems.

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Experts have found that surgery with mesh carries additional risks of complications while offering no additional benefits to the patient. During recent years, the FDA has issued multiple warnings about the risk of complications for patients who receive surgical mesh to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Women who have undergone surgery with mesh have experienced serious complications, including severe pain, infection, bleeding, and pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia), organ perforation, urinary problems, and vaginal mesh erosion.

Thousands of transvaginal surgical mesh lawsuits have been filed involving more than 50 different brands of implants against manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, Gynecare, and American Medical Systems.

If you or a loved one were injured by a surgical mesh product, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive a settlement from the company that manufactured the device. The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have spent years holding drug companies and medical device manufacturers responsible for the injuries and deaths caused by their reckless conduct.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson has won hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. Our firm has considerable experience and expertise when it comes to pursuing claims against the drug and medical device industry. Indeed, we have made it a career priority to hold drug and medical device manufacturers accountable and responsible for their actions. Heygood, Orr & Pearson has represented hundreds of individuals who have been injured by dangerous medical devices like surgical mesh.

At Heygood, Orr & Pearson, Mr. Heygood, Mr. Orr, and Mr. Pearson have all been voted by their peers as Super Lawyers in the state of Texas for several years in a row,* and are all Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Heygood and Mr. Orr are additionally Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Our attorneys have tried over 200 cases to verdict and have achieved verdicts and settlements for our clients totaling more than $200 million. We prepare each case as if it will be go to trail before a jury. We believe that doing the hard work and spending the time and money necessary to prepare a case for trial helps us achieve better results for our clients, whether through a verdict or settlement.

If you have been injured or have lost someone you care about because of defective or dangerous prescription drugs or medical devices including surgical mesh, you deserve to have the manufacturer held responsible for such and deserve proper compensation. Contact us by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001 or by filling out our free case evaluation form to find out more about your legal options.


* Michael Heygood, James Craig Orr, Jr. and Eric Pearson were selected to the Super Lawyers List, a Thomson Reuters publication, for the years 2003 through 2014.