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 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.
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