Transvaginal mesh maker Bard ordered to pay $250,000 in compensatory damages and $1.75 million in punitive damages

by Michael Heygood

Donna Cisson got an Avaulta Plus transvaginal surgical mesh implant in 2009 to buttress organs that were collapsing into her pelvic region. After she began suffering pain, bleeding and bladder spasms, she then had to undergo several surgeries to remove the mesh. She sued C.R. Bard Inc., alleging the company hid flaws within the vaginal mesh implant.

The case was the first federal transvaginal mesh suit to go to trial. Jurors deliberated over two days before finding that Bard defectively designed the Avaulta implants and failed to properly warn doctors and women about the mesh’s flaws. The jury awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages. In addition, the jury awarded $1.75 million in punitive damages because they also found that the company’s conduct amounted to “malice, fraud or wantonness.”

The case was one of many that have been consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. Another trial is set to begin before the same judge on August 19th and two others are set for next month.

Bard faces thousands of other claims over its Avaulta devices by women alleging the devices can cause organ damage and make sexual intercourse painful when the devices erode. Johnson & Johnson, Endo Health Solutions Inc. and Boston Scientific Corp. face similar claims over transvaginal surgical mesh products.

If you or a loved one was treated with transvaginal surgical mesh and have suffered complications from this product, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. For more information and to find out if you are eligible to file a case, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-447-9001 or by completing the free case evaluation form located on this page.