FRESNO, Cali. — A California Appeals Court unanimously affirmed $5.5 million verdict against C.R. Bard, Inc. and a gynecologist for the injuries Christine Scott suffered from a defective vaginal mesh implant.
What Happened to Christine Scott?
Christine Scott and her husband filed suit against C.R. Bard and her doctor in 2009. Vaginal mesh was placed in her pelvic region to treat mild pelvic prolapse, but it then caused severe health complications. Mrs. Scott became unable to control her bowel movements or have sex, even after eight additional operations were conducted to fix the defective vaginal mesh’s erosion and subsequent urination blockage. She also suffered from nerve damage and chronic pain.
In 2012 a jury found her injuries were caused by the Avaulta Plus implant – a vaginal mesh medical device manufactured by C.R. Bard. The jury awarded a total verdict of $5.5 million with $3.6 million specifically assigned as judgment against C.R. Bard. They found the company was negligent in designing the medical device and was negligent in training doctors to use the mesh. The verdict was appealed by the company and reaffirmed by Court of Appeal of the State of California, 5th Appellate District (Case No. F066039). Christine Scott’s verdict is one of the first major losses C.R. Bard has suffered for its dangerous transvaginal mesh.
Uses of Transvaginal Mesh
Transvaginal mesh is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. This relatively common condition in women is caused by weakened or damaged pelvic muscles and tissues. This group of muscles (called the pelvic floor) holds the nearby organs in place, such as the bladder, bowels, and uterus. Vaginal mesh is surgically inserted to help keep things in place. Unfortunately, thousands of women have found that it has serious health consequences including bleeding, infection, organ perforation, incontinence, and sexual problems. Furthermore, the mesh disintegrates or migrates and often ends up causing the very pelvic prolapse it is meant to prevent. In 2011 the FDA issued a warning that transvaginal mesh to fix pelvic prolapse can lead to additional and greater health risks for women.
C.R. Bard is one of the leading manufacturers of transvaginal mesh medical devices. In this case, it was the company’s Avaulta Plus Mesh kit and mesh sling that cause Mrs. Scott’s injuries. There are more than 10,000 lawsuits pending against C.R. Bard for its dangerous and defective transvaginal mesh. All of the lawsuits claim the company’s device caused serious health complications. In addition to being accused of negligently designing the product, the lawsuits also claim C.R. Bard failed to provide adequate warnings to physicians and patients regarding the safety risk of the medical device. The company has also been accused of providing inadequate training of physicians who are using its transvaginal mesh kits.
Transvaginal mesh lawsuits are filed not just against C.R. Bard, but against other major manufacturers. Currently there are 60,000 pending transvaginal mesh lawsuits in federal court alone and thousands of others in state court.
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