“This verdict gives validity and merit to women’s transvaginal mesh claims and illustrates the gravity of some of the injuries sustained,” commented Attorney Holly Ennis of Ennis & Ennis, P.A. after a jury entered a verdict of $5.5 million dollars against TV Mesh manufacturer CR Bard in the first TVM case to go to trial.
Christine Scott, 53, of Bakersfield, CA had two of Bard’s mesh devices implanted in 2008 to treat occasional urinary incontinence, but has since undergone eight additional surgeries and nine other procedures due to the mesh device cutting her colon and tissue that continues to grow through the tiny holes of the mesh, according to court documents.
On July 1, 2012 Bard suspended sales of Scott’s mesh device in the United States. This came nearly 12 months after the FDA had issued a Safety Alert for all TV Mesh devices because it was unclear if the “mesh is more effective than traditional non-mesh repair” and may expose patients to greater risk. There are currently hundreds of other similar cases pending just within the four federal vaginal mesh MDLs against multiple manufacturers, including C.R. Bard (MDL 2187), American Medical Systems (MDL 2325), Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon (MDL 2327 ) and Boston Scientific (MDL 2326), pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
“This is the first step in holding these companies accountable for the harm they have caused to thousands of women across our country” stated Sean Keith, who serves on the J&J Ethicon Plaintiff Steering Committee.
All of the cases involving polypropylene mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The FDA has warned that complete removal of the mesh device may not be possible and may not result in complete resolution of complications, including pain. The mesh is often accompanied with serious injuries including mesh erosion, pain, painful sexual intercourse (dyspareunia), infection, urinary problems, bleeding, organ perforation, recurrent prolapse, neuro-muscular problems, vaginal scarring/shrinkage and emotional problems.
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