California Couple Wins $5.5 Million in Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit


In a landmark verdict last July, a California couple won $5.5 million in a vaginal mesh lawsuit they filed after patient Christine Scott suffered irreversible injuries stemming from a device manufactured by C.R. Bard Inc.

The jury in this case found the company partially responsible for the plaintiff’s injuries, and awarded her $5 million in damages. Her husband was also granted $500,000 because of damages to the couple’s sex life.

This vaginal mesh lawsuit was brought in 2009 after the plaintiff received C.R. Bard’s Avaulta Plus device twice to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI). She underwent eight more procedures and nine revision surgeries to remove the device, which doctors eventually concluded could not be done safely.

The company’s Avaulta line of transvaginal mesh products continued to be distributed three more years after Scott was implanted with the surgical material until they were finally pulled from U.S. shelves in July 2012—the same month the California jury reached its decision to rule in favor of the California couple in their transvaginal mesh lawsuit. C.R. Bard no longer distributes its Avaulta Biosynthetic, Avaulta Plus and Avaulta Solo devices in the U.S.

Side Effects that Have Prompted Patients to File Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Thousands of vaginal mesh lawsuits are now pending in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) based in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. These claims have been brought on behalf of patients who incurred the following side effects stemming from transvaginal mesh devices:

  • mesh erosion
  • infection
  • pain
  • recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and/or stress urinary incontinence (SUI)
  • pain during sexual intercourse
  • urinary problems
  • bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation during insertion

Manufacturers Facing Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

In addition to C.R. Bard, transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers such as Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, Ethicon, and American Medical Systems. To learn more, please call 1-(888)-217-3033.

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