Key Trials Scheduled in Consolidated Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
The latest figures provided by the U.S. Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation reports that there has been an increase in the number of federal lawsuits filed by plaintiffs alleging transvaginal mesh failures caused serious injuries to women across the country. As of August 15, 2013, there are now 25,910 cases making similar allegations across the U.S.; the lawsuits have been assigned to a U.S. District Court judge in West Virginia.
Judge Approves Bellwether Trials
The large number of cases involved in the transvaginal mesh litigation shows how widespread the allegations of health complications caused by transvaginal mesh are, as well as the tens of thousands of women who are claiming injuries resulting from these devices.
Additionally, the judge has now scheduled four separate bellwether trials in cases that have been filed against one manufacturer, Boston Scientific Corporation. According to the court file, the first of two of the trials involving allegations with the manufacturer’s Pinnacle transvaginal mesh is slated to begin February 11, 2014. Trials pertaining to Boston Scientific’s Obtryx mesh will start June 17, 2014.
Attorneys and those working in the legal system understand the importance of bellwether trials because they allow for lawyers for both the plaintiffs and defendants to test the weaknesses and strengths of their cases and move the litigation forward. Consumers who have similar allegations should also understand that even though trial dates may not be set in certain cases, law firms across the country are still reviewing and accepting claims from women who have not yet taken the first step to filing lawsuits.
The claims involve allegations that transvaginal mesh devices were implanted into women to help treat incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). However, plaintiffs allege that these devices failed and caused them to suffer from serious side effects such as vaginal pain, organ damage and infections, among other health complications.
Last month, in bellwether trials involving C.R. Bard Inc.’s transvaginal mesh products, a jury found the manufacturer liable for $2 million in damages in one lawsuit, and Bard then settled another trial as it was set to begin.
The $2 million was awarded to a nurse in Georgia who claimed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus implant she received in 2009 was defective and resulted in serious health problems and corrective surgeries. In the other case, Bloomberg News stated on August 21, 2013 that attorneys told the judge overseeing the litigation in West Virginia that the case had been settled; the judge then dismissed the jury.
The woman claimed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus device forced her to have six separate surgeries and caused devastating pain. The settlement came after the first bellwether trial settlement, so it is not uncommon for large corporations defending themselves to decide to settle cases outside of court after they see a pattern in losing large jury verdicts.
A jury also awarded a South Dakota woman $11 million in punitive and compensatory damages in a multidistrict litigation concerning the devices in New Jersey. This lawsuit was over Johnson & Johnson’s Gynecare Prolift and was the first to go to trial from 2,100 transvaginal mesh lawsuit consolidated in the state of New Jersey.
Considering A Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit?
Contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP today by filling out the form on this page or calling us at 888-217-3033 for a free case evaluation. We are representing plaintiffs across the country and working to prove that defective transvaginal mesh cases caused serious injuries in women. If you have suffered from serious complications or life-threatening side effects, contact us today to learn more about your legal rights. You may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries, medical bills and lost wages.