A landmark jury verdict makes history for a woman who suffered from the complications of transvaginal mesh. The verdict – $5.5 million dollars – marks a major victory for thousands of women who have suffered complications from the mesh medical implant device.
This is the first major verdict in the United States. According to Channel 17 KGET News of California, a jury rendered a verdict in favor of a couple for $5.5 million against the company who made the unsafe medical implant.
Christine Scott underwent surgery for the implantation of a vaginal mesh implant. Ever since she had the vaginal mesh implanted in her, she suffered serious complications. These complications led to eight surgeries before the trial was even held and she is expected to have to undergo more. This is one of the worst cases of complications with transvaginal mesh implants.
Scott and her husband have suffered four years of legal battles and court-ordered silence with the C.R. Bard Medical company, the maker of the Avaulta Mesh that Scott had implanted into her. When Scott first went to the doctor, she went to correct a bladder problem she was experiencing. This is when she had the transvaginal mesh implanted. After the medical device was implanted, Scott experienced serious problems. The medical device began to cut her colon and she had tissue grow through the tiny holes in the mesh. According to Scott, doctors could not tell her how many surgeries she would need to correct these complications.
Though initially approved by the FDA, unbelievably, it was not until July 1, 2012 that C.R. Bard Medical stopped selling the Avaulta Mesh.
According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, there is an estimated 47,000 woman who have had the mesh implanted and currently 650 lawsuits pending in the U.S.
When the jury came back with a verdict, they awarded Scott $5 million and they awarded her husband $500,000 since one of the claims was that the mesh ruined their love life.
Again, this is one of the worst cases with some of the most serious complications but it proves that manufacturers of mesh are going to be held accountable.
If you have suffered complications due to the implantation of a transvaginal patch to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or some type of bladder problem, contact our attorneys for a free case evaluation and consultation.