Bard Agrees to Second Settlement for Transvaginal Mesh Injury

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A second lawsuit against C.R. Bard, Inc., manufacturers of Avaulta vaginal mesh implants, has been settled in New Jersey—one of many lawsuits and multi-district litigations (MDLs) against various manufacturers of the product.

The Legal Examiner reports that Bard has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to 56-year-old Melanie Virgil, who alleged in her lawsuit that the Avaulta Plus insert she received caused her severe urinary problems. The suit states that Virgil required three surgeries to address and correct the problems.

This is the second case against Bard to settle before trial. Other cases have gone to court—the first was in 2012, when a California state court jury ordered the company to pay $5.5 million in damages to a woman with injuries caused by an Avaulta implant. Another case in August of 2012 was tried in federal court in West Virginia, where Bard was found liable for damage to the plaintiff’s organs and ordered to pay $2 million.

More than 8,000 claims have been filed against Bard alone, reports the Examiner. Other companies who manufacture transvaginal mesh, including Endo Health Solutions, Inc., Boston Scientific Corp., Coloplast, and Johnson & Johnson are facing similar numbers of lawsults.

More than 3,400 of the cases against Bard have been centralized in an MDL that is scheduled for hearing in the federal court of the Southern District of West Virginia, where U.S. District Judge Goodwin will also oversee 5 other MDLs involving transvaginal mesh products, according to the Examiner.

Several further lawsuits have been filed individually in California, Missouri, and New Jersey.

The alleged complications caused by transvaginal mesh include infection, bleeding, severe pain, perforation of the uterus or other organs, erosion, and discomfort during sexual intercourse.

If you or a loved one has experienced complications due to transvaginal mesh implants, contact San Diego personal injury attorney Melinda J. Helbock. Ms. Helbock represents women who have been injured as a result of transvaginal mesh, and you may be entitled to compensation.