Due to the recent influx of adverse events regarding the surgical application of transvaginal mesh devices, several hundred lawsuits are currently pending in our nation’s courts. However, Monday witnessed the first of which ruled in favor of the plaintiff. Subsequently, Christine Scott and her husband were awarded $5.5 million after a jury ruled that C.R. Bard Inc. was responsible for the injuries she sustained upon receiving a transvaginal mesh implant. The final verdict not only serves as a decisive victory for the Scott family, but for all of the women who have experienced pain and suffering upon receiving a transvaginal mesh implant.
The surgical application of transvaginal mesh acts as a reinforcement to the compromised pelvic tissue. Accordingly, it is often used in the treatment of stress urinary incontinence (SUI), pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or damage sustained to the vaginal wall during childbirth. Therefore, in being added to the damaged area, transvaginal mesh acts as a reinforcement that prevents the further displacement of tissue and organs.
Mrs. Scott received a transvaginal mesh implant approximately four years ago for the treatment of SUI, otherwise known as leaky bladder. However, only a short period of time passed before the device began to perforate her colon. Additionally, perforation of the colon was followed by the subsequent erosion of the mesh into the organ itself. Due to the onset of extreme pain and discomfort, Scott was forced to undergo approximately eight individual surgeries. “I don’t know if I’ll have ten surgeries now. I don’t know if I’ll have one. I don’t know if I’ll have 100. The doctors cannot tell me,” Scott said in June.
In light of her progressively worsening condition, Scott turned to the Kern County Superior Court system, where she filed her own transvaginal mesh lawsuit. According to court documents, Scott alleges that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh device was to blame for the extreme pain and discomfort she had been subjected to. She claims the perforation of her colon and the subsequent erosion of the device into the local tissue have caused persistent issues that have yet to be resolved.
Upon completion of deliberation, the jury assigned to Scott’s transvaginal mesh lawsuit acknowledged that Bard was negligent in the handling of their product in question. Subsequently, the jury ruled that Bard also knew of the potential dangers associated with their device, yet failed to address them. As a result, the jury awarded Scott $5 million dollars in compensation. An addition $500,000 was awarded to her husband after he claimed the Avaulta Plus device ruined their love life.
The outcome of Scott’s transvaginal mesh lawsuit will undoubtedly have a resounding effect on the hundreds of lawsuits that are currently pending in our nation’s courts. The Securities and Exchange Commission indicates 47,000 women have had the mesh implanted, and 650 lawsuits are pending. Representatives of the women in those trials “view this verdict s a promising outcome that underscores the compelling case against the mesh makers and promoters.”
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