Record-Breaking Transvaginal Mesh Verdict Awards Victim $100 Million
Currently, it is estimated that there are more than 100,000 lawsuits pending against transvaginal mesh manufacturers including Boston Scientific, Ethicon, Inc. (Johnson & Johnson) and C.R. Bard, Inc. Just this past May, a Delaware jury handed down a $100 million verdict against Boston Scientific.
The plaintiff, a 51-year-old woman, sued the company after having the Pinnacle and Advantage Fit mesh implanted in 2009 to correct pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Following the initial implantation, she experienced serious side effects including pain, urinary tract infections and painful intercourse. She also underwent two additional unsuccessful corrective surgeries. The $100 million is comprised of $25 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages.
Following the trial, the jury found that Boston Scientific was negligent in the design and manufacturing of the mesh products and fraudulently failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about potential risks associated with mesh implantation. In July 2014, a Texas jury awarded a $73 million verdict to a similar plaintiff. This award was later reduced to $34 million due to Texas’ specific punitive damages cap.
The FDA has issued warnings about the use of transvaginal mesh and potential complications including
- Mesh erosion
- Pain during sex
- Organ perforation
- Urinary tract infections
At Osborne & Associates, our Florida transvaginal mesh attorneys have handled numerous transvaginal mesh cases and were personally involved in securing a $26.7 million verdict in November, 2014. While each case is different and presents its own challenges, our transvaginal mesh attorneys are ready to explore any and all legal options that may be available for you. To discuss your case, call (561) 293-2600 or send an email.