PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 19, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- A jury in West Virginia recently decided, in the first federal case involving defective transvaginal mesh (TVM), that medical device manufacturer C.R. Bard, Inc., deliberately tried to hide known defects in its TVM product and ultimately put profits ahead of patient safety in continuing to market the mesh as a safe and effective treatment for female pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
The jury awarded Donna Cisson, a public health nurse, $2 million after hearing about complications and revisionary surgeries she endured after receiving Bard's Avaulta sling to correct POP. Cisson experienced vaginal and rectal bleeding after the mesh was implanted, as well as continuing pain and bladder spasms. She later had the mesh sling entirely removed.
This is the second million-dollar verdict against Bard related to its Avaulta line of transvaginal mesh. A California state jury found in favor of another woman who experienced substantial complications after receiving a mesh sling implant; the jury awarded the woman $5.5 million, which was later reduced to $3.6 million by state law.
The case is case is Cisson v. C.R. Bard Inc., 11-cv-00195, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia (Charleston).
Similar defective TVM claims have been made against Endo Health Solutions, Inc. and Boston Scientific, Corp. A New Jersey jury already found against Johnson & Johnson's TVM line and awarded $3.35 million to a woman who received a defective Prolift mesh sling (Gross v. Gynecare Inc., Atl-L-6966-10, Superior Court of Atlantic County, New Jersey (Atlantic City).
The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) first warned women in 2008 that serious complications have been linked to the transvaginal placement of surgical mesh, including infection, organ damage, erosion, bleeding, dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse) and others that may require revision or removal surgery. Females across the country who received a transvaginal mesh implant and who have subsequently experienced a loss in the quality of life due to complications associated with TVM are urged to contact a defective products attorney right away to discuss your rights.
The vaginal mesh complication lawyers at Silvers, Langsam & Weitzman, P.C.
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, offer a free consultation to women who are suffering because of a defective mesh sling. The firm can be reached online via www.myphillylawyer.com
or at 215-789-9346.