New York, New York (PRWEB) September 16, 2013
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, notes that a Sept. 14 Bloomberg report indicates that, according to two sources, C.R. Bard has agreed to settle another lawsuit for an undisclosed amount; this one also regards its Avaulta-branded vaginal mesh device, according to Bloomberg.
Bard officials agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to resolve Plaintiff Melanie Virgil’s claims that she suffered urinary problems because of Bard’s Avaulta Plus insert, the two sources told Bloomberg.
The case put to rest was Virgil v. C.R. Bard Inc. (BCR), Case No.: ATL-L6917-10, which had been filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey Law Division, Atlantic County. Bard is also part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL), called In re: C.R. Bard Inc. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, 10-md-02187, in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia (Charleston). The previous settled case was part of the MDL (Queen v. C.R. Bard Inc., Case No. 2:11-cv-00012).
Last month, as Bloomberg noted in its article, a federal jury awarded $2 million in damages to a Georgia woman, having found that C.R. Bard Inc. had failed to warn of the potential dangers associated with its Avaulta-branded vaginal mesh device, according to court documents. On Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, the jurors awarded the woman $250,000 in compensatory damages and $1.75 million in punitive damages. The trial had begun on July 29, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Charleston Division (Cisson v. C.R. Bard Inc., Case No. 2:11-cv-00195).
“While we don’t know the amount of either settlement, we remain hopeful that the amounts will sufficiently assist these claimants with getting the medical attention they may require in the future,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP.
Thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been formulated into six MDLs pending in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The list is comprised of Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2327; In Re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2325; In Re: C.R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2187; In Re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2326; In Re: Coloplast Corp., Pelvic Support Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2387; and In Re Cook Medical, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2440.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) reported on July 13, 2011, that the most common complications associated with transvaginal mesh may include:
The FDA also stated that complications linked to transvaginal mesh implants are “not rare” and warned that use of such devices may actually be more harmful compared to alternative methods for treating pelvic organ prolapse.
Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free lawsuit consultations to victims of transvaginal mesh injuries. If you or a loved one experienced complications following POP and SUI surgery with mesh, please visit the firm's transvaginal mesh injury page at yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).
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