Transvaginal Mesh Failure

$200 Million Offered to Settle Transvaginal Mesh Failure Lawsuits

by Staff | August 20th, 2015

A settlement has been offered to as many as 3,000 women who have filed transvaginal mesh failure lawsuits against medical product manufacturer C.R. Bard, Inc. If the agreement is approved, officials say it would resolve roughly 1 out of every 5 transvaginal mesh failure cases.

The women who filed the suits had the mesh product implanted in their bodies as part of a surgical procedure to correct organ prolapse or urinary incontinence; however, the women say the product eroded over time, causing the mesh to perforate organs and tissue and cause extreme pain.

According to an article from Bloomberg Business, C.R. Bard, Inc. is offering $200 million to the victims in order to prevent the cases from going to trial. This means each victim will receive around $67,000.

The decision to settle comes on the heels of several other major transvaginal mesh manufacturers being ordered by the courts to pay their victims for their injuries. A woman was awarded $100 million in damages from Boston Scientific in May for injuries the company’s product caused her to suffer. In 2013, a West Virginia jury ordered Bard to pay another transvaginal mesh failure victim.

It’s important that victims of faulty medical devices receive the compensation they need and deserve, which is why our defective product lawyers are hopeful this settlement will bring closure to the victims who were harmed.

$119 Million Settlement Reached In Transvaginal Mesh Failure Cases

by Staff | May 27th, 2015

Several years ago, transvaginal mesh was being lauded as a breakthrough in medical technology that would allow patients undergoing procedures like hysterectomies and corrective surgery to undergo less invasive surgeries. But with the devices eroding in the body and perforating bowels, organs, and other tissues, many of the devices were recalled.

Reports of transvaginal mesh failure led to a large portion of the patients who were harmed filing lawsuits against the manufacturers of the defective transvaginal meshes. Now, one of those companies is settling almost 3,000 of the cases for an estimated $119 million.

A story from Injury Lawyer News explains Boston Scientific Corp. has agreed to pay the sum to lay to rest 2,970 lawsuits that claim their Pinnacle mesh, used to support organs within patients’ bodies, failed. Cases settled by the agreement can expect to start receiving payments by October 1 of this year.

The settlement comes on the heels of decisions by two separate juries that found Boston Scientific was responsible for the failure of the transvaginal mesh that was used on patients. Those plaintiffs were each awarded millions in compensation.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we have seen the struggles of those who were harmed by a transvaginal mesh failure and that’s why our defective product lawyers are hopeful this settlement will bring a sense of peace and closure to those who were affected by the problems with the Pinnacle device.

Judge Urges Settlements in Transvaginal Mesh Failure Lawsuits

by Staff | February 11th, 2015

Transvaginal mesh is a material that can be used to support a woman’s internal organs following certain medical procedures; however, thousands of patients claim their device has failed, causing pain, infection, and perforation of organs and tissues.

Many of the victims have filed a transvaginal mesh failure lawsuit in order to be compensated for the damage that was done. Now, the judge overseeing more than 70,000 of the cases is urging the makers of the transvaginal mesh products in question to work harder to reach settlements with the victims.

An article released by Reuters states the judge met with top officials from the transvaginal mesh manufacturing companies and attorneys for the victims this past Thursday, February 5. During the session, the judge reiterated it would be a long and costly process to try each of the cases, but unless a settlement is reached in a timely manner between the two parties, he will send the cases to trial.

Several of the companies who made and distributed the faulty mesh have already reached settlements. American Medical Systems put up $1.6 billion to lay 20,000 transvaginal mesh failure lawsuits to rest.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we understand the difficulties and frustrations that can come with recovering from a transvaginal mesh failure. That’s why our defective product lawyers are hopeful that fair and reasonable settlements can be reached for each of these victims in a timely manner.


Millions Awarded to Victims of Transvaginal Mesh Failure

by Staff | December 3rd, 2014

Transvaginal mesh has been used for years as a means to create a support structure for the internal organs of women undergoing certain medical procedures; however, thousands of women have claimed a transvaginal mesh failure caused them serious harm and pain.

Bloomberg News reports that in 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered makers of transvagnial mesh devices to look into rates of complications, such as organ damage and pain, that could be linked to the products after thousands of women came forward with complaints. The claims recently came to a head when two federal juries found manufacturers of transvaginal mesh devices had failed to warn patients of the dangers associated with the product.

In Florida, a jury awarded a total of $26.7 million to four women who stated the devices had decomposed in their bodies, resulting in damage to their internal organs and pain during intercourse.

A jury in West Virginia also found in favor of four women who had made similar claims, awarding them $18.5 million—including $4 million in punitive damages.

The results of these cases means the manufacturers of transvaginal mesh devices may try to settle the thousands of other cases stemming from failures of the device.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we understand the harm that can result from the use of an unsafe medical device and we are here to help anyone who is a victim of such a faulty product. Our defective product lawyers can help clarify your legal rights by answering the questions you have and helping you begin the process of filing a claim. To learn more about how we can help you, call us at (800) 477-7315.