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C.R. Bard has agreed to pay more than $21 million to resolve more than 500 lawsuits alleging that its vaginal mesh implants seriously harmed women.
According to a Bloomberg news report, this is the first large-scale settlement of claims over the company’s devices. The medical device manufacturer agreed to pay an average of more than $43,000 per claim to settle hundreds of vaginal mesh cases.
The deal comes a federal judge in West Virginia ordered lawyers for Bard to prepare for trials of 500 lawsuits that alleged the defective medical devices damages women’s organs and left them with chronic and excruciating pain. With the trials looming, Bard agreed to settle the cases.
More of these settlements are expected in the future as the company faces over 12,400 suits over the vaginal mesh implants.
Severe and Painful Complications
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered manufacturers of vaginal mesh implants including Bard, Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific Group and others to study rates of organ damage and complications linked to the devices. The FDA has also said that the implants should be subject to more stringent safety requirements.
In 2010, more than 70,000 women got the implants, which are threaded through incisions in the vagina to shore up pelvic muscles in order to support internal organs or treat incontinence.
Many women reported severe and side effects and complications including the device disintegrating and causing nerve damage, incontinence and pain during intercourse. Our legal team has come across a number of cases where women’s quality of life and livelihoods have been destroyed due to these defective devices.
Lack of Proper Testing
There are a number of medical devices in the market that have been put in the market without being tested properly. These defective vaginal mesh devices are among such products. A number of women have been led to believe that these procedures are minimally invasive and have virtually no side effects.
These women were not given accurate information on which they could make important decisions that would have a significant impact on their health and future.
C.R. Bard and other vaginal mesh implant manufacturers should do right by their customers and compensate them for their losses – physical, financial and emotional. If you or a loved one has suffered side effects due to a vaginal mesh implant, please contact our vaginal mesh attorneys to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.