Jury Awards $5.5 Million to California Woman for Injuries Caused by Transvaginal Mesh Implant

A California jury has awarded $5.5 million to a woman and her husband in compensation for their injuries caused by Avaulta Plus, a transvaginal mesh implant manufactured by C.R. Bard Inc. Bloomberg reports that the case in Bakersfield, California is the first in the nation to go to trial. After hearing the evidence, the jury concluded that the manufacturer was negligent, particularly in failing to properly test the vaginal mesh implants before they were placed on the market.

Hundreds of cases are pending against the manufacturers of vaginal mesh, a product that is touted as helping women suffering from pelvic organ prolapse (POP). For many women, the mesh implants only lead to debilitating pain, infection and organ damage. The devices can erode and shrink over time as well as shift out of place, actually cutting through the vaginal wall. Johnson & Johnson's Ethicon division has already announced its plans to stop the sale of four vaginal mesh products.

The jury's $5.5 million verdict included awards for pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of consortium and other damages. Bard says it will appeal.

In August 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined that transvaginal mesh implants pose a high risk to women, given the side-effect reports filed with the agency between January 2008 and December 2010. In January of this year, the FDA ordered Bard, Johnson & Johnson and 29 other manufacturers to conduct three-year-long safety studies of organ damage and complications caused by the vaginal mesh implants.

In the California case, the injured woman received the transvaginal mesh implant in 2008, after which time she was forced to undergo nine surgical procedures to correct problems caused by the Avaulta device. The mesh implant eroded over time, causing urinary incontinence and pelvic pain.

If you (or a loved one) have undergone surgery in which transvaginal mesh was used to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI), and you have experienced some of the dreadful complications associated with that product, you may be entitled to compensation. No one expects that a company would sell a product to treat a medical condition when that very product might cause complications even worse than the original problem. Audrey Udashen and the vaginal mesh lawyers at Weinstein Caggiano PLLC devote their practice to helping people with injuries caused by the conduct of corporations more interested in making money than in making safe products. From our offices in Seattle/Tacoma, we represent clients all over the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, as well as others across the nation.

Weinstein Caggiano PLLC is here to answer your questions about transvaginal mesh, about the legal process and about us. Call us today at 800-406-1690 or complete the Contact form on this page for a free consultation with an attorney today.