The first bellwether trial in an Avaulta mesh lawsuit, involving a product manufactured by C.R. Bard, was held in August 2013. This was the first case involving the POP transvaginal mesh. The plaintiff required multiple surgeries to remove the mesh, and was awarded compensatory and punitive damages. In July 2012, the Defendant lost another case against Bard in California state court. In this case, the plaintiff was awarded $3.6 million, while the surgeon who installed the mesh was ordered to pay a total of $5.5 million.
Bellwether Trials Continue
Avaulta mesh was stopped selling in the U.S. earlier this month after the FDA demanded more clinical trials of the device. Now, hundreds of Avaulta mesh lawsuits are pending in courts across the country. The plaintiffs are seeking to hold the manufacturers responsible for the severe injuries and complications associated with the mesh, including organ perforation, tissue erosion, pain during sex, and urinary tract infections.
Christine Scott had the Avaulta Mesh implanted in her pelvic region in order to correct a leaky bladder. However, the mesh quickly began cutting through her colon. In addition to the pain and discomfort, the mesh caused her to undergo eight surgeries to repair its problems. In addition, the mesh affected her ability to enjoy a loving relationship with her husband. She filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the device and is now seeking compensation for the pain she has endured.