3,000 Product Liability Lawsuits Slam Mesh Company
Reports indicate Bard will pay $200 million to settle lawsuits filed in connection with their pelvic mesh devices.
About the Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit
According to MassDevice, over 3,000 women are speaking up by filing lawsuits against Bard, a large medical device company based out of Providence, Rhode Island.
The suits are a result of reported injuries caused by the pelvic mesh inserts. Products were surgically used to treat sagging organs and incontinence.
According to unnamed sources, plaintiffs would receive $67,000 per case. The Judge out of Southern West Virginia who is overseeing the cases has advised the Bard company to consider bigger settlements. Handling the situation that way would potentially keep the company from more frequent lawsuits that could potentially make the company go bankrupt.
Information About Mesh Complication Injuries
The following information was provided by Drug Watch:
- July 2011, the FDA reported that it had received nearly 4,000 complaints of injury, death or malfunction associated with pelvic mesh devices.
- Early 2015, 70,000 women filed lawsuits after suffering serious injuries from mesh products.
- Among the most common complication reported by women who have been fitted with a pelvic mesh are:
- Chronic pain
- Mesh erosion
- Serious infection
- Urinary problems
- Recurrence of prolapse
- Bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Narrowing of the vaginal wall
- Revision surgeries