Second Bellwether Trial in C.R. Bard Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Litigation Now Underway
The second bellwether trial in the federal C.R. Bard vaginal mesh lawsuit litigation began Monday in the Southern District of West Virginia, less than a week after the plaintiff in a similar case was awarded $2 million in damages caused by another transvaginal mesh implant.
The second suit, which headed to trial on August 19th, was filed by two North Carolina residents who allege the company’s Avaulta Solo Anterior Synthetic Support System was defectively designed by the manufacturer, given its risk to cause complications.
The woman in this Bard Avaulta mesh lawsuit was originally implanted with the Bard Avaulta mesh implant to treat pelvic organ prolapse. As a result of the device, she allegedly experienced mental and physical pain and suffering, physical deformity, multiple revision surgeries, and losses to the sexual relationship between her and her husband.
Plaintiff in First Federal Trial Awarded $2 Million in C.R. Bard Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit
The first trial reached completion on August 15 after a jury found C.R. Bard liable for the bleeding, bladder spasm and pain one Georgia woman experienced after receiving a vaginal mesh product from the manufacturer’s line of Avaulta mesh implants. During the hearing, transvaginal mesh lawyers argued that C.R. Bard used a certain plastic resin in its Avaulta implants that was considered unsuitable for human implantation by its manufacturer, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. The plaintiff in this case was awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages and $1.75 million in punitive damages after just 12 hours of deliberations from the West Virginia jury, according to a report from Bloomberg.com. (Cisson v. C.R. Bard Inc., 11-cv-00195, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia (Charleston)
This transvaginal mesh lawsuit trial is the second of four bellwether cases in the federal proceeding involving products from C.R. Bard to head to trial in the U.S. Court records indicate the company is facing more than 5,000 claims over its transvaginal implants, many of which have been filed in the Southern District of West Virginia.
Similar claims have been filed in separate multidistrict litigations at this location against vaginal mesh manufacturers including American Medical Systems, Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit and Boston Scientific Corp.
Filing a Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit
If you were injured as a result of transvaginal mesh, begin the process of stating your case by contacting a lawyer at Bernstein Liebhard LLP who can help you navigate your legal rights. Call the Firm at (877) 779-1414.