More than 3,000 vaginal mesh lawsuits filed against C.R. Bard have reportedly been resolved with a $200 million settlement, according to sources close to the deal who spoke to Bloomberg.
This massive settlement, which resolves about 20 percent of the vaginal mesh cases pending against Bard in federal court, is expected to result in payouts of approximately $67,000 per plaintiff, sources have reported.
It also marks Bard’s continued efforts to resolve these cases with bigger deals, rather than case by case via trial, as U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin has encouraged Bard to do in order to avoid possibly having to pay billions in punitive damages (In re C.R. Bard, Inc. Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia).
Despite this settlement – and verdicts against Bard in vaginal mesh cases that have gone to trial, Bard continues to maintain that its vaginal slings and mesh devices are safe. The company has yet to admit that these devices are defective or pose a serious threat to women’s health.
Alleged Problems with the Vaginal Mesh Devices
The vaginal mesh devices made by Bard (and other manufacturers that are also facing thousands of lawsuits in federal courts) have been alleged to be faulty, causing women to suffer severe, irreversible complications in some cases.
Specifically, the allegations in these lawsuits are generally that Bard:
- Did not properly test the safety and efficacy of its vaginal devices
- Used substandard materials to develop some of its devices – In some cases, the materials used were not approved for implantation in human patients.
- Failed to warn the public about the risks associated with these devices when the company became aware of their problems.
Such negligence, the plaintiffs allege, has led to defective devices being implanted in women and:
- Eroding through the vaginal lining
- Shrinking following implantation
- Perforating organs and other tissues
- Requiring women to need invasive revision surgery to remove the defective devices.
In fact, the FDA has warned that, “serious complications associated with surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of POP are not rare.” In fact, federal officials have reported that about 1 in 10 vaginal mesh patients has had – or will need – revision surgery within five years of the device being implanted.
Bard’s Battle Isn’t Over Yet, Still Facing Thousands of Pending Lawsuits
While this recent settlement announcement may be promising for many plaintiffs, there are still thousands of cases pending in federal court – and potentially many more women who have yet to file a case after being harmed by defective mesh devices.
If you are among those who has been hurt by a Bard or other vaginal mesh device, contact Brown & Brown to learn more about your options for financial recovery.
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