Today, the final bellwether vaginal mesh lawsuit that has been filed against C.R. Bard was supposed to get underway in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. However, this case has been postponed for the fourth time because a key expert witness for the plaintiffs is reportedly unavailable. The last time this case was postponed was back in November 2013 when Judge Joseph Goodwin signed Order number 380; at that time, there was no official reason given for the postponement.
This case, Jones v. C.R. Bard, Inc., is the fourth and last bellwether case that Bard will be facing. Bellwether cases are test cases that provide both the other plaintiffs and defendants who cases have yet to go to trial with a better idea of what to expect in terms of judicial rulings and final judgments in their cases.
Allegations in this Case
According to court documents, this case (Case No. 2:11-cv-00114) alleges that the plaintiff, Carolyn Jones, initially had Bard’s Avaulta vaginal mesh sling implanted as part of her treatment for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Within months of the sling implantation, however, Jones reportedly developed some severe complications that required her to have to undergo at least one surgery to remove the defective vaginal mesh sling. Erosion of the mesh through the vaginal walls, perforation of other internal organs and severe pelvic pain are just some of the serious injuries that have been reportedly linked to vaginal mesh slings like the Bard Avaulta sling.
In addition to alleging that Bard’s defective mesh caused her injuries, Jones is also alleging (similar to the thousands of other vaginal mesh lawsuits that have been filed against Bard) that Bard:
- Did not properly safety test its mesh
- Knew or should have known about the serious complications associated with its mesh slings
- Failed to properly warn women about the possibility of such serious side effects and, instead, marketed the Avaulta vaginal mesh as safe and effective.
St. Louis Vaginal Mesh Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured after use of a vaginal mesh sling from any manufacturer, contact the St. Louis vaginal mesh lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law. We have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at aggressively defending our clients’ rights in any legal setting. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families who have suffered injuries and losses and/or who need help navigating through the complexities of the court system.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in various areas of personal injury litigation, including vaginal mesh lawsuits. Our unwavering dedication to the pursuit of justice in every case we handle means that we will work relentlessly to help our clients achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases. One of our primary goals is to help accident victims secure the maximum possible compensation for their injuries and losses so they can focus on their recovery and moving on with their lives.