On August 21, 2013—Less than a week after a jury awarded Donna Cisson $2 million in the first federal lawsuit regarding vaginal mesh injuries—attorneys for Wanda Queen notified a federal judge that they had settled with defendant C.R. Bard just as the second federal trial was about to begin in West Virginia.
Bard faces more than 8,000 claims over its Avaulta line of transvaginal mesh (TVM). Ethicon (Johnson & Johnson), Endo Health Solutions (American Medical Systems, Inc.), Mentor Worldwide LLC, Coloplast, and Boston Scientific face similar claims.
The FDA has issued multiple safety communications on the serious complications associated with TVM. From 2005 through 2010, more than 4,000 women reported TVM complications to the FDA. The most common injuries include:
- Mesh erosion through the vagina
- Pain during intercourse
- Urinary problems
- Organ perforation
Other TVM complications include:
- Recurrent pelvic organ prolapse (POP)
- Multiple revision surgeries
- Neuromuscular problems
- Vaginal scarring
- Vaginal shrinkage
- Emotional distress
If you or a loved one has been affected by a TVM product, contact us at www.andrewsthornton.com or toll free at 1-800-644-1734.