The latest transvaginal mesh trial result is in, and it is a tally in the Plaintiff’s column. Last week, a former bank teller, Deborah Barba, 52, who suffered significant injuries related to transvaginal mesh, was awarded a total of $100 million by a Delaware jury. The verdict included $25 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages.
According to her 2001 lawsuit, Barba had Boston Scientific’s Pinnacle and Advantage Fit mesh implanted in 2009 in an effort to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. She subsequently suffered from serious complications as a result of the device and had two surgeries in an attempt to resolve the issues. However, parts of the device still remain in her body, causing her extreme pain and discomfort.
After much deliberation and a two-week trial, jurors concluded that Boston Scientific “had been negligent in designing and making the devices and that it had failed to warn patients and doctors about the potential risks” (Dye, 2015).
Of the 2,970 cases regarding transvaginal mesh cases resolved thus far, Barba’s verdict is the largest one yet.
Between seven different manufacturers, there are estimated to be approximately 100,000 lawsuits over transvaginal mesh devices in the U.S. federal and state courts. Other than Boston Scientic, Major defendants include Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit, and C.R. Bard.
If you or a loved one have been harmed by such a faulty medical device and want to discuss your rights with a lawyer, contact Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP.