On May 28, 2015, a Delaware jury ordered Boston Scientific to pay Deborah Barba $100 million to resolve her transvaginal mesh lawsuit. According to Reuters, this transvaginal mesh verdict is the largest Boston Scientific or any other manufacturer has faced.
Scope of Lawsuit Resulting in Transvaginal Mesh Verdict
Barba was implanted with Pinnacle and Advantage Fit mesh in 2009 in order to treat her pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Shortly after, Barba began to experience complications and opted for surgery in order to remove the mesh implant and alleviate her symptoms. After two unsuccessful mesh removal surgeries, fragments of the implant still remained within the plaintiff’s body and she experienced limited relief.
In 2011, Barba decided to take legal action and filed a lawsuit against the device’s manufacturer, Boston Scientific. She claimed the company failed to properly warn patients and doctors about the adverse side effects transvaginal mesh can have.
Barba’s trial lasted two weeks and it took the jury merely seven hours to reach a favorable transvaginal mesh verdict. She was ultimately awarded $25 million in compensatory damages and $75 million in punitive damages. Barba’s transvaginal mesh verdict gives hope to the thousands of women across the country who have filed lawsuits against Boston Scientific in recent years.
In addition to this transvaginal mesh verdict, Boston Scientific agreed to settle 2,970 pelvic mesh cases for around $119 million this year.
Transvaginal Mesh Attorney Information
Our network of attorneys are currently accepting claims from women who have had a mesh implant and have experienced a life-threatening side effect such as ovarian cancer, vaginal epithelium erosion, serious infection, bowel perforation, return of pelvic organ prolapse, bladder perforation, urinary incontinence, and scarring. If you’ve experienced one of these symptoms, contact an attorney today! You may be entitled to financial compensation.
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