Bard Avaulta Vaginal Mesh Perforation
The Rich Firm, PC P. C. attorneys provide representation and consultation to a number of clients with claims involving the use of Avaulta transvaginal mesh implants. C.R. Bard, Inc. is reportedly in negotiations to settle more than 8,000 medical claims involving injuries caused by Avaulta transvaginal mesh implants. This is after years of Food and Drug Administration warnings and two large jury awards. If you are experiencing medical complications from your vaginal mesh implant you should, of course, see your doctor. Then you need to see your lawyer. Attorneys at The Rich Firm, PC. P.C. understand the sensitive nature of health issues and can help you achieve the best possible legal outcome.
Avaulta Vaginal Mesh Systems Have Caused Serious Injuries
These plastic implants, also known as pelvic slings or bladder mesh, have been used to treat pelvic organ prolapse, a painful condition in which the connective tissue of the pelvis tears, allowing the intestines, bladder or bowel to protrude into the vagina. Transvaginal mesh implants have also been used to treat stress urinary incontinence. For years, women reported
- erosion of the mesh into the vagina,
- urinary problems,
- pelvic pain,
- vaginal pain and
- difficulty having sexual intercourse.
The mesh allows natural tissue to grow through and around it, which makes it much harder to remove, often requiring several surgeries. This may cause further scarring and nerve damage. The original pelvic organ prolapse or incontinence then returns, requiring more aggressive medical treatment such as colostomy or pelvic reconstruction.
C.R. Bard May Have Known About these Issues Long Before It Took the Product off the Market
The FDA issued warnings in 2008 and again in 2011, cautioning patients and their doctors about the potential for complications. Bard finally pulled the product in 2012, but not before litigation was underway. These cases are based on the theory that Bard continued to market Avaulta vaginal mesh implants even after it knew or should have known that the design of the device was defective. In the first case to go to trial, a California jury awarded the plaintiff $5.5 million for her injuries. In 2013, another jury awarded $2 million to a nurse from Georgia who had an Avaulta Plus device implanted. Since these two jury awards, Bard has settled several cases and apparently seeks to settle others.
Your Injury Could Have Been Avoided
People generally want to avoid litigation, but if Bard continued to market its Avaulta vaginal mesh products even after it knew the design was defective, it should be held accountable, and you have the right to compensation. Sharing your experience may also be helpful to other women who have been injured.
An experienced attorney at The Rich Firm, PC can add value in several ways. It is sometimes difficult to quantify harm beyond medical bills and lost wages. It is especially difficult when you are trying to describe damage to your relationships or a diminished quality of life. Attorneys at The Rich Firm, PC are very familiar with the Bard Avaulta mesh litigation and are up to date on current settlement negotiations. Under state law you have only a limited period of time to bring your claim. A good personal injury attorney can help make sure that you are not shut out. If you have been injured because of a defective Bard Avaulta vaginal mesh implant, you should get in touch with an attorney at The Rich Firm, PC today.