Women who have suffered from a transvaginal mesh and have filed a lawsuit could receive compensation following a verdict or settlement.
Transvaginal mesh injuries could cause an impeccable amount of pain and could forever alter a woman’s life and her family’s life. These women often times require multiple surgeries and even then there is no guarantee all the particles will be removed. Their legal options could help them pay for their medical bills as well as help with any other financial trouble they ran into while tending to their mesh complications, like loss of wages, and pain and suffering.
Have You Been Effected by Transvaginal Mesh Product?
If you have been injured by a mesh implant or have a friend or loved one who has been injured, it’s a good idea to speak with a qualified transvaginal mesh attorney about your legal options. An experienced qualified mesh attorney can help determine your eligibility for compensation due to a defective transvaginal mesh implant. There is no guarantee that your lawsuit will be successful, but options are there for you and a consultation is usually always free. Filing a lawsuit could help improve your quality of life following an injury due to transvaginal mesh complications.
Verdicts and Settlements
As most juries seem to favor verdicts in cases regarding transvaginal mesh, the U.S. District Judge warned the device manufacturer’s to cut their losses and urged them to settle any outstanding claims they had in order to avoid outrageous court costs and potential case losses. Some companies opted to settle their disputes before cases went to trial.
Johnson & Johnson – Ethicon
Of all the mesh manufacturer’s out there dealing with legalities, Johnson & Johnson have been the slowest to offer any settlements. The J&J Company is facing the highest number of federal lawsuits in history. The company is attempting to weed out unworthy and fake claims before offering any settlements, but in January 2015 the company settled 4 lawsuits. The amount settled for was undisclosed.
In late 2014, the U.S. District Judge asked C.R. Bard to hurry up and get their cases settled or risk being faced with billions of dollars in a juror’s verdict. C.R. Bard had its first federal trial in July 2013 and faced over 2 million dollars being owed. The award included more than 250 thousand dollars in compensatory damages, as well as 1.75 million dollars in punitive damages. The company tried to appeal the verdict, but they were denied. C.R. Bard has opted to settle more of their cases, but not before they were accountable for 5.5 million dollars for a case that went to trial in California. The company also attempted to appeal the verdict, but were again denied.
American Medical Systems
Just a few weeks before the bard verdicts, American Medical Systems agreed to settle an undisclosed amount of cases for over 54.4 million dollars. Their settlement agreement involved both state and federal charges. American Medical Systems was among several other companies that the FDA ordered to conduct post-market studies of surgical mesh in late 2012. American Medical Systems was estimated 159.8 million dollars in liability. In mid-2014 American Medical Systems settled more than 20,000 mesh claims and paid out more than 850 million dollars. In order to be eligible for an award, the claimant must be represented by a certain firm and participate in the settlement. The settlement is also subject to court approval.
Boston Scientific recently lost two federal trials back-to-back in. One federal jury in West Virginia was awarded over $18.5 million. A Miami federal jury awarded $26.7 million and $1 million for punitive damages. In September 2014, a Texas state jury awarded $73 million to a case and included an additional $50 million for punitive damages.
In 2014 Coloplast agreed to pay more than 16 million dollars to settle more than 400 mesh lawsuits. Each claimant will receive close to $40,000 each.
It’s important to know that every transvaginal mesh case is different and that there is no guarantee that the verdict will be favorable to you or a settlement will even occur, but a qualified mesh attorney can help explain your legal options.