C.R Bard Inc. settled over 500 lawsuits this month for a sum of over $21 million— or $43,000 per case. The lawsuits claimed that Bard’s transvaginal mesh products caused bodily harm to the women implanted with them for the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
These cases only signal the beginning, however, as Bard faces over 12,400 lawsuits and is one of numerous manufacturers targeted in similar lawsuits. Other manufacturers of transvaginal mesh devices known to cause severe complications include Johnson & Johnson and Boston Scientific Corp.
A Sign of Things to Come for Other Vaginal Mesh Patients
The recent decision to resolve these cases may be an indication that C.R Bard is more willing to settle lawsuits with plaintiffs who claim that the devices were defective and that the risks associated with them were not communicated clearly to patients.
Endo International Plc is an Irish manufacturer of transvaginal mesh devices that recently settled over 30,000 lawsuits that alleged its devices eroded and caused bodily harm that resulted in severe pain and discomfort. Endo International Plc agreed to pay $1.3 billion in the settlement.
Current lawsuits underway may be the tip of the iceberg— 70,000 women were implanted with transvaginal devices in 2010 and many of those affected by defective devices may not have come forward yet.
As the first companies move closer toward settlement, larger manufacturers may follow suit. Johnson & Johnson was required to pull four different transvaginal mesh products off the market and is still embroiled in an ongoing legal battle.
The Battle is not over For Women Impacted by Defective Mesh Products
While the settlement of these 500 cases is a positive step in the right direction, Bard continues to refrain from commenting on ongoing legal matters, making it difficult to predict its next move and the actual likelihood of future settlements. If the company feels pressure from large judgments in similar cases or wishes to avoid extensive punitive damages, it could be possible to see a larger settlement in the future.
C.R Bard is only one of multiple defendants as well and it is impossible to predict how many new lawsuits will surface and the value of any possible settlements at this time.
If you received a defective transvaginal mesh product, contact us today to learn more about ongoing litigation and how it affects you. We would be happy to arrange a free consultation where we can review your case and let you know more about your rights as well as what you can expect from the ongoing mass tort against transvaginal mesh manufacturers.
Once we examine your case thoroughly, we will advise you on how best to proceed and help you take the first steps. Should we be unable to help you or collect compensation on your behalf, our services will be free of charge.