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FAVORABLE TVM VERDICTS AND SETTLEMENTSAfter experiencing a serious injury or life-changing moment, many wish that they could turn back the hands of time. For those who have undergone transvaginal mesh or bladder sling surgery, irreversible damage makes this dream completely impossible. The only remote form of comfort is a verdict holding mesh manufacturers accountable for selling dangerous products and compensation for mounting medical bills and the suffering inflicted on your life.
Ethicon Gynecare Settlement
In September 2014, a federal jury in West Virginia awarded $3.27 million to a woman who experienced complications after the implantation of an Ethicon Gynecare mesh device. The plaintiff claimed that the mesh device caused permanent damage, and Johnson & Johnson did not provide a complete warning about the risks.
Prolift Pelvic Mesh
A Philadelphia jury awarded $12.5 million ($5.5 million in compensation, plus $7 million in punitive damages) to a woman who experienced complications from the Prolift pelvic mesh implant.
Endo International Settlement
In October 2014, Endo International reached a $400 million settlement for 10,000 lawsuits. Under this agreement, each plaintiff would receive approximately $48,000.
Avaulta Plus Settlement
In July 2012, Christine Scott received $5.5 million from C.R. Bard including $500,000 for the impact on her husband. The Avaulta mesh implant resulted in the plaintiff undergoing eight surgeries and nine additional medical procedures. This mesh product, which the FDA approved in 2008, punctured Scott's colon and affected intimacy with her husband. On July 1, 2012, the manufacturer stopped selling its Avaulta Plus mesh device.
Johnson & Johnson Settlement
In February 2013, a New Jersey woman who needed 18 mesh revision surgeries received $11.1 million. The jury concluded that Johnson & Johnson (J&J) showed “wanton and willful disregard” of the plaintiff. The award comprised $7.76 million in punitive damages and $3.35 million for the plaintiff's medical expenses, pain and suffering as well as lost income. Another Texas woman also received $1.2 million from J&J, which is facing more than 23,000 mesh lawsuits.
Boston Scientific Settlement
In November 2014, the first federal bellwether trial to go to court resulted in an $18.5 million award from Boston Scientific to four women. During the previous month, a jury decided that the company needed to pay $26.7 million for damages from its Pinnacle mesh device. In September 2014, a jury awarded $73.4 million to plaintiffs who filed a complaint about injuries from Boston Scientific's Obtryx device.