Bloomberg News recently reported that C.R. Bard was ordered to pay $2 million to Donna Cisson. The West Virginia jury awarded her $250,000 in compensatory damages and $1.75 million in punitive damages. Cisson filed the lawsuit after experiencing pain, bleeding, and bladder spasms which required corrective surgery. According to the article, her lawsuit went to trial for two weeks and the jury deliberated for two days. At trial, her lawyers argued that the company knew that the implants were made out of a plastic which should not be permanently implanted in humans. A spokesperson from the company stated that “we disagree with the verdict reached by the jury and believe there are compelling grounds for reversal” (i).
One week after the transvaginal mesh trial and verdict Bloomberg News reported that C.R. Bard reached a settlement with Wanda Queen regarding her transvaginal mesh lawsuit. In this case, Wanda Queen filed a lawsuit after she was implanted with the Bard Avaulta, which subsequently caused her to undergo six surgeries. The amount of the settlement is confidential (ii). Case name: Queen v. C.R. Bard Inc., 11-cv-00012, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia (Charleston).
Attorney Paul d’Oliveira stated, “The recent jury award and settlement are good news for the more than 8,000 women who have alleged injuries from Bard Avaulta and other similar transvaginal mesh products. Donna Cisson’s court victory is also a victory for other women because manufacturers now know that a jury will not tolerate bad practices. Our law firm is ready to help women who have been injured by this device take the next step towards compensation.”
Patients who have suffered transvaginal mesh injuries should talk to a personal injury lawyer about their legal options. d’Oliveira & Associates has been investigating the safety of medical devices such as the transvaginal mesh. The law firm works with some of the more experienced lawyers, who are filling transvaginal mesh lawsuits and there are no legal fees unless a settlement or award is obtained. To contact the firm call 1-800-992-6878 or submit a contact form online.
- (i) Bloomberg, August 16, 2013.
- (ii) Bloomberg, August 21, 2013.