Patients have faith in their doctors and the medical devices supplied by them. It is incredibly disheartening to find that medical equipment implanted to help with a medical problem has actually caused more issues. On the heels of a verdict issued by a West Virginia jury, one company has decided to settle a different case filed by a woman who claims the company supplied a defective medical device.
C.R. Bard Inc. has opted to settle a case filed by a woman who claims that a vaginal-mesh implant caused her urinary problems that required three different surgeries to repair. The amount of the settlement is unclear at this time. Last month, a West Virginia jury ordered the company to pay $2 million in a similar case.
Despite having settled this case and a second one since the verdict, the company still faces of 8,000 complaints related to the medical device. There are similar claims against several other companies supplying a similar product. Women are claiming that the device shrinks and that such shrinkage causes organ damage.
The claims of being a defective medical device caused Bard to pull its line of vaginal mesh implants from the market upon the demand of the Food and Drug Administration. Despite the numerous claims against Bard and manufacturers of similar products, there are likely still women who have experienced complications due to the device but have yet to file a complaint or lawsuit. Women in West Virginia and across the nation have the right to seek legal recourse for damages they have experienced due to the medical device.
Source: Charleston Daily Mail, Manufacturer settles second vaginal-mesh injury case, No author, Sept. 29, 2013