A jury awarded a California woman $5.5 million in her transvaginal mesh lawsuit against the device’s manufacturer and the doctor who installed it. C.R. Bard was found 60% liable for the woman’s injuries after the device failed, while the doctor who performed the surgery was found 40% at fault.
Christine Scott received Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh device in 2008 before suffering from complications. The jury determined that Bard was negligent in its handling of the device and awarded Scott the $5.5 million. The Food and Drug Administration has also ordered manufacturers including Bard to study rates of organ damage and complications due to the mesh devices.
The case was the first of hundreds against mesh manufacturers to go to trial. Manufacturers Murray Hill, Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson also face transvaginal mesh lawsuits alleging that their devices failed, causing severe side effects such as tissue damage and organ perforation.