Jurors in one of the first transvaginal mesh lawsuits ordered C.R. Bard to pay $2 million to Donna Cisson, who suffered injuries from the company’s Avaulta transvaginal mesh device. Jurors in Charleston, West Virginia found C.R. Bard liable for her transvaginal mesh injuries after deliberating for about 12 hours over two days. The jury awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages for Cisson’s injuries plus $1.75 million in punitive damages.
This surgical mesh lawsuit is one of the first to go to trial, and may play a large role in determining the outcome of similar transvaginal mesh injury claims. C.R. Bard still faces more than 8,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits alleging that the company released a defective device.
Tens of thousands of women have filed transvaginal mesh complaints against several manufacturers after the device caused serious injuries. Transvaginal mesh side effects include infection, pain, erosion through vaginal tissue and organ perforation.