A Delaware jury has ordered Boston Scientific to pay $100 million to a Delaware woman, who in spite of two surgeries, still has pieces of a transvaginal mesh device painfully embedded in her.
According to a report in The News Journal, 51-year-old Deborah Barba was awarded $25 million in compensatory and $75 million in punitive damages following a two-week trial at the Wilmington Superior Court.
This is the largest verdict against Boston Scientific over its vaginal mesh devices, surpassing a $73-million award for a Texas woman in September.
Painful Side Effects
According to the lawsuit she filed, Barba, in May 2009, received the mesh implants, a net-like product used to treat incontinence and sagging pelvic organs in women.
Since then, she has had to undergo severe and painful side effects including painful sexual intercourse and urinary tract infections.
Other women have reported a host of complications including vaginal erosion, chronic pain, inability to be intimate with their partners, need to repeated surgery to remove the device and even nerve damage.
Jurors found that Boston Scientific had failed to warn doctors and patients of the risk of poorly-designed inserts. Boston Scientific has said it will appeal the jury’s verdict.
Sending a Strong Message
Nearly 70,000 lawsuits have been filed by women over defective transvaginal mesh devices in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
Additional lawsuits are pending in other states. Last month, Boston Scientific announced that it would settle nearly 3,000 of those lawsuits by paying $119 million.
Barba is just one of tens of thousands of women who has suffered the consequences of these defectively designed mesh devices.
Our defective medical device attorneys are representing a number of women who have suffered side effects and complications similar to Barba.
These cases involve a number of manufacturers.
We hope Barba’s verdict sends a strong message to the manufacturers of these defective products to do the right thing, settle the cases and provide fair compensation to these victims.
If you or a loved one has suffered side effects of these vaginal mesh implants please contact a product defect law firm that has successfully handled similar cases.
Bisnar Chase offers a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims of transvaginal mesh procedures and their families.