Jury Orders Boston Scientific to Pay $100M in Vaginal Mesh Case, Parker Waichman LLP Comments

Boston Scientific lost a $100 million verdict in Delaware state court after a jury found that Medtronic hid risks associated with its defectively designed Pinnacle and Advantage Fit transvaginal mesh inserts.

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective drugs and medical devices, comments on recent news involving the litigation of Boston Scientific’s pelvic mesh devices. According to court records, a Delaware jury ordered Boston Scientific to pay $100 million to a woman over allegations that the Pinnacle and Advantage Fit vaginal mesh inserts were defective and caused physical and emotional injuries and that Boston Scientific utilized sub-standard materials and hid dangers allegedly associated with these devices. The jury found that the transvaginal mesh devices were defectively designed and that company executives hid risks associated with the devices. The verdict consists of $25 million in compensatory and $75 million in punitive damages. The case is Barba v. Boston Scientific Corp., CA 11C-08-050-MMJ, Superior Court of Delaware (Wilmington).


Parker Waichman notes that numerous women have suffered significant injuries related to pelvic mesh implants, which are intended to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP). Transvaginal mesh devices have come under intense scrutiny over safety concerns and mounting injury reports; many lawsuits have been filed over the devices.


Parker Waichman has been actively involved in hundreds of cases, as well as larger multidistrict litigations (MDLs) pending nationwide and notes that this case is significant because the jury award—the largest against Boston Scientific over transvaginal mesh devices, to date—sends a clear message regarding the devices and women’s health, not just to Boston Scientific, but to all makers of transvaginal mesh devices.


“The firm applauds these jury decisions, and is pleased to see victims receive the justice they deserve,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. “These settlements continue to help pave the way for future cases in the litigation.”


Parker Waichman continues to be in contact with individuals concerned about the safety of pelvic mesh devices and notes that this settlement, especially given the large awards amount—is an critical step in the ongoing litigation involving transvaginal mesh and the various injuries allegedly associated with these medical devices.


Parker Waichman continues to evaluate pelvic mesh injury lawsuits brought on behalf of women who allege they developed significant, life-changing injuries following surgical implant with the devices and may be reached at the firm’s website at yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636). http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/transvaginal-mesh-vaginal-mesh-pelvic-mesh-lawsuit-lawyer-attorney


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