C.R. Bard Inc; makers of the Bard Avaulta Plus mesh implant, has been found liable for $2 million in damages after a trial in which a woman proved she had suffered serious health problems from a defective device.
Then, just a few weeks later, Bard lawyers and attorneys for another woman suing over a defective Bard Avaulta device announced a settlement in that case just as that trial was scheduled to begin.
The two cases are among over 10,000 Bard mesh lawsuits from across the country filed by women who alleged the products were defective and caused them to suffer serious injuries. These cases have been consolidated into what is called a multidistrict litigation.
The $2 million in damages was awarded to a Georgia nurse who claimed that a Bard Avaulta Plus mesh implant she had in 2009 was defective and caused her to suffer serious health problems, including several corrective surgeries, according to the court file.
In the other case, Bloomberg News reported on Aug. 21, 2013 that attorneys for Wanda Queen of North Carolina told the judge overseeing the litigation in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia that the case had been settled and the judge then dismissed the jury.
Bloomberg reported that the woman claimed that “Bard’s Avaulta insert caused pain and forced her to have six surgeries. The settlement comes a week after another West Virginia jury ordered Bard to pay $2 million in damages in a separate suit involving the product.”