The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from injuries allegedly sustained as a result of vaginal mesh implants, is encouraged by news of a California jury’s decision to award $5.5 million to a couple who suffered life-altering injuries as a result of the wife’s vaginal mesh implant.
A jury handed down the $5.5 million dollar verdict in a case against C.R. Bard Medical in Kern County Superior Court in California (Scott v. Kannappan Medical, case no. S-1500-CV-266034), according to kget.com (KGET-TV 17). One of the two claimants, Christine Scott, was surgically implanted with a Bard mesh product called the Avaulta in an effort to correct a leaky bladder, according to the news report. The device eventually cut into her colon and—to correct the damage—she has since undergone eight surgeries and faces countless more, KGET-TV 17 reports.
For these injuries, the jury awarded $5 million to Christine Scott, and $500,000 to her husband for his loss of consortium, according to the local news report.
Christine Scott is reportedly thrilled that she can finally warn women about the dangers of vaginal mesh implants—something the court ordered her to refrain from doing for the entire time her case was pending: approximately four years.
Christine Scott isn’t alone. She’s just one of hundreds of women who claim they’ve suffered severe injuries as a result of having received vaginal mesh implants manufactured by C.R. Bard. The trial date for the first of about 600 federal-court cases against Bard that have been consolidated in Charleston, West Virginia (MDL No. 2187), is set for Feb. 5, 2013, according to a May 2, 2012 article on businessweek.com.
As a law firm that is representing many of the claimants in the West Virginia vaginal mesh MDL against Bard, the Rottenstein Law Group is encouraged by the Kern County Superior Court jury’s $5.5 million award.