Lawsuits involving defective Avaulta vaginal mesh made by the C.R. Bard Company are getting one step closer to being heard. A judge presiding over the cases will hold a hearing this week to determine if eight cases will be ready for trial soon. These will be so-called bellwether cases with selected plaintiffs who represent some of the common problems women have suffered as a result of mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI).
Complications include: debilitating abdominal pain, mesh migration and shrinkage, perforation of organs, and repeat infections. Bard makes Avaulta, as well as PelviLace, PelviSoft, Uretex, Align, and Pelvicol.
Multidistrict litigation (MDL) consolidates hundreds of cases filed in courts around the country and puts them before one judge, who then becomes familiarized with the issues facing all of the plaintiffs. Multidistrict litigation saves plaintiffs the costs of individual trials in that it allows for a coordinated discovery process where the plaintiffs can share what is uncovered from the other side. The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will hear arguments from both sides on January 26, including whether or not injuries in three different MDLs concerning Bard and other makers of mesh should be consolidated before Judge Goodwin in the U.S. District Court for the southern district of West Virginia.
Bard is just one of nine manufacturers of synthetic transvaginal mesh which has caused thousands of women to experience serious complications and even death. The plaintiffs contend the mesh makers knew, or should have known, that transvaginal mesh was defective in its design and that the mesh should never have been put on the market. The FDA issued a July, 2011 report that found a five-fold increase in complications and deaths associated with synthetic mesh.
With about 300,000 synthetic mesh products implanted in women in 2010, and no accurate numbers on the complication rate, the transvaginal mesh lawyers in Florida of Farah & Farah are talking to women from Florida and South Georgia who may be suffering in silence with the effects of this synthetic plastic mesh product. There is a statute of limitations within which to act, so call us at 1(800) 533-3555 and we can begin a complimentary and confidential consultation on your injuries.