Jury in Boston Scientific Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Awards $73.5 Million By Tod Aronovitz | 10/01/14 | 0 Comment

The Obtryx sling—a medical device used to treat incontinence and to support weakened organs from pelvic-floor prolapse due to age or childbirth—was at the center of a recent court case alleging that Boston Scientific was negligent in designing and marketing the product and that the company failed to warn doctors of inherent risks associated with it.

According to a story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the jury found in favor of lead plaintiff Martha Salazar and awarded the 42-year old and her husband $23.5 million in compensatory damages and an additional $50 million in punitive damages.

Salazar is the first to win an award against Boston Scientific over alleged defects. The plaintiff argued that she suffered nerve damage, affecting her ability to walk, as well as constant pain and infections from the Obtryx sling.

A report in Big Class Action explained that this was the first trial in which the jury really saw evidence demonstrating that Boston Scientific kept quiet about a 2009 study. That study reported potential long-term erosion and other effects from use of the product that could lead to pain and other issues. Boston Scientific is facing thousands of other lawsuits against it for alleged similar vaginal mesh problems.

Transvaginal mesh systems were considered safe until July 2011 when the U.S. Food & Drug Administration warned consumers about potential risks linked with the many surgical mesh products. The FDA’s Public Health Notification noted that over 1,000 reports were received by the agency regarding nine surgical mesh manufacturers and complications associated with surgical mesh devices used to repair pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.

Some side effects reported include:

  • Pain during intercourse
  • Urinary issues
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Scarring in the vaginal area
  • Perforated bowels, bladder, and/or blood vessels
  • Mesh erosion into the vagina
  • Infection
  • Various organ injuries

As a result of these side effects and complications, additional treatment may be required including surgery to remove the vaginal mesh, IV therapy, blood transfusions, and surgical draining of abscesses and/or hematomas.

More than 60,000 women across the country, who have had medical problems with vaginal mesh implants or bladder slings, have filed lawsuits against vaginal mesh manufacturers or have joined a class action. Our attorneys can help you evaluate if you have a potential legal claim against a vaginal mesh manufacturer. Contact attorney Tod Aronovitz for a confidential discussion of your case.

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