Of all the types of products that can be dangerous due to design flaws
or manufacturing errors, few are as dangerous as implanted medical devices.
In recent decades, the United States has seen dozens of dangerous medical
devices cause serious pain, injuries and even death after being implanted
in thousands of patients.
One of the most well-known
defective products cases involves a product generically referred to as vaginal mesh. This
is an implantable surgical mesh used to correct and prevent several problems
that occur in the female abdomen and pelvic region, including uterine
prolapse. Many women who have been implanted with vaginal mesh, however,
have complained of chronic and debilitating pain that often prevents them
from living their lives normally.
Vaginal mesh has been manufactured by dozens of major and minor companies
including Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson and C.R. Bard, just
to name a few. But some manufacturers have stopped making vaginal mesh
because of the high number of lawsuits filed by women who have been injured
and because of more stringent regulations imposed by the Food and Drug
In one recent case, Boston Scientific was sued by a woman who had vaginal
mesh implanted to support her pelvic muscles. She alleged that the mesh
eroded inside her body, causing significant pain and organ damage.
Unfortunately, the jury ruled in favor of Boston Scientific. But the company
is facing at least 12,000 other claims from plaintiffs making similar
allegations. Moreover, vaginal mesh lawsuits against J&J and C.R.
Bard have already resulted in jury awards of more than $13 million to
Lawsuits against manufacturers of vaginal mesh are either occurring or
pending in states and regions around the country, including here in California.
Hopefully, plaintiffs whose lives and bodies have been damaged as a result
of these defective medical devices will have their day in court and will
get the compensation they deserve.
Source: Bloomberg, "
Boston Scientific Wins First Vaginal-Mesh Injury Trial," Jef Feeley, July 29, 2014