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Bard agrees to settle vaginal-mesh implant lawsuits

Montana women might be interested to hear that C.R. Bard Inc., a corporation operating out of New Jersey, recently opted to settle hundreds of lawsuits purporting that the company's vaginal-mesh implants proved over time to be injurious to women. According to many claimants, the device is responsible for a litany of serious complications, including infections, organ damage and bleeding.

Settling the claims will cost Bard approximately $43,000 per lawsuit, according to authorities. A federal judge had ordered the corporation to make trial preparations for the lawsuits, about 500 in total, reportedly. According to claimants, the company's vaginal-mesh implants caused them, among several other issues, perpetual discomfort as well as pain while engaging in sexual intercourse.

Another manufacturer of these vagina-mesh implants recently agreed to pay $1.3 billion in settlements with women alleging similar complaints. Tens of thousands of women in America have used these devices, which are implanted in order to treat incontinence as well as pelvic organ prolapse, reportedly. In 2010 alone, doctors implanted approximately 70,000 of these devices in women, according to authorities. Due in large part to the plethora of lawsuits filed in association with vaginal-mesh implants, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered multiple manufacturers, including Bard, to conduct studies on the complication rates associated with the medical product.

As these complaints filed against Bard show, manufacturers of potentially defective medical devices may be held liable for damages associated with the product. The people who suffer these damages, such as illnesses, injuries and the financial costs stemming from them, may be entitled to restitution via civil action. For this reason, victims of defective products often retain a personal injury lawyer and file suit, seeking compensation for medical costs, the expenses related to ongoing treatment and other economic losses connected with their injuries.

Source: Businessweek Bloomberg, "Bard Said to Pay $21 Million in First Big Vaginal-Mesh Accord", Jef Feeley and Phil Milford , October 08, 2014

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