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Fresh settlements in US in vaginal mesh cases as Boston Scientific faces huge payout

Boston Scientific faces a $73m settlement for woman implanted with transvaginal mesh product

Payout verdict for women fitted with transvaginal mesh

17 September 2014

In a reversal of fortune for Boston Scientific a jury in Dallas has concluded that the manufacturer should pay $73m to a woman who alleged that she suffered serious injury and health problems after being fitted with the company’s Obtryx transvaginal mesh

The company had previously successfully defended two cases that reached trial stage in the US relating to the allegedly faulty design of the Obtryx sling and Pinnacle pelvic floor repair kit. 

However, the jury in Dallas said that the design of the Obtryx sling was faulty, and that the company had failed to warn patients and doctors about the risks associated with the product.

Martha Salazar said that she had been left if almost constant pain after being fitted with the surgical mesh device which is used for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence. She also alleged that the mesh had cut through her urethra nine months after surgery.

Mrs Salazar was implanted with the Boston Scientific Obtryx sling and subsequently reported high levels of pain, irreversible nerve damage to the femoral and obturaor nerve, and dyspareunia.  She now walks with a limp. 

Mrs Salazar has also had to undergo numerous revision surgeries, and faces more operations in the future. 

Boston Scientific has said that it will appeal the verdict which includes $50 million in punitive damages. 

A few weeks ago, another verdict in a transvaginal mesh lawsuit was reached in West Virginia. In that case, another woman implanted with a TVT-O mesh implant manufactured by Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson, was awarded $3.27 million. 

Specialist medical device claims lawyer Emma Nash said:

““After some disappointing results we are pleased to hear of the successful verdict and unprecedented award for Mrs Salazar for her terrible injuries.

“With compensation such as announced in this verdict women such as Mrs Salazar who have suffered life-changing injuries, can pay for medical bills and for important rehabilitation to help them recover from their injuries.”

If you would like to speak to a member of the surgical mesh claims team at Leigh Day please contact Jill Paterson on 020 7650 1219 for a free and friendly initial consultation. 

The team is currently investigating a number of devices including TVT, TVT-O, Prolift, Gynemesh, Prolene manufactured by Johnson & Johnson; Aris TOT manufactured by Coloplast Limited; Obtryx TOT, Advantage TM manufactured by Boston Scientific; and Mentor ObTape.

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