C.R. Bard & Boston Scientific Face Trial Over Dangerous Pelvic Mesh Implants
Opening statements began yesterday in a Missouri state court product liability lawsuit against medical device manufacturers C.R. Bard and Boston Scientific. The plaintiff, Eve Sherrer, alleges that the pelvic mesh implants she received were defectively designed and caused her to suffer chronic and severe pain. This is the first time a jury has heard arguments about mesh implants designed by different manufacturers during the same trial.
According to Sherrer’s lawyers, Bard’s Align product and Boston Scientific’s Solyx product are made of a type of mesh that is unsafe to use in humans because of its proclivity to break down when exposed to bodily fluids. They also claim that proper warnings about potential complications with the product were never given even though both companies were aware of them.
Sherrer originally received her Solyx implant in 2010 to treat pelvic organ prolapse. After the first device failed and caused her to become incontinent, she had the device removed and replaced with Bard’s Align product. This device caused her to develop chronic pain, and even after surgery, doctors have been unable to fully remove all of the mesh.
A material safety data sheet prepared by Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., the manufacturer of the mesh used in the devices, confirms that the material is unsuitable for permanent human implantation. The manufacturers’ attorneys, however, claim that the device is both safe and effective, reiterating that pelvic mesh products have been extensively tested and approved by the FDA. They argue that, since Sherrer had a complicated medical history, the source of her pain could not definitively be traced back to the implant, and that it could have come from another condition.
Eve Sherrer v. Truman Medical Center Inc., et al, case number 1216-CV27879, is being heard by Judge Robert M. Scheiber. Further information can be found online via CVN.
Harmed by a Dangerous Medical Device? Call Scheider Hammers Now
There are currently tens of thousands of pelvic mesh lawsuits pending throughout the country. The following are just some of the many serious side effects have been linked to transvaginal mesh implants:
- Soft tissue erosion
- Chronic and severe pain
- Nerve damage
- Organ perforation
- Nerve damage
Schneider Hammers tenaciously represents clients who have suffered harm due to transvaginal mesh and is continually accepting new cases. If you or a loved one have suffered harm after receiving a pelvic mesh implant, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. Please contact an Atlanta personal injury attorney at your earliest convenience to begin discussing your case and the ways in which we can help.
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