Juries Find Ethicon and Boston Scientific Liable for Negligence

In September 2014, two juries returned verdicts in favor of Plaintiffs that suffered damages after being implanted with transvaginalmesh devices.

In West Virginia, a jury found Ethicon liable for selling faulty devices and failing to warn patients and their doctors that the devices may cause harmful side effects. The jury awarded $3.27 million to a Plaintiff that claimed a Gynecare TVT Obturator, or TVT-O, caused serious side effects including pelvic pain and other problems.

The case is Huskey v. Ethicon, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, No. 12-5201.

In Texas, a jury found that Boston Scientific Corp was liable for $73 million in damages to a Plaintiff that was implanted with an Obtryx sling. The Plaintiff claimed that she suffered from permanent nerve damage and constant pelvic pain, after receiving the sling to treat urinary leakage. The jury awarded approximately $23 million in damages for the Plaintiff’s actual and future suffering and $50 million in punitive damages after finding that Boston Scientific was grossly negligent.

The case is Salazar v. Lopez, District Court for Dallas County, No. DC-12-14349.

More than 60,000 cases have been filed against manufacturers of mesh devices.

If you or someone you know has experienced pain or other side effects after being implanted with a mesh device, please feel free email or to call our office at 512-499-8900 for a confidential consultation.