Pennsylvania women who received vaginal-mesh implants may be interested to learn that medical device manufacturer C.R. Bard, Inc., said that it would pay more than $21 million after being targeted with no less than 500 separate lawsuits. According to reports, the settlement, with an average payout of $43,000 per case, follows a West Virginia judge's order commanding Bard to take part in trials for all the lawsuits. Analysts predicted that these settlements were only the beginning of an emergent trend.
Litigation over the vaginal mesh devices alleged that many of the women who received them were injured by a defective product in the process. Some victims complained of suffering continual pain, and others experienced internal organ damage. Reports also noted that after learning about thousands of related lawsuits, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration demanded more stringent safety requirements for devices in this class and commanded C.R. Bard and two other companies to enact assessments of the roles that vaginal mesh might play in injuries and complications.