Bellwether Trials in Bard Avaulta Vaginal Mesh Litigation May Begin Soon

A federal judge is asking attorneys involved in the pending federal Bard Avaulta vaginal mesh lawsuits to develop a list of potential cases for bellwether proceedings.

Judge Joseph R. Goodwin is currently presiding over the federal multidistrict litigation that encompasses numerous lawsuits involving Bard’s Avaulta pelvic mesh. The lawsuits have been consolidated for pretrial proceedings in the Southern District of West Virginia. The judge has asked the attorneys representing both Bard and the plaintiffs to identify eight cases each to be considered for early discovery.

The lawsuits were filed on behalf of women across the country who claim that Bard’s Avaulta mesh devices caused serious complications, including severe pain, swelling, tissue damage, infection and other side effects. A number of other vaginal mesh manufacturers also face lawsuits in connection with faulty devices, including the Johnson & Johnson Company, American Medical Systems and Boston Scientific. The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is scheduled to meet on January 26th to discuss whether cases pending against these companies should also be consolidated for pretrial proceedings before Judge Goodwin.

Vaginal mesh was first approved in 1996 to treat pelvic organ prolapse, a condition in which the pelvic floor muscles become weakened. Prolapse or POP is a condition specific to certain women, including those who’ve experienced childbirth, weight gain, hysterectomy or other major physical changes.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration first became aware of potential problems with transvaginal mesh devices in 2008 after receiving numerous consumer complaints about the implants. Complaints continued to pour in and in July 2011, the FDA issued an updated safety communication advising health care professionals and patients that the potential risks associated with a mesh implant may outweigh any benefits these products may offer.

Women who have been implanted with a vaginal mesh device are being urged to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss their legal rights. The vaginal mesh legal team at Nadrich & Cohen LLP is currently investigating claims from women in all 50 states and we want to hear from you.

If you’ve experienced pain, bleeding, soreness, infection, difficulty urinating, painful intercourse or other symptoms after receiving a vaginal mesh implant, call us today at 1-800-718-4658. Your initial case evaluation is absolutely free and there is never a fee unless we recover monetary damages on your behalf. Call us today to find out how we can help you get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries.

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