Boston Scientific ‘Must Pay $100m’ To US Transvaginal Mesh Victim

Delaware Woman ‘Continues To Suffer As A Result Of Device’

01.06.2015

An American lady who continues to suffer as a result of injuries caused by a transvaginal mesh manufactured by Boston Scientific is to receive multimillion dollar damages following a major court ruling.

Reuters reports that Deborah Barba, 51, is set to receive a total of $100 million after being implanted with Boston Scientific’s Pinnacle and Advantage Fit products in 2009, with serious complications then emerging.

After a two-week trial, it was ruled the manufacturer was negligent in the production of the devices and also failed to warn patients or medical experts of risks.

Many thousands of women around the world have received similar implants and will hope that the ruling will lead Boston Scientific and other companies to settle any remaining cases related to transvaginal mesh devices. However, Boston stated that it intends to appeal.

Expert Opinion
"While the level of compensation involved in this case is undoubtedly eye-catching, what should not be forgotten is that this is yet another case in which a person has suffered life-changing injuries as a result of a medical device ruled to be defective.

"Through our work acting for people affected by similar issues with a range of devices including hip replacement implants, we have seen how patients place great trust in the idea that the devices they are fitted with are fit for purpose and have met the necessary safety guidelines.

"Defective products or device failures can have major consequences and it is vital that device manufacturers learn lessons from such problems to improve safety. We would also urge affected patients to speak to legal experts on how they can gain justice regarding such issues."
Sallie Booth, Partner