Another manufacturer of transvaginal mesh devices has agreed to settle thousands of cases brought by women who say its products caused severe and painful side effects.
Medtronic Plc’s Covidien unit has agreed to settle some of in excess of 11,000 claims involving its transvaginal mesh devices, reported Fox News.
The station cited a court filing on Tuesday in a West Virginia federal court where cases have been consolidated. It did not disclose the amount of the settlement nor how many cases are to be resolved under a confidential agreement with one of the law firms leading the litigation, Blasingame Burch Garrard & Ashley.
The report said Covidien “recorded a pre-tax charge of about $180 million for the third quarter of 2014 related to litigation over mesh products.” In 2014, Medtronic said it was acquiring Covidien for $42.9 billion in cash and stock.
As of June 1, this year Covidien’s mesh products were involved in about 11,300 filed and unfiled claims, according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from Medtronic.
The Fox News report said an estimated 100,000 lawsuits have been filed in U.S. state and federal courts against the manufacturers of transvaginal mesh devices, alleging that bad design and substandard materials can cause side effects such as bleeding, infection and nerve damage.
Why is Transvaginal Mesh So Bad?
The medical complications caused by these devices include Damage to the organs, bowel and bladder perforation, chronic pain, vaginal scarring and incontinence. Often another operation is required to remedy the effects. See more about the adverse effects of transvaginal mesh on our dedicated page, or see this video featuring John Cooper of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers and his legal assistant Stephanie Adams.
Last year, Endo’s American Medical Systems became the first major manufacturer to resolve mesh litigation against it, saying it had set aside $1.6 billion to settle about 40,000 filed and unfiled claims. Boston Scientific says it will pay $119 million to settle about 3,000 claims. That news came on the back of a $100 million jury verdict in favor of a Delaware woman who was harmed by transvaginal mesh.
The big medical device manufacturers companies continue to push these products despite the overwhelming evidence of the harm they do to women. Our Virginia injury lawyers have women who have been harmed by this dangerous product. We will provide you with experienced representation and mensure your claim is properly handled among the others in the mass tort litigation. Time may be short to make your claim as some of the settlements will close to “new” cases in the near future. Call us today at 757.455.0077 or toll free at 866-455-6657 for a free consultation.