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Transvaginal mesh maker Bard to pay $5.5 million in civil verdict

Posted by Sarah Showard | Sep 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

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A California woman was awarded $5 million and her husband $500,000 after a jury found that transvaginal mesh manufacturer C.R. Bard Inc.'s negligence caused the woman's injuries including incontinence and chronic pain.

The jury ruled on July 23, 2012, that Bard was 60 percent responsible and the surgeon 40 percent responsible for negligent handling of Bard's Avaulta Plus vaginal mesh implant. Christine Scott received the implant in 2008 as a treatment for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence; the implant was removed after the mesh eroded, which resulted in nine surgeries to correct associated problems.

This was the first transvaginal mesh case to go to trial. In February, a West Virginia case involving complaints by multiple patients who received Avaulta implants is set for trial. In that case, the women claim that the implants were defective, which caused serious injuries, and that Bard failed to provide proper warnings of risks involved.

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Sarah Showard

Sarah Showard graduated from the University of Maryland in 1985, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English-Linguistics and a Certification in Women's Studies. She then graduated from New York University School of Law in 1988. Sarah began practice initially as an insurance defense attorney, and has been representing plaintiffs since 1990. Sarah has a son, Benjamin, who recently graduated from The Gregory School and will attend ASU in the fall, with future plans to attend law school and eventually join Showard Law Firm. In her spare time Sarah enjoys horseback riding and spending time in Sonoita with her husband Peter.

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