A judge in the ongoing mesh litigation against Boston Scientific significantly reduced the amount awarded to a victim in a May jury trial.
New Castle County, Delaware Judge Mary Johnston said the compensations awarded to Deborah Barba ($100 million) – the biggest ever in a trial involving transvaginal mesh – were “grossly disproportionate to the injuries.” Other transvaginal mesh trials have awarded between 1.75 million to 7.76 million in damages.
While the lawyers see this compensation reduction as a disappointment, they’re encouraged that the judge didn’t question the jury’s finding on Boston Scientific’s liability. Judge Johnston denied Boston Scientific’s attempt to set aside the verdict completely and order a new trial.
The mesh devices caused Deborah Barba severe complications, including bladder infections and pelvic pain. The jury found that the device manufacturer had been negligent in designing the transvaginal mesh and didn’t warn doctors and patients about the risks.
Boston Scientific, along with other mesh makers have faced about 100,000 lawsuits at the state and federal level for transvaginal mesh complications.
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