Boston Scientific Ordered to Pay $73 Million Over Defective Vaginal Mesh Device

September 10, 2014

After a two week trial in state court in Dallas, Texas, the 12 person jury has reached a verdict Salazar v. Boston Scientific. The verdict comes after a mesh lawsuit was filed by Plaintiff, Martha Salazar, who was implanted with the Obtryx sling to treat urinary incontinence. During trial, evidence was presented showing that the implantation resulted in serious damage to her nerves and caused permanent and persistent pelvic pain.  The lawsuit also accused the company of negligence in both product design and marketing. 

The jury found that Boston Scientific Corporation failed to properly and adequately warn doctors and patients about the health risks associated with the mesh implant.  As a result, the jury returned a verdict holding Boston Scientific liable for the injuries that Martha Salazar sustained. According to a court filing dated September 8, 2014, the jurors awarded Salazar approximately $23 million in compensatory damages and $50 million punitive damages—for a total of $73 million in damages. 

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The complications caused by this device have left many women with permanent physical impairment, severe pain, suffering and mental anguish, as well as large medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing pain. Our firm continues to represent thousands of women individually as a result of defective mesh products manufactured by companies that put profit over the safety of patients.  In our law firm’s opinion, the FDA should have recalled the transvaginal mesh device, but it has failed to do so.  Nevertheless, our law firm will continue to pursue all legal remedies to hold the manufacturers responsible for placing a dangerous product on the market which has harmed thousands of female patients.  If you or a loved one has experienced any of these problems because of an implanted or removed transvaginal mesh device, we encourage you to consult with one of our highly experienced transvaginal mesh lawyers to learn what your legal rights are with respect to this product. Additional questions can be directed to the Fears | Nachawati Law Firm by emailing the lead Mesh lawyer, Majed Nachawati at mn@fnlawfirm.com, or by calling our office at 1.866.705.7584.

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