September 9, 2014 — $73 million has been awarded to a woman who was permanently injured by complications of the Boston Scientific Obtryx Bladder Sling, according to Bloomberg.
This is the largest-ever jury award in the ongoing litigation involving bladder slings and vaginal mesh. It is also the third case to go to trial against Boston Scientific and the first loss for the device-maker.
After a two-week trial, the jury in Dallas, Texas found Boston Scientific negligent for failing to adequately warn doctors about the risks of the Obtryx mesh. They also found that the bladder sling was defectively designed.
The plaintiff, Martha Salazar, 42, was implanted with the Obtryx sling in 2010 to treat mild urinary incontinence. She alleges that the device eroded into her body and now causes her to suffer from chronic pain and permanent nerve damage. She is unable to walk, sit properly, or exercise normally.
Bloomberg reports that her attorneys presented an e-mail from Alex Robbins, an executive at Boston Scientific that instructed sales representatives to conceal risk information from a company-funded study that raised questions about the Obtryx sling’s safety.
Salazar was awarded $23 million in compensation and $50 million in punitive damages. Attorneys for Boston Scientific say they plan to appeal the decision. Boston Scientific is currently facing about 23,000 lawsuits in state and federal court. Most of the cases are centralized in federal court in West Virginia, where the first trial is scheduled for October.
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