Medtronic Covidien Settles More than 11,000 Claims
The litigation against manufacturers of pelvic mesh devices continues to increase nationwide. A pelvic mesh implant is a synthetic material implanted and tied to ligaments or bone to lift and support internal organs. The implants were introduced over a decade ago, and can serve as an alternative to a hysterectomy. Thousands of women, who were allegedly uninformed about the dangers involved with the mesh implants, have since complained of injuries, including severe pain, infections and bleeding that often require follow-up surgeries.
Medtronic’s Covidien has agreed to settle more than 11,000 claims related to its pelvic mesh devices. According to regulatory filings, Covidien supplied by defendant manufacturer C.R. Bard with mesh products used in their devices. C.R. Bard is currently defending approximately 14,000 lawsuits related to their devices. Covidien settled the cases for an undisclosed amount that is subject to a confidentiality agreement.