CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A federal jury in West Virginia has awarded a Georgia woman $2 million in damages in a lawsuit involving surgical mesh pelvic repair products.
The jury in U.S. District Court in Charleston on Thursday found that C.R. Bard Inc. failed to warn of the dangers associated with surgical mesh devices the company sold.
According to court documents, 54-year-old Donna Cisson of Georgia was awarded $250,000 in compensatory damages and $1.75 million in punitive damages.
The Associated Press reports that Cisson's case was the first of thousands of surgical mesh federal lawsuits filed nationwide to go to trial.
The lawsuits accuse the implants' manufacturers of inadequate testing, failing to disclose potential risks and fraudulently promoting the mesh as a safe medical device.