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Bisnar | Chase Personal Injury Lawyers Involved in $400 Million Endo Vaginal Mesh Settlement
Endo International Plc. has agreed to pay more than $400 million to resolve lawsuits alleging its vaginal mesh implants caused severe pain and serious side effects for thousands of women who received them.
In Endo's first set of vaginal mesh settlements, the company paid $54.4 million to resolve an undisclosed number of suits filed over the transvaginal mesh devices in June 2013, the report states. The company has now agreed to pay nearly $1.3 billion to resolve lawsuits over the implants, Bloomberg reports.
Brian Chase, senior partner at Bisnar | Chase said the pain and suffering endured by the women his firm represented in vaginal mesh cases has led him to believe that this is one of the most alarming defective product issues he has seen in his 20-year career.
"These mesh implants were supposed to correct problems such as incontinence by shoring up pelvic muscles," Chase said. "Instead of getting much-needed relief from discomfort, our clients suffered severe side effects as a result of mesh erosion including organ damage. Many suffered and continue to suffer pain so severe that they are no longer able to be intimate with their partners."
Chase said the agreement will hopefully help victims move forward with the realization that the manufacturer of the defective mesh implants has been held accountable. "In addition to the physical issues, many women also suffer from psychological issues such as depression as they struggle to deal with the reality that they are no longer the women they once were."
The value of the claims will be determined through the process of a claims resolution facility following which plaintiffs will be made an offer, he said. If there is no agreement, then the litigation will proceed, Chase said.
This year, Endo agreed to pay about $830 million to settle an additional 20,000 suits over the implants, which have been blamed for organ damage in women, Bloomberg News reports. That agreement came just a day after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said vaginal mesh implants should be subject to stricter safety requirements because they are high-risk devices, the report stated. So far, the company has agreed to pay nearly $1.3 billion to resolve vaginal mesh lawsuits, according to the article.
Chase said he hopes these large settlements serve as a warning to all product manufacturers. "All manufacturers have a duty and an obligation to make products that are safe for consumers. I hope these settlements serve as a warning to other manufacturers to ensure that their products are properly tested before entering the market."
About Bisnar | Chase
The Orange County personal injury lawyers of Bisnar | Chase represent victims of dangerous and defective products. The firm has been featured on a number of popular media outlets including Newsweek, Fox, NBC, and ABC and is known for its passionate pursuit of results for injured clients. Since 1978, Bisnar | Chase has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for personal injury victims including individuals who have been harmed by dangerous and defective products.
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