CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The second in a series of liability lawsuits against a manufacturer of vaginal mesh begins Monday in U.S. District Court in Charleston.
Wanda Queen alleges the mesh manufactured by C.R. Bard Inc. was defective and that the company failed to provide adequate warning of its dangers.
The case, one of more than 20,000 similar cases pending nationwide, is the second to go to trial. All of the cases have been assigned to Judge Joseph Goodwin, a federal judge for the Southern District of West Virginia.
Goodwin identified four representative bellwether cases to be tried first to help determine how best to handle the remaining litigation.
Last week, after a 12-day trial, a jury awarded Donna Cisson $2 million -- $250,000 in compensatory damages plus $1.75 million in punitive damages -- finding that C.R. Bard failed to warn of the product's dangers and sold a defective product.
Goodwin had earlier declared a mistrial after determining jurors wouldn't be able to overlook a doctor's improper testimony.
Queen alleges that the mesh implanted during her surgery in 2008 was defective and caused her serious injuries including infection, burning sensation and pain, and has required six revision surgeries.
She is seeking damages for her medical bills, pain and suffering and mental anguish and is attempting to recover punitive damages as well.