Four years after her long medical nightmare began, a woman has been awarded $5 million in her lawsuit against New Jersey-based C.R. Bard Inc., the manufacturer of the vaginal mesh device that has caused her significant pain and injury. The personal injury attorneys representing the hundreds of other injured women that have filed product liability lawsuits believe that it signals success for their clients in the pending consolidated cases against Bard, Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific Corp. and others, which are scheduled to go to trial early next year.
Last month, a jury ordered coffee giant Starbucks to pay several million dollars to a man who suffered lasting brain injuries as a result of a fall on a Starbucks retail store's wet floor in 2008. Starbucks did not dispute the man's slip-and-fall injury or the fact that the company was responsible for it.
A jury recently ruled that a popular toy store franchise failed to examine the safety of one of the products in its store, and was to blame for the fatal injury that the product caused. The store was ordered to pay $20.6 million in a recent products liability lawsuit that was filed by the family of a woman who died when sliding down an inflatable pool slide that ultimately collapsed.
There is a long history of personal injury and wrongful death litigation, in New Jersey and across the country, against cigarette manufacturers and marketers in regards to deaths caused by lung cancer and similar diseases, in which the deceased was a long-time smoker. More often than not, these lawsuits are not successful. However, after allegations that a cigarette manufacturer provided free cigarettes to young children during the 1950s and 1960s, starting a now-deceased woman's lifelong smoking habit, a Massachusetts jury found the cigarette company liable for her illness and death, awarding over $150 million to her son.