Mock Mesh Trial in Calif.

Matthews & Associates Law Firm, along with the law firm of Freese and Goss, spent several days in Riverside, California last week in preparation for the first Transvaginal Mesh sling case to be tried in the U.S. against American Medical Systems. The firms presented plaintiff and defense arguments to two different jury pools selected from the local area for the trial to be held in San Bernardino County  in May. The juries then deliberated, came up with verdicts, and then discussed their findings with attorneys.

The case the juries decided concerns a 47-year-old California woman who was implanted with AMS’ Monarc sling in 2008 for stress urinary incontinence. The woman developed immediate and intense vaginal pain following the surgery, pain which required her to have the mesh removed. She has since undergone seven additional surgeries, pudendal blocks, and several other treatments in an attempt to relieve ongoing pain caused by the original mesh implantation.

“We can’t reveal any specifics regarding the mock trials we held,” said attorney David Matthews, “but we can unequivocally say we are very pleased with how much we learned regarding how we need to try this case, as well as other sling cases. I can also tell you that we feel a lot more confident about our clients’ cases with what we’ve learned from the mock trials.”

The case, Marion Carpenter vs. American Medical Systems, is scheduled for trial in San Bernardino County Court in May.


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