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Ava Lawson

Ava is an editor and contributing writer for Surgical Watch, where her specialties include legal reporting, medical research, and issues pertaining to consumer safety.

Tennessee Woman Files Da Vinci Robot Surgery Lawsuit

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Intuitive Surgical is facing a new da Vinci robot surgery lawsuit in California district court. The plaintiff, a Tennessee resident, argues that the defendant’s robotic device caused her to suffer an anastomic leak and rectovaginal fistula during her gynecological surgery. Due to the alleged complications and ongoing pain from her... Read more »

Federal Mirena IUD Lawsuits Prepare for Bellwether Trials

Mirena IUD litigation continues to gain momentum throughout the country, as more women seek compensation for life-altering injuries and complications they claim were not sufficiently warned about by manufacturer, Bayer Healthcare. The levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system is used by millions of American women, who have the T-shaped IUD inserted by their... Read more »

Second Ethicon Mesh Bellwether Trial Begins

More than 18,500 Ethicon transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been centralized in multidistrict litigation No. 2327 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The coordinated proceedings are being managed by Judge Joseph Goodwin, who is overseeing a series of test cases known as “bellwether trials.” ... Read more »

500 Avaulta Mesh Settlements Reached

According to a second quarter filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), manufacturer C.R. Bard has agreed to settle some 500 product liability lawsuits alleging painful and serious Avaulta mesh injuries. The transvaginal mesh settlements may be a positive indicator of potential agreements to come, as federal Judge... Read more »

New Study Spotlights IUD Use and Breast Cancer Risks

Contraceptive options for today’s consumers have come a long way in recent years – offering women convenient alternatives to the hassles of monthly injections or daily birth control pills. One of the most popular is the IUD, or intrauterine device, the majority of which are levonorgestrel-releasing systems. A synthetic version... Read more »