While the value of pelvic mesh settlements pushes $8 billion, claimants are questioning why their payouts are “less than settlements reached in other mass torts,” The New York Times reports.
According to The Times, the average settlement is valued under $60,000 after fees are subtracted. This is less than similar settlements in other mass torts, “even though the jury verdicts some women have won in pelvic mesh cases suggest the figure should be higher.” Some agreements allow lawyers to take up to 45 percent of each settlement and authorize elaborate spending on travel by private plane. Some firms have also hired companies in which they have an ownership stake to review a client’s medical records. The story says some women are now considering suing their lawyers.
Last year, The New York Times also found that lawyers, doctors, and financiers pressured women into an “assembly-line-like system” that resulted in “often-unneeded surgery.”