A Philadelphia jury has awarded $13.5 million to a woman who claimed that she suffered extreme pain and required multiple corrective surgeries as a result of getting a transvaginal mesh implant manufactured by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (J&J). According to a report, the 65-year-old woman said even after undergoing the surgeries, she continued to suffer from health problems and filed a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. Jurors awarded her $5.5 million in compensatory damages and $7 million on punitive damages.
Why Did The Jury Award The Woman?
The jury awarded the woman because they concluded that the design of the transvaginal mesh was defective. During the two and a half week trial, her lawyers focused on expert testimony from J&J managers, doctors and others who worked to develop the transvaginal mesh, Prolift. They also obtained damaging testimony from a product engineer for Ethicon who said that the company had no backup plan if the implant failed. The engineer said the company had not thought of any procedure to remove the mesh if it caused problems. The testimony also revealed that the company did not warn patients that the transvaginal mesh could cause pain, even though they knew about the side effects.
How Have Other Women Been Harmed By Transvaginal Mesh?
Thousands of women who received transvaginal mesh implants suffered excruciating pain and other severe side effects including nerve damage, vaginal erosion and having pieces of the device become permanently embedded into their body. Pelvic mesh implant victims have also complained about significant effects that resulted from their debilitating injuries such as not being able to work anymore and having their marriages end because of their health problems. From this, the company is facing thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits.
Contact a Transvaginal Mesh Lawyer
If you or someone you know has suffered harmful side effects after being treated with a transvaginal mesh, contact d’Oliveira & Associates. You may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our firm is working with experienced transvaginal mesh lawyers, who are investigating these cases. They may be able to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit for you and they charge no fee unless you win an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.