A Philadelphia jury awarded $12.5 million to a woman who filed a Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit alleging that the mesh manufactured by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, caused her to experience excruciating pain and numerous complications. These complications and additional health problems caused her to have multiple corrective surgeries to fix the mesh implant. The jury awarded the woman $5.5 million in compensatory damages for her injuries and $7 million in punitive damages to punish Johnson & Johnson for marketing and selling an unsafe medical device.
Did J&J Know Of The Transvaginal Mesh Problems?
Johnson & Johnson spokespersons maintained that there was nothing wrong with the transvaginal mesh implant and that it was not the cause of the patient’s health problems. However, the plaintiff’s attorneys, during the two-and-a-half week trial, obtained testimony from a product engineer for Ethicon on the lack of a backup plan if the implant failed. The engineer basically told the jury that the company had never given thought to how to remove the mesh if it caused problems. Removing the device is a terribly complex surgical procedure. Also, the company allegedly knew before it launched the product in 2005 that the implants had been associated with causing pain. However, this was not included on the product’s warning label.
Are There Any Other Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits?
Thousands of similar transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed nationwide against various manufacturers regarding different allegations. They include misleading the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the medical community, patients and consumers with respect to the safety and effectiveness of these products; failing to conduct proper testing and research to determine the risks of surgical mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI); not establishing proper methods of removing mesh implants that fail or disintegrate; and failing to warn consumers about the potential for complications and injury.
What Are The Most Common Transvaginal Mesh Side Effects?
The most common side effects women experience as a result of being implanted with a transvaginal mesh are:
- Erosion of vaginal tissue
- Surgeries to remove the mesh
- Perforation of the bowel, bladder or blood vessels
- Pain during intercourse
- Urinary problems
- Vaginal bleeding and scarring
- Nerve damage
- Vaginal infections
- Chronic pain
Contact a Transvaginal Mesh Lawyer
If you or someone you know has suffered after being implanted with a transvaginal mesh, contact one of our transvaginal mesh lawyers at d’Oliveira & Associates. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. We work with experienced lawyers that can evaluate your case and can file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit on your behalf. They charge no fees unless you win an award or settlement. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call us today toll free at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out our contact form online.