A California jury handed down a $5.7 million verdict following a pelvic mesh lawsuit on March 5, 2015, following more than three days of deliberation. The lawsuit was filed by a California woman and her husband against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon, Inc., and alleged that her transvaginal mesh (TVM) device was defective and caused her sever injury. Thousands of pelvic mesh, or TVM, lawsuits have been filed against medical device manufacturers across the country, with several resulting in multi-million dollar awards.
If you or a loved one has been received a pelvic mesh implant and suffered complications, call the American Injury Attorney Group for a free consultation. We can answer your questions, and if you have a case, we can connect you with an affiliated transvaginal mesh lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit Trial Overview
According to news reports, the woman was implanted with vaginal mesh in March 2011 to treat stress-induced incontinence, a condition characterized by urination with laughter, sneezing, coughing or other types of exertion. She alleged her incontinence did not improve following the implant and that she was left with chronic pain. Her husband was injured during intercourse as a result of the allegedly defective mesh.
The California couple also alleged the device manufacturer knew its product was defective and hid those defects from physicians. The vaginal mesh was allegedly heavier and sharper than others on the market, therefore more prone to shrinkage and erosion.
While vaginal mesh implants are typically designed to help treat stress-induced incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, there have been lawsuits over synthetic vaginal mesh implants since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety notification in 2008. In the warning, the agency acknowledged it had received a high number of complaints about the devices, and three years later, the FDA acknowledged the risk of serious complications.
The verdict, one of the first of its kind involving Ethicon TVM devices, included $700,000 in compensatory damages for the plaintiff and $5 million in punitive damages against the device maker for what was described as “malicious” conduct on its part.
Have Questions About A Potential Pelvic Mesh Lawsuit?
If you or a loved one was fitted with a TVM or pelvic mesh implant and experienced complications such as erosion, swelling, uterine perforation or other adverse effect, contact the American Injury Attorney Group for a free consultation. We can answer your questions, and if you have a case, we can connect you with an affiliated TVM or pelvic mesh attorney can file a lawsuit on your behalf and help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.