Vaginal Mesh Victim Wins $2.16 Million
For thousands of women, the vaginal mesh products they were implanted with have turned into a nightmare. Not only have the devices proven to be ineffective in treating pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, but they can also cause severe complications and permanent damage.
Fortunately, many of the manufacturers of these products are being held responsible. In the most recent verdict against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) subsidiary Ethicon Inc., a woman was awarded $2.16 million for the damages and medical complications caused by the company’s vaginal mesh.
The Pennsylvania woman was implanted with vaginal mesh in 2006 to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Unfortunately, the mesh eroded into her vagina and bladder, which caused complications including constant pelvic pain, incontinence, urinary tract infections, and severe pain with sexual intercourse.
In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent out a warning to doctors and patients that the agency had received over 1,000 reports of complications related to vaginal mesh products. In 2011, the FDA updated the warning after the number of complications from vaginal mesh complications related to prolapse repair tripled.
Just three years later, Ethicon stopped selling several of its pelvic mesh products because of the increasing reports of complications. By this time, tens of thousands of women had already been implanted with vaginal mesh and were suffering complications.
This recent verdict marks the fourth consecutive defeat against J&J and Ethicon in the transvaginal mesh litigation. The companies are currently facing over 58,400 lawsuits over their mesh products in state and federal courts across the country.
As Ethicon and J&J prepare for the next vaginal mesh trial, the companies might consider settlement negotiations. With so many lawsuits still pending and an unsuccessful track record at trial, the companies might consider throwing in the towel. This would not only resolve thousands of cases, but it could also convince other mesh manufacturers to consider settling their lawsuits as well.
Vaginal Mesh Attorneys
If you have suffered injury or pain from transvaginal mesh, the law firm of Blizzard & Nabers can help. To learn more, or for a free case review from an experienced transvaginal mesh attorney, please contact us today.