Washington and California Sue J&J Over Pelvic Mesh

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Washington and California Sue J&J Over Pelvic Mesh
07.19.2016 News

The states of Washington and California have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) over its dangerous transvaginal mesh products. The states allege J&J neglected to warn doctors and patients of the severe risks associated with the medical devices. 

What Is Transvaginal Mesh?

Transvaginal mesh, also known as pelvic mesh, is a medical device designed to improve corrective surgeries for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The device works by reinforcing the weakened vaginal wall and/or other tissues. 

In 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a safety statement reporting transvaginal mesh is not only ineffective at improving treating pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, but the device has also been shown to degrade and cause significant damage.

From 2008 to 2010, the FDA received thousands of reports of damages from transvaginal mesh patients, including injuries to the bladder, urethra, bowels, and blood vessels of the pelvis, urinary incontinence, urinary tract obstruction, erosion, chronic pain, and scarring, among other complications.

Between 2008 and 2014, J&J sold more than 42,000 of its transvaginal mesh devices in California alone. The state alleges the company used false and deceptive advertising marketing its device. Also, during this time J&J sold 12,000 of its mesh devices in Washington, and the state now claims the company violated the state’s consumer protection law. Both states are seeking multi-million dollar damages.

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Currently there are more than 70,000 lawsuits against several transvaginal mesh manufacturers. Some manufacturers have opted to settle lawsuits rather than face them in court, but others have taken cases to court and have been ordered to pay massive damages to plaintiffs. 

Transvaginal Mesh Lawyers

For more than 30 years, the experienced pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at Blizzard Law PLLC have helped victims stand up to the manufacturers of defective medical devices. If you have suffered injury or pain from transvaginal mesh, the lawyers at Blizzard Law PLLC can help. We are a nationwide law firm serving clients from all over the country. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your case. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t owe us anything unless we help you obtain compensation.