A New Jersey jury awarded a plaintiff $11.1 million to compensate for damages she alleged were caused byGynecare Prolift mesh, which is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit. The jury found that Johnson & Johnson had failed to warn the surgeon of the risks associated with the use of this medical device.
This case was the first of over 2,000 lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson alleging serious personal injury. The jury’s award consisted of $3.35 million in compensatory damages and $7.76 million in punitive damages. The plaintiff in this case had undergone 18 corrective surgeries in an attempt to remove the vaginal mesh.
Doctors began using vaginal mesh implants to support the pelvic organs in the late 1990s. Between 2005 and 2010, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) received almost 4,000 reports from women who experienced complications and injury from the use of vaginal mesh devices. These adverse event reports range from severe pain and infection to bleeding and organ perforation.
Other manufacturers of vaginal mesh implants such as Boston Scientific, CR Bard, and American Medical Systems are also the subject of lawsuits by women who claim serious personal injury as a result of being implanted with these devices for the treatment of their pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence.
If you or a loved one received a vaginal mesh implant and has suffered an injury, contact us. Our personal injury product liability attorneys have experience litigating cases involving dangerous medical devices and are accepting clients with claims for vaginal mesh injuries.