Jury Awards Recipient of Ethicon’s Gynecare Prolift Device $3.35 Million for Compensatory Damages after Finding that the Johnson & Johnson Subsidiary Failed to Warn of its Risks In First Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit Verdict.
Wright & Schulte LLC, an experienced defective medical device law firm is pleased to report that the first trial of an Ethicon vaginal mesh lawsuit has resulted in a Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit verdict for the Plaintiff, and an award of $3.35 million in compensatory damages. According to Bloomberg News, the Plaintiff, a nurse from South Dakota, claimed that Ethicon’s Gynecare Prolift device had left her in constant pain that forced her to undergo 18 corrective surgeries to have the vaginal surgical mesh removed. The New Jersey jury hearing the case in Atlantic County Superior Court agreed with her claim that Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon subsidiary failed to properly warn of the risks associated with the vaginal mesh implant and made fraudulent misrepresentations about the product. (Gross v. Gynecare Inc., Atl-L-6966-10, Superior Court of Atlantic County, New Jersey (Atlantic City). Vaginal mesh lawsuits are also known as transvaginal mesh lawsuits or bladder mesh lawsuits.
Wright & Schulte LLC is representing numerous women in vaginal mesh lawsuits in a federal multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia. The Firm offers free vaginal mesh lawsuit evaluations to victims of vaginal mesh complications. If you or someone you love suffered serious, life-altering vaginal mesh complications following implantation of vaginal mesh, please visit yourlegalhelp.com, or call toll-FREE 1-800-399-0795 to learn more about your options for legal recourse.
The Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit
The Plaintiff in the New Jersey lawsuit had sought $3.38 million for lost earnings and past and future medical expenses, as well as an unspecified amount for pain and suffering. During the trial, her attorneys presented company documents and e-mails that claimed to show Ethicon knew the mesh would cause pain and harm to women. Following the vaginal mesh lawsuit verdict, one of her lawyers told Bloomberg that the case they presented established that the Prolift device should never have been sold.
FDA Transvaginal Mesh Warning
On October 20, 2008, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Public Heath Notification advising it had received more than 1,000 vaginal mesh complaints over a three year period relating to transvaginal mesh products. In a second Public Health Notification issued on July 13, 2011, the FDA noted that it had received a total of 2,864 additional reports of vaginal mesh complications. The agency concluded that serious injuries associated with surgical mesh for transvaginal repair of pelvic organ prolapse, were “not rare,” and further advised that transvaginal prolapse repair with mesh “does not improve symptomatic results or quality of life over traditional non mesh repair.”
Thousands of Women File Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits
Since the FDA issued its warnings on transvaginal mesh, thousands of women have filed vaginal mesh lawsuits against the manufacturers of these devices. In addition to the consolidated proceeding underway in New Jersey Superior Court, litigations involving five federal pelvic mesh manufacturers are underway in the Southern District of West Virginia, including:
- In re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2325)
- In re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2326);
- In re: C. R. Bard, Inc. Pelvic System Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2187);
- In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2327); and
- In Re: Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2387)
About Wright & Schulte LLC
Wright & Schulte LLC, a defective medical device law firm, is dedicated to the belief that America’s legal system should work for the people. Every day, the attorneys of Wright & Schulte LLC stand up for the rights of people who have been injured or wronged by defective drugs and their side effects, complications from defective medical devices, and unsafe consumer products, and fight tirelessly to ensure that even the world’s most powerful corporations take responsibility for their actions. If you’re looking for a law firm that will guarantee the aggressive and personal representation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact Wright & Schulte LLC today. Free vaginal mesh lawsuit case evaluations are available through yourlegalhelp.com, or call 1-800-399-0795.