Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Sees $20 Million Jury Award Against J&J For Defectively Designed Mesh Implant

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Jury Awards Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Plaintiff $20 Million After Finding J&J Defectively Designed TVT-Secure Implant, Failed to Warn on Its Risks

vaginal-Mesh-Lawsuit-Verdict-Wright-Schulte-LLCA transvaginal mesh lawsuit plaintiff has been awarded $20 million by a Philadelphia jury. The jury has sided with a woman who claimed Johnson & Johnson’s TVT-Secure vaginal mesh implant left her in constant pain. In the vaginal mesh lawsuit verdict rendered Friday, April 28th, jurors awarded the 56-year-old Plaintiff a total of $20 million. The jury award included $2.5 million in compensatory damages and a $17.5 million punitive award. The judgment in the transvaginal mesh lawsuit followed three weeks of testimony in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, where the her attorneys argued that Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon, Inc. unit defectively designed the TVT-Secure device and failed to warn doctors and patients about its risks. (Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Case No. No., 05385)

“This is the third consecutive time a Philadelphia jury has awarded millions to a transvaginal mesh lawsuit plaintiff. The punitive damage award is especially telling, as these types of awards are intended to punish defendants for what jurors see as wrongful conduct,” says Richard W. Schulte, a founding partner of Wright & Schulte LLC, an experienced personal injury and mass torts law firm that currently represents numerous women in transvaginal mesh lawsuits.

The Plaintiff at the center of this latest trial was implanted with TVT-Secur mesh in 2007 to treat stress urinary incontinence. Soon after her surgery, she began to experience pain and discomfort due to erosion of the implant inside her body. Though the Plaintiff has undergone several corrective surgeries, her doctors have been unable to remove all of the mesh. She has since developed permanent urinary dysfunction and continues to experience chronic vaginal pain and pelvic floor spasms.

Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon are facing 54,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits 54,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits involving TVT-Secur and other implants designed to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in women. At least 183 of these cases have been centralized in a mass tort program now underway in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, where two previous trials resulted in plaintiffs’ awards of $12.5 million and $13.5 million. Three other juries have ruled against Johnson & Johnson since 2014, bringing the company’s total damages to more than $35 million prior to the conclusion of this case. Some lawsuits have been settled, including one that was resolved for $5 million. Pennsylvania is scheduled to convene three more trials involving Johnson & Johnson transvaginal mesh products over the next two months.
[https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-28/j-j-is-ordered-to-pay-20-million-over-defective-vaginal-mesh]

Since 2008, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued two warnings regarding the risk of serious vaginal mesh complications associated with transvaginal mesh products used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. According to the agency, the most frequently reported injuries include mesh erosion and shrinkage, chronic pain, infection, and pain during sexual intercourse.
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(fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/ImplantsandProsthetics/UroGynSurgicalMesh)

Tens of thousands of women have filed transvaginal mesh lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson and other medical device makers since the FDA began investigating these products. In addition to centralized proceedings in Pennsylvania and other states, federally-filed cases have been consolidated in several multidistrict litigations now underway in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia:

  • In re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2325)
  • In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2327)
  • In re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2326);
  • In Re C. R. Bard, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2187)
  • In Re: Coloplast Corp. Pelvic Support System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2387)
  • In Re Cook Medical, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2440)

Wright & Schulte LLC is an experienced personal injury 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, 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, do not hesitate to contact Wright & Schulte LLC today. Free legal evaluations are available through yourlegalhelp.com, or call 1-888-399-0795.

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