Woman Awarded $5.7 Million in Vaginal Mesh Lawsuit After Jury Finds Mesh Device Defectively Designed


Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. Unit Faces More Than 30,000 Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits Alleging The Bladder Mesh Implants Cause Vaginal Scarring, Bleeding And Other Complications That Require Additional Surgery

vaginal-Mesh-Lawsuit-Verdict-Wright-Schulte-LLCA California Jury recently found Johnson & Johnson’s bladder mesh defectively designed and mis-markdeted and has awarded a California women $5.7 Million reports the attorneys at Wright & Schulte LLC. “Our firm is currently representing dozens of women in bladder mesh lawsuits and we are pleased with the outcome in the California state court” Court records indicate the jury ruled against Johnson & Johnson by ordering the company to pay $5.7 million to a woman whose bladder mesh implant eroded inside of her and forced her to surgically remove part of it. The Kern County Superior Court jury also ruled that the TVT Abbrevo midurethral sling the woman had implanted in 2011 to treat urinary incontinence was defectively designed, and Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon Inc., failed to warn doctors and their patients about the risks associated with the medical device.(Case No.1500-cv-279123) Court records indicate that Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon are defending themselves against vaginal mesh lawsuits similar to the one that ended Thursday in the Bakersfield, California courtroom. “Ethicon is faces more than 23,500 mesh lawsuits in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia and we see this as a positive stepping point for moving forward in these mesh litigations” Wright & Schulte LLC (In Re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2327)
[bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-05/j-j-ordered-to-pay-5-7-million-over-incontinence-implant, March 5, 2015]

Wright & Schulte has also learned through a recent Bloomberg news report, that Johnson & Johnson plans to appeal the jury verdict. Wright & Schulte LLC says. “While Johnson & Johnson is appealing, they are still facing thousands of bladder mesh lawsuits that are currently pending in federal court which allege Ethicon’s mesh implants caused chronic pain, bleeding, vaginal scarring, organ damage and other injuries and many women had the devices surgically removed.”
[bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-05/j-j-ordered-to-pay-5-7-million-over-incontinence-implant, March 5, 2015]

“The firm continues to monitor litigation in vaginal mesh lawsuits and urges women who have experienced any of these complications from bladder mesh products to contact one of the firms attorneys for a free consolation to discuss their legal recourse.” You can reach out to Wright & Schulte by calling 1-800-399-0795 or you can visit the firms website at www.yourlegalhelp.com for more information on this and other transvaginal mesh lawsuits still pending litigation.

According to Wright & Schulte LLC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has publicly stated its concerns over vaginal mesh medical devices. The FDA stated in a release that transvaginal mesh products are used to repair pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence in women. The FDA issued warnings about the medical devices after has receiving complaints regarding mesh products such as erosion through the vagina, infection, bleeding, organ perforation, pain during sexual intercourse, and urinary problems. To address the surgical mesh risks, the FDA announced a proposal to reclassify transvaginal mesh from a “moderate-risk device” to a “high-risk device. If the proposal announced in April 2014 is finalized, mesh manufacturers will be required to provide premarket clinical data to the FDA that shows the safety and effectiveness of their surgical mesh products.
[fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm262435.htm, July 13, 2011]
[fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm395192.htm, April 29, 2014]

Wright & Schulte LLC has been monitoring the multidistrict litigation in the West Virginia federal court and notes that Ethicon Inc. is one of seven manufacturers facing 70,000 claims over their mesh products. The litigation includes:

• 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 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)

• In Re: Neomedic Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2511)

Court records also indicate that bladder mesh lawsuits have been consolidated in New Jersey’s Bergen County Superior Court for Ethicon’s Gynecare vaginal mesh or bladder sling. There are 7,730 cases pending as of March 9. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10)

About Wright & Schulte LLC

Wright & Schulte LLC, 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, please do not hesitate to contact Wright & Schulte LLC today. Free transvaginal mesh case evaluations are available through yourlegalhelp.com or by calling 1-800-399-0795.

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