Johnson & Johnson took a staggering blow in the form of a 13.5 million dollar jury verdict in a lawsuit involving their vaginal mesh implants. This is the second major judgment against the pharmaceutical giant in the Philadelphia courts since December. Johnson & Johnson and their subsidiary, Ethicon, face thousands of claims throughout the country. If you have suffered complications as the result of transvaginal mesh, contact an Oregon product liability attorney today.
The plaintiff, Sharon Carlino said that Ethicon’s transvaginal mesh implant eroded within her body, causing severe pain and the inability to engage in sexual relations with her husband. The transvaginal mesh was implanted in 2005 to treat urinary incontinence. As a result of the procedure, Carlino experiences severe ongoing pain. She underwent two mesh revision surgeries but they were not successful.
The verdict consists of 3.5 million dollars for physical injuries and pain and suffering, a whopping 10 million dollars in punitive damages, and a $250,000 award to Carlino’s husband to compensate for the inability to have sexual intercourse with his wife.
Thousands of women are facing complications after receiving transvaginal mesh implants during prolapse surgery or surgery to remedy incontinence. Complications include ongoing pain, the inability to engage in sexual intercourse, bleeding, the erosion of the mesh through the vaginal tissue, infection, incontinence, and bladder or bowel perforation. If you suffer from any of these complications, our compassionate product liability attorney in Oregon will review your case and help you understand your rights.
The FDA has reclassified pelvic mesh to class III, or a high-risk device and issued multiple reports to doctors and consumers warning them of the possible risks. These warnings include a report in 2011 that indicates that serious complications from transvaginal mesh are “not rare.” The warnings, however, come far too late for women suffering ongoing pain and complications.
If you have experienced ongoing complications as the result of your transvaginal mesh or pelvic mesh surgery, you may be able to bring a claim against Johnson & Johnson or any of a number of other manufacturers. Manufacturers are quick to place blame on surgeons and physicians, asserting that women are experiencing pain and complications due to medical errors and not their faulty product. Our product liability attorney in Oregon will carefully review your case, including any medical records from before, during, and after the surgery and will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve.