Johnson & Johnson will likely continue to pay victims after $20 million pelvic mesh lawsuit.
More pelvic mesh lawsuit rulings could mean more than 100’s of millions of dollars in payouts for victims. Just last week, a woman who claimed injuries after a pelvic mesh implant was awarded $20 million in a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson.
The jury in the case out of a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court ruled that Johnson & Johnson and their subsidiary, Ethicon, concealed the risks that they were aware of when marketing of the TVT-Secur mesh.
The awards included $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $17.5 million in punitive damages in the most recent pelvic mesh lawsuit.
The victim issued a public statement after the ruling. “I’m happy I could be a voice for other women…it’s been a nightmare, and I feel justice was truly served today.”
This is ominous news for the company that’s set to face additional trials over claims of suffering from recipients of the the device. Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Ethicon Inc. made the Prolift mesh implant which has left more than 54,000 lawsuits.
In recent pelvic mesh lawsuit rulings, a Philadelphia jury found that the device had defective design.
In an emailed statement, Kristen Wallace, an Ethicon spokeswoman, said “we believe the evidence showed Ethicon’s TVT-Secur device was properly designed, Ethicon acted appropriately and responsibly in the research, development and marketing of the product, and TVT-Secur was not the cause of the plaintiff’s continuing medical problems,”
In 2015 the drug giant declined to disclose the amount of settlement reached with more than 100 plaintiffs in a U.S. District Court. The pelvic mesh suits are the largest of many product liability claims that Johnson & Johnson is facing. Nearly 55,000 claims are pending for legal compensation due to the implant. Claims assert that the pelvic mesh implants manufactured by Johnson and Johnson erode.
What is the Reason for the Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits?
The pelvic mesh lawsuits are flooding in from patients all over the country who have experienced severe side effects from the mesh. The claims are being made that Johnson & Johnson did not properly market the products, failing to cite the side effects that were caused by the product.
In a report by the Associated Press, Attorneys General Bob Ferguson of Washington and Kamala Harris of California accused the New Jersey-based health care giant of neglecting to tell patients and doctors about the risks and occurrences of dire, sometimes irreversible complications. Those include urinary dysfunction, loss of sexual function, constipation and severe pain. These side effects can make everyday activities such as walking up and down stairs, laying down, or exercising extremely painful.
In a Reuters article, it is stated that Johnson & Johnson sold more than 787,000 pelvic mesh devices in the United States from 2008 until 2014, including more than 42,000 in California. Also in that article, the Food and Drug Administration said it was reclassifying mesh used to treat pelvic organ prolapse trans-vaginally from class II, or moderate risk, to class III, for high-risk devices, which will require manufacturers to submit extensive data to establish the devices’ safety. Hopefully this increased scrutiny by the FDA will prevent something like this from happening again in the future.
Financial Compensation for Pelvic Mesh Implant Recipients
If you or a loved on believe suffered pain, suffering, or death due to a pelvic mesh implant, you could be entitled to financial compensation. The Medical Claim Legal team can connect you with the money that you deserve. Get connected with a dedicated attorney today.