A Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas jury returned a $20 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson for injuries suffered by a New Jersey woman after receiving a vaginal mesh device.
The verdict was the third consecutive eight-figure award against J&J in a mesh case in the Philadelphia courts.
The award—$2.5 million in compensatory and $17.5 million in punitive damages—was recovered by Peggy Engleman, 56, of Cinnaminson, PA. She charged that the Ethicon TVT-Secur medical device was defective and that the company failed to warn of its risks, and continued to market the device while they knew about the damage it caused to patients.
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Polypropylene mesh erodes
Doctors implanted the device into Engleman in 2007 to relieve stress urinary incontinence, a leakage caused by exercise or coughing. But within a month the TVT-Secur failed and Engleman’s stress urinary incontinence returned.
She began to suffer pain and discomfort when the polypropylene mesh started to erode inside her body. Doctors were unable to remove it all even after three more surgeries. As a result, Engleman now suffers chronic vaginal pain and pelvic floor spasms. She also developed permanent urinary dysfunction.
The TVT-Secur vaginal mesh product was introduced in September 2006 but J&J had already had many reports of high failure rates from countries all over the world.
“This jury sent a strong message today to Johnson & Johnson that they continue to hear in courtrooms across the country—our communities deserve better than these dangerous mesh devices and putting profits before safety will not be tolerated,” lead plaintiff’s counsel Benjamin Anderson told Fox 29.