Jury Awards $12.5M Against Ethicon in Transvaginal Mesh Case

mesh womanBy Chris Janish, CEO of MT Services

In the latest transvaginal mesh lawsuit news, plaintiff Patricia Hammons was recently awarded $12.5 million by a jury in Philadelphia. She suffered serious injuries from Ethicon’s Prolift mesh implant.

According to Surgical Watch, Hammons received the Ethicon Prolift mesh device in 2009 due to suffering from bladder prolapse, however, she alleged that the product actually injured her more than it helped her, claiming “the faulty product design caused scar tissue to develop” and “the vaginal mesh eroded into her bladder.”

The erosion caused not only severe pain, but she also had to undergo multiple corrective surgeries which have resulted in permanent injuries. The Philadelphiajury awarded her $5.5 million in compensatory damages and $7 million in punitive damages, as they found the mesh manufacturer liable for “gross negligence and reckless disregard for the safety of consumers for its Prolift vaginal mesh product.”

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon subsidiary will try to appeal the verdict, however, the manufacturer still faces thousands of claims. More than 30,000 plaintiffs have filed lawsuits against Ethicon with similar claims, most of which have been consolidated under multidistrict litigation in the Southern District of West Virginia under U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin (MDL 2327 in West Virginia).

Ethicon is not the only mesh manufacturer to have thousands of claims against them; other manufacturers include: Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, and American Medical Systems. Johnson & Johnson, however, in comparison to the other mesh manufacturers, have yet to really attempt to resolve the lawsuits, whereas the other mesh manufacturers have attempted to settle or have settled many of the cases filed against them. A few hundred cases against Ethicon are likely to be prepared for trial throughout 2016. Visit Lawsuit Settlement News for more information on TVM lawsuits.

We are pleased that such a substantial verdict award was reached for one of the many women plaintiffs who have suffered as a result of a transvaginal mesh implant. However, Ethicon continues to fight each case one at a time and this is concerning as the number of cases continues to grow, whereas the other mesh makers have begun the settlement process in earnest. We urge any women who have had revision surgery or will need one to speak with an attorney immediately, as the time to file a claim will be ending shortly in many instances.

MT Services LLC provides up-to-date lawsuit news on transvaginal mesh litigations, as well as various services to assist victims with getting the help they need during this difficult time. These services include: lawsuit pre-settlement funding cash advances, corrective or revision surgery procedure funding (or cash needs related to your surgery), and assistance with obtaining an attorney from a nationally recognized transvaginal mesh law firm (lawsuit funding or surgical funding products should not be considered to be a lawsuit loan, lawsuit loans, settlement loans, pre-settlement loans, or lawsuit settlement loans).

MT Services LLC is not a law firm and cannot provide legal advice on your case; however, MTS works with lawyers involved in mass tort litigations who are willing to provide a free legal consultation at the consumer’s request.

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