Medical device manufacturer Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has agreed to pay a $120 million settlement to the 2-3,000 women who filed injury lawsuits claiming to have suffered organ damage and constant pain from allegedly dangerous and defective surgical mesh. As reported by Bloomberg, these “settlements mark the first time J&J and its Ethicon unit have agreed to resolve a significant number of mesh cases.”
Transvaginal mesh, also known as pelvic mesh or a bladder sling, is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Between 2005 and 2010, nearly 4,000 injuries were reported to the FDA in connection with surgeries involving the pelvic mesh devices, along with an additional 1,500 reports of complications arising in the past three years. As of early 2015, more than 70,000 patients had filed lawsuits against pelvic surgical mesh manufacturers, including American Medical Systems, C.R. Bard Inc., Boston Scientific Corp., and Johnson & Johnson. Out of all the other surgical mesh device makers, J&J has encountered the most cases in personal injury litigation.
The most common complications and side effects of these plastic surgical mesh devices include:
- Erosion of vaginal tissue;
- Lower back pain;
- One or more surgeries to repair or remove mesh;
- Pain during intercourse;
- Perforations of the bowel, bladder, or blood vessels;
- Urinary problems; and
- Vaginal bleeding, infections, pain (unrelated to intercourse), and scarring.
New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson still faces another 42,400 mesh cases after this settlement, compared to 30,000 for Boston Scientific after that company paid $119 million to resolve 3,000 cases in April, and 12,850 for C.R. Bard after its $200 million settlement of 3,000 suits in August.
Transvaginal Mesh Injury Attorneys at Lieff Cabraser
Lieff Cabraser represents over 300 women nationwide who have suffered serious complications and injuries arising from transvaginal mesh. As of early 2016, we are in all phases of litigation and settlement on these cases. Learn more about Vaginal Mesh/Bladder Sling complications and lawsuits here.