A New Jersey state appeals court has awarded plaintiff Linda Gross $11.1 million on claims that health care giant Johnson & Johnson’s vaginal mesh product caused serious injuries after use in surgery and that the companies failed to disclose these product risks to physicians and the general public.
Law360 (subscription) reports the three-judge panel of the bellwether case came to the conclusion that the plaintiff’s “doctor might have offered a different guidance if he’d had more information about the product’s risks, which might have led Gross to pursue a different course of treatment and avoided the injuries for which she sued Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon Inc.” The Panel noted that “[t]he evidence was sufficient to allow the jury to find an adequate warning would have prevented the plaintiff’s injuries.”
Transvaginal mesh, also known as pelvic mesh or bladder sling mesh, 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.
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.