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Last night, I briefly told you about the first verdict in the vaginal mesh cases against Johnson & Johnson. A significant blow at $3.35 million. Still to be decided is whether or not the judge will allow a hearing on punitive damages. That decision is expected today. The plaintiff in this case is a 47 year old woman who received the vaginal mesh as a means to treat her pelvic organ collapse. Typical complaints with the mesh are that within weeks or months of the mesh being implanted, the medical problems start. Women can experience urinary problems, vaginal bleeding, pain, scarring, recurrent prolapse and perforation of the bladder, intestines and uterus. In many cases, patients must have the mesh surgically trimmed or removed. The removal process can require three or more revisions. In this case, the plaintiff endured additional medical treatment including 18 operations to repair the damage caused by the mesh. Awful, just awful.
The FDA first began to acknowledge problems with transvaginal repairs in 2008, but claimed mesh complications were rare. It wasn’t until 2011 that the agency reversed its decision and said complications were in fact not rare, noting that issues arise in 10 percent of transvaginal mesh prolapse patients within a year of surgery. From 2005 to 2010, the agency received nearly 4,000 reports of complications related to transvaginal mesh products, including three deaths. In June 2012, Johnson & Johnsons’ Ethicon unit stopped selling most of its mesh brands after lawsuits were filed against the mesh manufacturer.
This $3.35 million dollar whopper could have an impact on the thousands of lawsuits filed against other manufacturers of vaginal mesh implants. If you have experienced an injury after a vaginal mesh procedure, contact our attorneys at 1.800.553.8082, or online.