Jury Brings Fourth Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon for TVM Device
Chris Welsh, Esq.
A California jury has granted a $5.7 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson, and its subsidiary, Ethicon Inc., for failing to warn health care providers of the risks associated with their defectively designed transvaginal mesh device. It is the fourth plaintiffs’ victory against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon regarding the mesh devices (“TVMs”). To date, over 25,000 claims have been brought in state and federal courts against the suppliers.
The lead plaintiff, Coleen Perry, had the Ethicon device implanted to treat stress urinary incontinence in 2011. Within a year, she had to have
surgery to remove parts of the mesh after complications, including the mesh eroding inside her body. This inevitably caused serious and chronic pain, scar tissue, pain during intimacy, and worsening of the her incontinence–the very reason she sought treatment in the first place.
Ms. Perry’s trial began earlier this year on January 26th. Last week, the jury of 12 awarded her and her husband $700,00 in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson.
The medical manufacturer and its subsidiary plan to appeal. Ethicon publicly defends its actions and the design of the device as proper.
If you or a loved one has suffered complications due to a transvaginal mesh device, reach out for support. You may be able to explore legal options. Do not delay. Failing to act promptly may cause you to unknowingly forfeit your right to sue due to the legal action time limit, also known as the statute of limitations.
All information shared from attorneylending.com.