Transvaginal mesh lawsuits continue to play out in courts of law around the country and the world, with several significant settlements reached in the past few weeks. Last month, Johnson and Johnson (J&J) quietly settled three mesh injury cases with women who had gone to the same doctor and used the same healthcare system. All three claims alleged that Johnson & Johnson was negligent, had marketed a defective product, and had concealed the dangers associated with its transvaginal mesh product.
According to Bloomberg, Coloplast A/S, the Danish maker of medical products, also recently agreed to pay about $16 million to settle lawsuits accusing it of injuring women with its vaginal mesh inserts. The settlement will provide an average payment of about $40,000 for each claimant.
In 2008, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned consumers that the implants were associated with complications, but that such complications were rare. Between 2008 and 2010, however, the FDA reported a fivefold increase in the number of injuries reported. Transvaginal mesh implant complications include the following:
- mesh erosion into the vagina, bladder, intestines, and uterus
- pelvic pain or neuropathic pain,
- urinary problems, including incontinence
- development of urinary retention
- bowel, bladder, and blood vessel perforation during insertion,
- vaginal scarring
- dyspareunia (pain with sexual relations)
- fistulas and recurrence of prolapsed organs
As of January, 2014, more than 40,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been filed against a number of manufacturers, including C.R. Bard, Ethicon (a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary), American Medical Systems (AMS), and Boston Scientific. While some claims have been settled, approximately 3,000 lawsuits a month are still being filed. The two transvaginal mesh cases in which the plaintiffs successfully obtained jury awards of $11.1 million and $1.2 million are currently on appeal.
Contact an Defective Product Lawyer
The Chicago medical device lawyers at Ankin Law Office, LLC are committed to helping the victims of dangerous and defective medical products – such as transvaginal mesh, hip implants, and testosterone replacement therapy – obtain maximum money damages. After listening to the circumstances of your situation, we will conduct a thorough analysis of any possible legal claims, including product liability and medical malpractice claims. We will explain your legal rights to you so that you can make an informed decision about how to proceed, and we will vigorously advocate on your behalf to get you the compensation that you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured by transvaginal mesh or other defective medical device, contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our product liability lawyers.