A Philadelphia jury has awarded more than $12 million to a woman who suffered excruciating pain as a result of vaginal mesh complications related to Ethicon Inc.’s Prolift pelvic mesh device.

According to court documents, the 12-member jury rendered the first phase of its verdict on December 21st, ordering Ethicon to pay the Indiana woman $5.5 million in compensatory damage. In doing so, the panel found, among other things, that Ethicon had failed to provide adequate warnings about the risks associated with Prolift mesh.

A day later, the jury granted the plaintiff another $7 million in punitive damages.

The case was the first vaginal mesh lawsuit to go to trial in the mass tort litigation now underway in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. More than 180 cases have been filed in the proceeding on behalf of women who were allegedly harmed by mesh implants used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.

The plaintiff at the center of this case was implanted with Prolift mesh in 2009 to treat a prolapsed bladder. According to The Legal Intelligencer, she had claimed that the density of the mesh caused scar tissue to build up and contract, leading to erosion of her bladder and “excruciating” pain during sex. The plaintiff has undergone numerous surgeries since the failure of her Prolift device, but asserts that her doctors will never be able to completely remove portions of the mesh that have adhered to the bladder.

Nationwide Vaginal Mesh Litigation

Ethicon, a division o f Johnson & Johnson, currently faces tens of thousands of similar lawsuits involving its vaginal mesh products. Since 2014, a number of cases have gone to trial, several of which resulted in significant verdicts for plaintiffs.

In addition to the litigation underway in Pennsylvania, a number of vaginal mesh proceedings have been established in state and federal courts around the country. The largest are located in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia, where more than 80,000 lawsuits involving pelvic mesh products marketed by Ethicon, American Medical Systems, C.R. Bard, Inc., Boston Scientific Corp. and other manufacturers have been consolidated for pretrial proceedings.

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is representing hundreds of women in vaginal mesh lawsuits. If you or a woman you loved suffered devastating complications following mesh surgery to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence, please call 877-779-1414 to discuss your case with our legal staff.

Published December 22, 2015 by