A Canadian woman has filed an Ethicon mesh lawsuit seeking $5 million in damages after allegedly suffering debilitating physical and psychological side effects stemming from a vaginal mesh implant she received in 2008, according to the ChronicleHerald.com.

The Ethicon mesh lawsuit, which was filed the week of July 12th in Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax, involves the company’s Gynecare Tension Free Vaginal Tape-Obturator (TVT-O) mesh sling and alleges pain, multiple hospital visits and additional surgeries.

According to the Chronicle Herald report, the plaintiff’s transvaginal mesh lawyer says the patient now “has trouble urinating, has had to self-catheterize, has suffered pain on an ongoing basis, has suffered from recurring infections and cannot engage in sexual relations.”

Both Ethicon and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson have been named as defendant in this case.

The plaintiff in this transvaginal mesh lawsuit alleges the injuries she incurred as a result of her Gynecare implant were caused by the negligence of these companies in marketing, distributing and manufacturing the product. Additionally, the defendants failed to conduct adequate research and testing to ensure patient safety.

Ethicon Mesh Lawsuit Accuses Defendants of Negligence

Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon “knew or ought to have known that there were serious issues surrounding complications of the use of mesh during an initial study, and the complications were so serious that the study had to be discontinued,” the lawsuit alleges.

As a result of the manufacturers’ negligence, the patient’s attorneys are saying her vaginal mesh injuries have left her unable to fully enjoy athletic, social and household activities. They have also hindered her ability to work.

“Prior to placing the mesh on the market, they knew or ought to have known that the risks to women were extremely high,” the suit states.

In addition to suing for general damages, the Chronicle-Herald reports that the plaintiff in this Ethicon mesh case is seeking $5 million in punitive, exemplary and aggravated damages, as well as medical expenses, court costs and prejudgment interests.

Thousands of Ethicon Mesh Lawsuits Now Filed in Federal, State Proceedings

Transvaginal mesh lawsuits involving Ethicon products are piling up in the federal multi-district litigation underway in the Southern District of West Virginia. According to a Case List update posted on the Court’s website, 8,188 cases had been filed in the proceeding as of June 28th, 2013.  (In re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2327”)

Meanwhile, more than 3,000 cases involving Ethicon products are also pending in a consolidated state proceeding established in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court. (In re: Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10).

Were You Injured by an Ethicon Mesh Device? File a Lawsuit Today.

If you experienced vaginal mesh complications after receiving a device manufactured by Ethicon or another manufacturer, you should consider filing a vaginal mesh lawsuit. Call the lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to learn more at (877) 779-1414. 

Published July 12, 2013 by