A transvaginal mesh lawsuit against Johnson& Johnson (J&J) is set to go to trial today in New Jersey state court. According to a Bloomberg report, the plaintiff is a 47-year-old woman from South Dakota who received a defective Ethicon vaginal mesh implant and underwent 18 operations to resolve the problems caused by the device.

The plaintiff’s lawsuit is the first of 1,800 vaginal mesh lawsuits pending in New Jersey state court. Her lawsuit alleges that J&J should be held responsible for failure to warn patients about the potential risks associated with their transvaginal mesh products, as well as negligence and defective design.

According to court papers, “She can no longer sit comfortably for more than a few minutes without having to either stand up or lay down to try to reduce the level of pain. She requires various daily medications to treat her severe chronic pain.”

Transvaginal Mesh Complications Lead to Increasing Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Transvaginal mesh implants have been linked to increased risk of problems such as pain, infection, painful sex, nerve damage, organ perforation and recurrence of pelvic organ prolapse (POP). In January 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered 31 transvaginal mesh manufacturers to conduct clinical studies on the safety and efficiency of their implants, after receiving thousands of adverse event reports from women who suffered from defective mesh implants. In the U.S., more than 70,000 women received vaginal mesh implants in 2010.

In August 2012, Johnson & Johnson issued a transvaginal mesh recall of its Gynecare line of devices. The company maintains that the recall was not safety related.

The plaintiff received the Gynecare Prolift implant on July 13, 2006. After suffering from pain and numerous surgeries, she might have different ideas about the safety of the device. The Gynecare Prolift went to market without clinical testing through the FDA’s 510(k) progress, after it was deemed similar enough to a predicate device.

Vaginal Mesh Lawsuits Seek Compensation for Patient Injuries

Jury selection for the South Dakota plaintiff’s trial is scheduled to begin today. Over 100 potential jurors will fill out questionnaires, and transvaginal mesh lawyers will select a jury panel on January 9th. The trial is expected to last more than a month, and is underway in the Superior Court of Atlantic County, New Jersey.

Women who experienced complications as a result of a defective transvaginal mesh implant are filing lawsuits against various mesh manufacturers to seek compensation for their injuries. Speak to a transvaginal mesh lawyer at our Firm today to learn more about how you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. The transvaginal mesh lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP understand the sensitive nature of your injuries and will help you protect your legal rights. Call (877) 779-1414 today for a free and confidential case review.

Published January 7, 2013 by