Jury Awards $7.8 Million in Punitive Damages to Woman Implanted with Prolift Transvaginal Mesh

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Jury Awards $7.8 Million in Punitive Damages to Woman Implanted with Prolift Transvaginal MeshOverview: A New Jersey jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $7.76 million in punitive damages to a former nurse implanted with a transvaginal mesh device that allegedly caused severe injuries and ruined her life. The punitive damages will add to the $3.35 million in compensatory damages on Monday. Johnson & Johnson faces tens of thousands of mesh lawsuits filed across the country in state and federal court, according to attorneys for the Plaintiff.

  • Jurors have awarded $7.76M to Linda Gross, who sued over her Prolift transvaginal mesh; this adds to the $3.35M previously awarded for compensatory damages, leading to a total of $11.1M
  • There are another 1,800 mesh lawsuits pending in New Jersey and another 2,200 in other courts
  • The Plaintiff is Linda Gross, who alleges, among other things, that the Prolift not only caused injuries and chronic pain leading to 18 follow-up surgeries

Product: Prolift

Manufacturer: Ethicon, Inc./Johnson & Johnson

Side Effects & Complications

  • Mesh erosion
  • Pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • Perforation or puncture of the bladder, bowels, intestines, and blood vessels near the vaginal wall
  • Recurring Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP)
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Urinary problems
  • Chronic vaginal drainage, discharge, or infection
  • Vaginal scarring and shortening

J&J Ordered to Pay $11M to Prolift Patient

In the first verdict of some 4,000 lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson jurors in New Jersey Superior Court have awarded $7.76 million in punitive damages and $3.5M in compensatory damages to Linda Gross, who was implanted with the Prolift in 2006. Gross alleged in her lawsuit that the transvaginal mesh device, which is used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, caused chronic pain; she has undergone 18 unsuccessful surgeries to correct her pelvic problems. Severe pain and other complications have forced her to stop working, the Washington Post reports. The former South Dakota nurse said that the mesh is to blame for her “living in hell”; she has said that she cannot sit comfortably and is constantly in pain.

Transvaginal Mesh Implant Lawsuits

Johnson & Johnson faces 1,800 lawsuits in New Jersey 2,200 in other courts; in total, there are tens of thousands of lawsuits against the company over transvaginal mesh. Transvaginal mesh implants are intended to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI); pelvic organ prolapse is when the pelvic muscles slide out of place and into the vagina and stress urinary incontinence is the involuntary release of urine. These conditions, which become more common after childbirth, are typically caused by the weakening of the pelvic walls and muscles. Transvaginal mesh is supposed to correct these conditions by providing additional support to the pelvic walls, but the lawsuits allege that these devices only cause more issues.