Video: Parker Waichman Attorney Discusses $11.1 M Verdict Awarded to Transvaginal Mesh Patient

In the video above, Parker Waichman attorney Gary Falkowitz discusses the $11.1 million verdict awarded to Linda Gross, whose Prolift transvaginal mesh lawsuit was the first of 4,000 to go to trial in Atlantic Country Superior Court. Jurors ruled that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn about the risks of using the mesh, and awarded Gross $7.76 million in punitive damages on top of the $3.35 million in compensatory damages. Gross had been implanted with the Prolift in 2006; she alleged that the mesh caused severe complications leading to 400 doctor visits and 18 unsuccessful surgeries to correct her problems. The former South Dakota nurse says that she was “living in hell” and that her health issues forced her to stop working. [Read more...]

J&J Failed to Warn about Risks of Prolift Transvaginal Mesh, Jury Rules

J&J Failed to Warn about Risks of Prolift Transvaginal Mesh, Jury RulesOverview: Jurors have awarded a verdict of $3.35 million to Plaintiff Linda Gross in the first of 2,100 lawsuits to go to trial over the Gynecare Prolift transvaginal mesh. Gross sued Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson over the Prolift, which allegedly caused serious injuries due to its defective design. According to Bloomberg, the jury ruled the Johnson & Johnson failed to warn about the risks of the Prolift, a device that the company is currently under investigation for.

  • Plaintiff Linda Gross has been awarded $3.35 million in the first Gynecare Prolift trial
  • The jury ruled that J&J failed to warn about the risks of the transvaginal mesh
  • There are 2,100 lawsuits alleging that the Prolift caused serious injuries in women; the company is currently being investigated by the government over the way it marketed the device

Product: Prolift, Prolift + M, TVT Secur, and Prosima transvaginal mesh implants

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

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Transvaginal Mesh Can Cause both Physical and Psychological Side Effects, According to Expert Witness

Transvaginal Mesh Can Cause both Physical and Psychological Side Effects, According to Expert WitnessOverview: Safety concerns have continued to mount over transvaginal mesh, medical devices used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. A number of lawsuits allege that the mesh implants pose more risks than benefits. Among other things, transvaginal mesh is allegedly defective because it can erode, or go through, the tissues of the body. Furthermore, not all of the injuries alleged from transvaginal mesh are physical. According to a psychiatrist’s testimony in a trial against Ethicon, the Prolift transvaginal mesh caused severe psychological complications.

  • Last week, a psychiatrist testified in the trial of Linda Gross v. Ethicon, in which the Plaintiff alleged that the Prolift transvaginal mesh caused a number of injuries
  • Dr. Seltzer says that prior to receiving the mesh, the Plaintiff did not have a history of depression
  • Johnson & Johnson Ethicon unit has announced that it will no longer sell the Prolift along with three other types of transvaginal mesh

Product: Prolift transvaginal mesh

Manufacturer: Ethicon/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

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As Johnson & Johnson Transvaginal Mesh Trial Takes Place, Lawsuits Against Transvaginal Mesh Makers Continue to be Filed

As Johnson & Johnson Transvaginal Mesh Trial Takes Place, Lawsuits Against Transvaginal Mesh Makers Continue to be FiledOverview: Transvaginal mesh litigation continues to move forward, as the first transvaginal mesh trial began earlier this month. The lawsuit focused on the Gynecare Prolift System, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson; it is the first of 1,800 state lawsuits alleging injuries from the J&J’s transvaginal mesh.  The devices, which are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, are allegedly causing organ damage and other serious complications in women around the country.

  • The first of 1,800 state lawsuits in New Jersey went to trial on January 7, 2013
  • The lawsuit going to trial focuses on the Gynecare Prolift, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit
  • There are several hundred transvaginal mesh lawsuits; Judge Joseph R. Goodwin is overseeing 5 MDLs

Manufacturer & Product

American Medical Systems Boston Scientific C.R. Bard Johnson & Johnson; Ethicon
Elevate Pinnacle Avaulta Gynecare
Perigee/ Apogee Uphold Pelvisoft BioMesh Gynemesh
    Pelivicol Acellular Gynecare Prolift
    Collagen Matrix Gynecare Prolift+M
    Pelvitext Gynecare Prosima
    Pelvilace Gynecare TVT

 

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

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