Hundreds of thousands of women had transvaginal mesh surgeries for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Unfortunately, many transvaginal mesh victims face disappointment as well as dangerous complications. Transvaginal mesh victims who experienced extreme pain after a failed surgery are not alone. From 2008-2010, thousands of women contacted the FDA, reporting mesh erosion through the vagina following the failed surgery. As a result, the FDA issued a statement, reclassifying vaginal mesh as a high-risk device.
Thousands of Transvaginal Mesh Victims Sue Device Manufacturers
Thousands of transvaginal mesh lawsuits are now underway against device manufacturers. Plaintiffs allege that mesh manufacturers did not ensure the safety and effectiveness of their products. They also claim manufacturers provided false and misleading information about their products. In fact, some accuse TVM manufacturers of concealing permanent damage and debilitating injuries from pelvic mesh. Juries are awarding punitive damages, which encourages others seeking justice for their pain and suffering.
Transvaginal Mesh Victims Win Compensation for Injuries
Punitive damages awarded include:
- September 7, 2017 – A woman who was implanted with TVT-Secur transvaginal mesh was awarded $57.1 million against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon. The TVT-Secur transvaginal mesh that eroded through her urethra. The jury verdict included $7.1 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages.
- May 26, 2017 – Due to injuries caused by Ethicon’s Prolift, a woman was awarded $2.16 million.
- April 28, 2017 – $20 million was awarded to a woman who suffered after multiple surgeries to remove a TVT-Secur mesh implant. The Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury awarded $2.5 in compensatory damages and $17.5 million in punitive damages.
- January 6, 2016 – A Philadelphia woman won $12.5 million for her failed Ethicon Prolift mesh implant. She won $5.5 million in compensatory as well as $7 million in punitive damages.
- February 10, 2016 – A Pennsylvania state-court jury imposed $10 million in punitive damages against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary company, Ethicon. This ruling also awarded $3.5 million in compensatory damages. The plaintff alleged pelvic mesh implants are dangerously defective.
- February 18, 2016 – A Georgia federal jury ordered Mentor Worldwide LLC to pay $4 million in punitive damages (nearly 10x the compensatory damage amount) in a pelvic mesh case.
Transvaginal Mesh Victims Also Awarded Compensatory Damages
While many transvaginal mesh victims receive punitive damages, other verdicts are compensatory. Punitive damages punish wrongdoing, while compensatory damages cover the plaintiff’s injuries. This typically includes medical treatment and mesh victims’ lost wages.
How Transvaginal Mesh Victims Can Get Justice and Compensation
If you had a failed transvaginal mesh surgery, we can connect you with an attorney who understands what you are going through. Experienced attorneys can help get you the justice you deserve for your injuries.
Get your free transvaginal mesh claim review today. Then, an advocate will contact you to discuss your case and see if you may qualify for financial compensation.
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