Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit has been ordered to pay $5.7 million dollars to a California woman who was damaged by a TVT-Abbrevo pelvic mesh sling device. Thousands of defective transvaginal mesh products have been implanted in women suffering from the medical conditions Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) and Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and are the subject of lawsuits around the country and throughout the world. Thornton Law Firm represents women around the country in lawsuits against various pelvic mesh manufacturers for the serious injuries those implants have caused.
The plaintiff, Coleen Perry, suffered from stress urinary incontinence. The TVT-Abbrevo, introduced to the market in 2010, was implanted in Perry in 2011. She immediately began feeling a pulling sensation, followed by months and now years of pain, scar tissue, and pain during sexual intercourse. Both Perry and her husband testified that her husband had suffered abrasions to his penis from the mesh poking through the vaginal wall during sex. The evidence at trial showed that the degraded mesh eroded inside her body cannot be removed, and she will likely suffer pain for the rest of her life.
The 12-person jury found that the TVT-Abbrevo mesh sling was defectively designed and that Ethicon had failed to warn of its risks. Ms. Perry was awarded $100,000 for past pain and suffering, $100,000 for future medical expenses, and $500,000 for future pain and suffering. The jury also found that Ethicon’s conduct amounted to “malice” and awarded $5 million in punitive damages.
Thornton Law Firm’s pelvic mesh team represents women in claims against Boston Scientific, Caldera, Coloplast, Cook Medical, C.R. Bard, Inc., Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson, Mentor Worldwide, and Sofradim/Covidien. If you received a vaginal mesh implant manufactured by any of these companies and experienced any side effects, including pain, mesh erosion, bleeding, mesh contraction, additional surgeries, urinary problems, severe pelvic pain, infection, vaginal tightening or shortening, painful sexual intercourse, inability to engage in sexual intercourse, or organ perforation, and would like a free, confidential evaluation of your legal claim, please call us at our toll free number 888-341-1405, or tell us your story here. The time limits for filing all legal claims are short and strictly enforced, so do not delay seeking legal advice.