J&J Ordered to Pay $20 Million to Victim of Defective Pelvic Mesh

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By: Marilyn McGoldrick, Esq.

Published on May 2, 2017

A Pennsylvania state court jury in Philadelphia concluded that Johnson & Johnson’s TVT-Secur mesh, designed to treat incontinence in women, was defectively designed and caused Margaret “Peggy” Engleman’s injuries. The jury awarded her $2.5 million in compensatory damages for pain, suffering and economic loss and then punished J&J and its Ethicon unit with $17.5 million in punitive damages.

Ms. Engleman received the TVT-Secur transvaginal mesh implant in 2007 to treat her stress urinary incontinence (SUI).  SUI is a common medical issue, especially in women who have given birth; the mesh is supposed to support the urethra and prevent leaks. However, within one month of receiving the TVT-Secur implant, it failed, and Ms. Engleman began experience urinary incontinence again. Within a few months the mesh began to erode inside her body, causing her to experience severe pain. Despite undergoing three separate surgeries under general anesthesia to remove the eroded mesh, her doctors have been unable to remove it all, and she still experiences pain and urinary dysfunction to this day.

“I’m happy I could be a voice for other women,” Engleman said in a statement released after the verdict. “It’s been a nightmare, and I feel justice was truly served today.”

This is the third eight figure award against Johnson & Johnson in a pelvic mesh trial in Philadelphia.  A Toms River, New Jersey woman was awarded a $13.5 million mesh verdict in 2016, and an Indiana woman was awarded $12.5 million in 2015.

If you believe you have a vaginal mesh lawsuit, Thornton Law Firm’s pelvic mesh team represents women in claims against the major mesh manufacturers including Boston Scientific, Caldera, Coloplast, Cook Medical, C.R. Bard, Inc., Ethicon/Johnson & Johnson, Mentor Worldwide, and Sofradim/Covidien. If you have suffered side effects from your mesh implant, including but not limited to bleeding, mesh erosion, constant pain, mesh contraction, urinary problems, additional surgeries, infection, vaginal tightening, painful sexual intercourse, inability to engage in sexual intercourse, or organ perforation, you may have a claim for damages. Please call attorney Marilyn McGoldrick at our toll-free number 888-341-1405, or tell us your story using our online contact form for a  no-cost, completely confidential evaluation of your legal rights. The time limits for filing all legal claims are short. Do not delay seeking legal advice.

New Pretrial Orders Issued In Transvaginal Mesh MDL

By Marilyn T. McGoldrick, Esq.

Posted on June 19, 2013

Last week the West Virginia court overseeing the vaginal mesh litigation involving Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit issued a pair of new pre-trial orders. The first rescheduled the presentation of possible bellwether cases to the court by one week, to July 25, 2013. The court will review the cases presented and decide which cases will be the first to go to trial, and in what order they will be tried. None of the other dates in the court’s pre-trial order were changed, so the first trial is still scheduled to be held on January 14, 2014 in front of Judge Joseph R. Goodwin.

The second new pre-trial order adopts a stipulation agreed to by both sides regarding documents produced in response to subpoenas to third parties. It gives Johnson & Johnson & Ethicon 30 days to review the documents and designate any portions as confidential or proprietary information. The plaintiffs will have copies of all the documents from the beginning including the 30 day period of confidentiality review. We believe this is a fair agreement and it will speed up the acquisition of the documents we believe will strengthen the plaintiffs’ cases.

Thornton Law Firm mesh lawyers continue to investigate transvaginal mesh claims against J&J and Ethicon, as well as against the other vaginal mesh manufacturers American Medical Systems, Inc., C.R. Bard, Inc., and Boston Scientific Corp. We offer free consultations. If you are one of the thousands of women who received painfully defective mesh implants, tell us your story here, or call us at 888-341-1405 to discuss your legal rights. Time limits for filing a claim are short so do not delay.

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