A Philadelphia jury punished a Johnson & Johnson (J&J) subsidiary with a $120 million verdict over claims its pelvic mesh was defectively designed and left a woman with chronic, debilitating pain. The verdict, handed down on April 24, awarded plaintiff Susan McFarland $20 million in compensatory damages while hitting Ethicon Inc. to the tune of $100 million in punitive damages.
McFarland’s claims centered on Ethicon’s TVT-O pelvic mesh device she had implanted in 2008 to treat her urinary incontinence. McFarland alleged that the TVT-O eroded through the tissue in her pelvis and eventually had to be partially removed with a second surgery. As a result, she suffers from chronic uterine tract infections and vaginal pain so severe that she has not been able to have sex with her husband for over 10 years. The jury agreed with McFarland’s claims that the TVT-O’s defective design caused the migration of the mesh and was ultimately responsible for her injuries.
The verdict marked the seventh plaintiff victory and the largest award yet among the pelvic mesh cases tried in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The total awarded to plaintiffs across these seven cases now exceeds $270 million.
The verdict also comes just over a week after the Food and Drug Administration ordered the manufacturers of pelvic mesh products to stop selling and distributing the devices after the manufacturers failed to provide evidence of its long-term safety.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective pelvic mesh implant, call the Minnesota defective medical device attorneys at GoldenbergLaw for a free consultation. We have the experience and skills required to help you obtain the justice you deserve.