Johnson & Johnson is a renowned leader in the medical industry. Their subsidiary, Ethicon, is the creator of transvaginal mesh devices that were once used in surgical procedures worldwide. These devices help to correct problems in women with pelvic organ prolapse, which is also known as POP. They can also be used for conditions of urinary incontinence too, specifically the stress variety. These small devices are used to remedy the situation and bring some comfort to those suffering. Many women have been implanted, but the complaints were substantial enough for the FDA to step in.

One of the most common complaints is that the mesh erodes, and it moves from it’s intended location causing great pain. The nature of the device can pierce and cut through both vaginal and pelvic materials. To say that it causes a great deal of pain or discomfort is an understatement. People who experience these complications must have a surgical procedure to remove them and repair the damage they caused. Many times, surgeons find that the mesh has attached itself to the tissues making it very difficult to remove. For some unfortunate recipients, they need multiple operations to correct the problems, but they may still be plagued with pain for life.

After years of complaints, the FDA banned selling four of the mesh implants sold by the Ethicon branch of Johnson & Johnson. The ban went into effect on June 4th, 2012. The substantial evidence proved that these devices were dangerous, and women were suffering. The FDA did a study on the implants during a two year period, and they found that there was a five times greater risk of complications when using these specific devices. The evidence against the company was so substantial that a ban was necessary.

The FDA hoped that the issuing company would be cooperative. However, they denied any problems with their devices, and they stated that the only reason they stopped selling them was a concern for financial issues rather than safety. Still, there was significant information that proved otherwise. A case was filed in the U.S. District Court against Johnson & Johnson. There were more than 4,000 people that participated in this suit for the Southern half of West Virginia. One woman, who had suffered greatly from this device, was awarded over $11 million for her pain and suffering. The judge found the company liable. Of her awarded amount, more than $7 million was for punitive damages.

Unfortunately, this was not an isolated case from the state of West Virginia. There have been thousands of other people come forward and file a claim through the courts. Women from around the country started coming forward to get compensation for their pain. Since there are many defendants in this case, it’s now called a multi-district litigation. The basis for these lawsuits includes the following:

•Required One or Multiple Surgeries for Correction
•Sexual Suffering from Implant
•Change in A Normal Life
•Lost Wages and Job
•Emotional and Physician Distress
•Medical Bills from Surgeries, Doctor Visits, and Other Fees
•Significant Pain and Suffering
•Loss of Spouse or Partner

To help prove their case, the FDA found that women who were implanted with these devices have alarming statistics. Nearly ten percent of those women would face serious complications, including mesh erosion within a year following their procedure. While mesh erosion was the most significant issue, here are some other problems reported:

•Mess Device Moving into Vagina
•Pain in the Vaginal Walls from A Mass
•Pain So Severe They Can No Longer Have Intercourse
•Perforated Bladder
•Urinary Infections and Other Issues
•Vaginal Bleeding with Severe Pain

These cases have helped tens of thousands of other women to avoid having such a risky device implanted. The lawsuits showed that many companies, not just Johnson & Johnson, didn’t even check the appliances before they sold them. Consequently, these devices are no longer allowed to be sold for surgical implantation. While it’s made way for newer and better options, it doesn’t help those women who had these devices implanted.

If you or your loved one had a transvaginal mesh implanted to help you with stress urinary incontinence or prolapse, and you experienced problems, then you have rights. Adam J. Zayed of the Zayed Law Offices has been helping clients with medical product defects since 2009. Zayed Law Offices has successfully received substantial settlements for clients in Joliet, Chicago, Wheaton, and Rockford Illinois. Many of these cases involved clients with transvaginal mesh implants.

With more than a decade of experience settling these types of cases, the Zayed Law Offices provides our customers with the best service possible. We want to talk to you. You can call or chat with us online 24 hours a day. Call us at 815.205.8983 for a free consultation. We want to help you collect the lost income, medical bills and get compensated for your pain and suffering.