A California jury slapped Johnson & Johnson unit Ethicon Inc. with a $5.7 million judgment after finding the company’s transvaginal mesh device caused a woman to suffer injuries that will leave her in chronic pain.
Plaintiff Coleen Perry was awarded $700,000 in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages after suing the companies and her doctor in California state court over injuries she alleged were caused by the companies’ TVT Abbrevo mesh.
Transvaginal mesh, also known as vaginal mesh or a bladder sling, is used to support pelvic organs that have dropped causing discomfort, painful intercourse or incontinence – common conditions known as stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The mesh has been associated with serious complications including erosion or perforation causing damages to internal organs and tissue, resulting in symptoms such as chronic pain, infections, hemorrhaging, and incontinence.
Thousands of women have sued various makers of transvaginal mesh claiming injuries from the defective devices. Last September, a West Virginia federal jury awarded plaintiff Jo Huskey $3.3 million after she sued Ethicon claiming injuries from its TVT-O transvaginal mesh, and a Texas state jury hit Boston Scientific Corp. with $73 million in damages after finding its Obtryx-brand transvaginal mesh had caused serious injuries.
Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson say they plan to appeal the verdict.
Source: Law 360