The Louisiana Record reports that Laura Lutz of Port Sulphur, Louisiana, has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon Inc., alleging negligence and other counts regarding her injuries allegedly linked to Physiomesh Flexible Composite Hernia Mesh device.
Physiomesh is a flexible mesh made of polypropylene designed to reinforce the abdominal wall, supposedly keeping additional hernias from forming. Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer used in a wide variety of ways, including packaging and labeling, ropes, fabric for thermal underwear, reusable containers, laboratory equipment, and transvaginal mesh (TVM), which also has been linked to complications.
TVM is a knitted polypropylene monofilament used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, which is the release of small amounts of urine when coughing, laughing, sneezing, etc. Tens of thousands of women have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of transvaginal mesh devices claiming the mesh migrates, erodes, perforates or punctures organs. These women allege the mesh is responsible for chronic pain, infection and can lead to death.
According to the Louisiana Record, Lutz has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana alleging that she has suffered personal injuries requiring hernia revision surgery to remove or revise the Physiomesh device with which she was implanted on June 13, 2012. Lutz blames Johnson & Johnson and subsidiary Ethicon Inc. for negligently designing, developing, manufacturing and selling the defective device. Lutz also maintains that the companies intentionally kept the device’s unreasonably dangerous risks hidden.
Lutz is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as the attorney fees and costs associated with necessary relief.