A Louisiana woman has filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming that Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon line of vaginal mesh products are defective and that one of the mesh implants caused her to experience serious side effects.
According to The Louisiana Record, Marie Jeanne Exposito filed suit against Johnson & Johnson Inc. and Ethicon Inc. on January 6 in a New Orleans district court. The lawsuit claims that both defendants were negligent in their design and marketing of the Ethicon line of products, including the Gynecare Prolift Pelvic Floor System, the Gynecare TVT System, the Gynecare TVT Obturator System, the Gynecare TVT Secure System, the Gynecare Prolift Anterior, Posterior, and/or Total Pelvic Floor System,and the Gynecare Prolift + M Pelvic Floor Repair System.
Ms. Exposito is seeking $1.5 million in compensation, alleging that after she was implanted with one of the Gynecare mesh systems she developed pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. She is seeking damages for physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, medical expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, inconvenience, disfigurement interest and court costs.
This latest lawsuit joins numerous others already filed against Johnson & Johnson involving the Gynecare vaginal mesh products. Women across the country have filed suit after they say they suffered serious complications caused by one of the TVT implants, including swelling, severe pain, tissue damage, blood vessel damage, difficulty urinating and painful intercourse. Lawsuits have also been filed against other manufacturers of mesh products, including C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific and American Medical Systems.
Vaginal mesh was first approved by the FDA in 1996 to treat pelvic organ prolapse, a condition affecting certain women. Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) involves a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles and depending on its severity, can cause the internal organs to bulge downward through the vagina.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has reported receiving thousands of complaints involving mesh devices between 2008 and 2010. In July 2011, the FDA issued an updated safety communication advising health care professionals and women that the risks associated with a mesh implant may outweigh their benefits.
Women who believe they were injured by one of these devices are urged to contact a qualified personal injury attorney to discuss their legal rights. The vaginal mesh injury legal team at Nadrich & Cohen LLP is currently investigating claims from women in all 50 states and we are eager to hear from you.
Call us today at 1-800-722-0765 to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation initial case evaluation. We are a contingency firm, meaning there is never a fee unless we recover monetary damages on your behalf. Call now to find out how we can help you get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve for your vaginal mesh injury.