It was reported this morning that a jury has returned a $2 million verdict for the injured plaintiff in the first federal transvaginal mesh implant trial. Among other things, the plaintiff was compensated for her bleeding and pain. The victim required two subsequent complicated surgeries to remove the device. Significant punitive damages were also awarded.
Transvaginal mesh implants are inserted surgically to treat pelvic organ prolaps and stress urinary incontinance. However, thousands of women suffered injury from the implants and found that the conditions they were treating were worse shortly after their surgeries.
It’s reported that there are approximately 20,000 thousand lawsuits consolidated in six separate Multidistrict litigations in federal court in the Southern District of West Virginia. These consolidated litigations, which are against manufacturers AMS, Boston Scientific, Coloplast, Ethicon (Johnson and Johnson) and Cook, are overseen by the Honorable Joseph Robert Goodwin. There is similar litigation pending against Mentor in Georgia for its O.B. tape, which is another vaginal mesh product that also caused injury to women nationwide.
The $2 million verdict is no suprise to the parties or the Courts as a $3 million verdict was recently rendered against Ethicon in New Jersey state court for injuries caused by its transvaginal mesh product. Now that the state and federal juries have spoken and the litigants know the value of representative (Bellwether) cases, it is the appropriate time for the defendants to begin compensating the victims.
Our firm has been litigating these cases for years, and representing transvaginal mesh victims nationwide. In fact we had three cases selected for the initial bellwether discovery phase and fought hard for our clients rights. If you’ve received a transvaginal mesh implant and suffered injury, feel free to contact Scott Levensten to learn how to protect your rights for compensation.