New York, NY (PRWEB) February 26, 2013
Alonso Krangle LLP, a national law firm focused on fighting for the rights of victims of harmful medical devices, was pleased with Monday’s verdict in the nation’s first trial of an Ethicon vaginal mesh lawsuit. According to a Reuters report, the jury hearing the vaginal mesh lawsuit case found for the Plaintiff on claims of Failure to Warn and Fraudulent Misrepresentation, awarding the 47-year-old South Dakota nurse $3.35 million in compensatory damages. According to Alonso Krangle, the jury’s finding in this case could predict how juries elsewhere will weigh claims in similar transvaginal mesh lawsuits. (Gross v. Gynecare Inc., Superior Court of Atlantic County, New Jersey, Atl-L-6966-10.)
Alonso Krangle is currently offering FREE transvaginal mesh lawsuit consultations to victims of alleged vaginal mesh side effects. To discuss a potential claim with one of the experienced and compassionate vaginal mesh injury lawyers at Alonso Krangle LLP, please contact us at 1-800-403-6191 or visit our website, http://www.FightForVictims.com.
Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is facing more than 1,800 claims in a consolidated litigation underway in New Jersey Superior Court, Atlantic County (In re Pelvic Mesh/Gynecare Litigation, No. 6341-10). Hundreds of others are pending in a federal multidistrict litigation in U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia (MDL No. 2327). The Plaintiff in the New Jersey case is no longer able to sit comfortably for more than a few minutes without having to either stand up or lay down, and has had to undergo 18 surgical procedures to correct complications her lawsuit said were caused by Ethicon’s Gynecare Prolift device. During the trial, an Ethicon official revealed that even before its launch, a prototype for Prolift failed in 20 percent of women within six months. According to Bloomberg.com, the witness also testified that the prototype failed in 27 percent of women within a year.
Prolift was one of four Gynecare pelvic mesh devices Ethicon stopped selling last June. However, the company has maintained that the decision to end sales of those products was not motivated by safety concerns. Last year, Bloomberg.com reported that Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon had marketed the Prolift device for four years without obtaining approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
The FDA is currently reviewing the safety of transvaginal mesh used in the surgical repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). In July 2011, the agency revealed that it had received more than 2,800 reports of serious complications associated with the use of transvaginal mesh to treat POP. In September of that year, an FDA advisory panel recommended that pelvic mesh used for transvaginal repair of POP be reclassified as a high-risk medical device. This would make the products ineligible for 510(K) approvals, which do not require that a medical device undergo human testing if the product is “substantially equivalent” to a previously-approved device.
Ethicon is only one of several pelvic mesh manufacturers currently embroiled in transvaginal mesh lawsuits. Four other federal litigations are currently underway in the Southern District of West Virginia, including American Medical Systems, Inc. (MDL No. 2327), C.R. Bard (MDL No. 2187), Boston Scientific Corp. (MDL No. 2187), and Coloplast Corp. (MDL 2387).
After the award of compensatory damages was announced in the Ethicon case, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Carol Higbee ruled that she would allow arguments on punitive damages. Those arguments were scheduled to begin Tuesday morning, Reuters said.
There is still time for victims of transvaginal mesh to seek compensation for their injuries. To discuss a potential vaginal mesh lawsuit with one of the experienced and compassionate medical device injury attorneys at Alonso Krangle LLP, please contact us at 1-800-403-6191 or visit our website http://www.FightForVictims.com.
About Alonso Krangle LLP
Andres Alonso and David Krangle, attorneys with almost 40 years of collective legal experience, have focused their law practice on the handling of significant personal injury cases, defective drug and medical device litigation, construction site accidents, nursing home abuse, medical negligence, qui tam/whistleblower actions and consumer fraud cases. A nationwide law firm representing injured victims throughout the U.S., Alonso Krangle LLP is headquartered in Long Island, New York, with offices in New York City, and New Jersey.
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