New York, New York (PRWEB) April 07, 2014
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm long dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, reports that Johnson & Johnson, the parent company of Ethicon, has been ordered to pay $1.2 million to a woman, 64, who alleged significant injuries following implantation with an Ethicon mesh sling device. The lawsuit alleges that the device, which is meant to treat incontinence, was defectively designed. (Batiste v. McNabb, No. 12-14350, District Court for the 95th Judicial District, Dallas County Texas [Dallas]).
Jurors in the Dallas state court found that the TVT-O mesh sling was flawed and the woman was awarded $1.2 million in compensatory damages, according to an April 4, 2014 Bloomberg Businessweek report. The lawsuit also alleged that the woman suffered from pelvic pain when the Ethicon device eroded in her body.
J&J is facing more than 12,000 lawsuits involving allegations that Ethicon manufactured improperly designed vaginal insert devices that include slings, and that these devices injured women’s organs and led to other side effects, including painful sex. Most of these cases have been consolidated before a federal judge in West Virginia for pretrial information exchanges; cases are being heard in state courts, Bloomberg Businessweek reported. The West Virginia case is In Re Ethicon Pelvic Repair System Products Liability Litigation, 12-MD-02327, U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia (Charleston).
“We are pleased with this ruling,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. “We represent many women who have filed lawsuits over alleged injuries associated with Ethicon and other vaginal implants and continue to provide free legal advice for anyone who seeks more information about their rights.” Parker Waichman has filed a number of lawsuits including against Johnson & Johnson (In Re: Ethicon, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2327), as well as against American Medical Systems (In Re: American Medical Systems, Inc., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2325) and Boston Scientific (In Re: Boston Scientific Corp., Pelvic Repair Systems Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2326). Judge Joseph Goodwin is overseeing these MDLs in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered J&J, C.R. Bard Inc., and 31 other vaginal implant device makers to review the rates of organ damage and other complications associated with these implants, following mounting lawsuits brought over the devices. The devices are typically woven through incisions made in the vagina and are meant to strengthen weakened pelvic muscles, noted Bloomberg Businessweek. In 2010 alone, more than 70,000 such devices were implanted in women in the United States.
Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free lawsuit consultations to victims of transvaginal mesh, pelvic mesh, and vaginal implant injuries. If you or a loved one experienced complications following mesh-related surgery for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI), please visit the firm's transvaginal mesh injury page at yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1-800-LAW-INFO (1-800-529-4636).
Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney
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