A Philadelphia jury awarded $57.1 million in damages to a woman who alleged that Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Ethicon, were responsible for her mesh-related injuries. The plaintiff’s attorneys alleged that its transvaginal mesh device eroded through her urethra, leaving her internally scarred and incontinent.
The jury award, handed up on Thursday, was composed of $7.1 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages. As reported by Law360, the jury was unanimous in finding in favor of the injured plaintiff, determining that two of Ethicon’s mesh devices caused her internal injuries and permanently damaged her urinary system.
The plaintiff’s attorneys are encouraged that this verdict will make it clear to J&J and Ethicon that the design and marketing of the surgical mesh devices was highly improper. They were “pleased the jury recognized the recklessness of J&J and hope the company takes notice of the verdict and adjusts accordingly” said one of the plaintiff’s attorneys.
Kimberly Wilson White represents women across the US who have been seriously injured by transvaginal surgical mesh. If you or a family member has suffered complications after transvaginal mesh surgery, please call Wilson Law, P.A. at (919) 800-0919 for a free consultation with our Raleigh defective medical device lawyers.