March 5, 2013

Jury Awards Plantiff Over $3 Million in TVM Case

By Jonathan Damashek

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According to a recent press release, an Atlantic City jury awarded $3.3 Million to a plaintiff in a transvaginal mesh (TVM) lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division. This is the second award of its kind, following a Bakersfield, CA jury verdict that resulted in a multi-million dollar payout as well. This is only the second multi-million TVM verdict, but many believe that TVM cases will begin to settle in large quantities. Some experts predict more than 100,000 cases and approximately $20 billion in settlements.

Transvaginal mesh products were introduced in the 1990s. Generally speaking, TVM is a synthetic sling-like piece of fabric used to permanently fix pelvic organ prolapse. TVM is surgically implanted through the vagina to support organs that press against the wall of the vagina (prolapsed organs). Unfortunately, transvaginal mesh is associated with a variety of serious and painful side effects. In 2008, the FDA warned consumers that the mesh might be responsible for a number of medical complications. Today, TVM is commonly associated with:

  • Erosion (extrusion)
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Perforation of blood vessels, bladder, and bowels
  • Dyspareunia
  • Painful urination
  • Recurrent prolapse

Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits

Although these complications are not life-threatening, the FDA reports that they can decrease the patient’s quality of life. If you or a loved one has been affected by a transvaginal mesh implant, contact the New York City personal injury attorneys from Hecht Kleeger & Damashek (HKD) today. We have the skill, experience, and determination to get you the case results that you need and deserve. Our firm has more than 75 collective years of experience – let us put it to work for your case! When you work with our firm, you will have the advantage of decades of legal experience on your side. Contact us today to see what HKD can do for your transvaginal mesh claim.