Atlantic City, NJ — A jury found Ethicon, a division of Johnson & Johnson, liable for failure to warn about the dangerous side effects of the manufacturer's bladder mesh products. The jury ordered the manufacturer to pay Linda Gross, the injured woman, $3.35 million in compensatory damages as a result of injuries she sustained from use of a Ethicon transvaginal mesh implant.
Mrs. Gross first underwent surgery in July 2006 to cure pelvic organ prolapse. Since her original surgery, she has endured tremendous pain and has undergone several additional surgeries.
Testimony in the trial suggested that Johnson & Johnson knew or should have known about the dangerous side effects of their product, but did not extend adequate warnings to the plaintiff or her doctor.
Jurors will now consider punitive damages, which could, under New Jersey law, be as much as 5 times the compensatory damages ($16.75 million).
While this is the first case in New Jersey state court, a California jury awarded a woman $3.6 million in damages in late 2012 as a result of her transvaginal mesh injuries.
Currently, thousands of cases are currently pending across the United States against the manufacturers of faulty transvaginal mesh devices. Many legal experts expect the number of cases to grow as more women come forward to seek justice for the wrongdoing of these manufacturers.
If you or a loved one has suffered from injuries as a result of a transvaginal mesh implant contact us for a free case evaluation.