Johnson & Johnson may face higher legal costs following New Jersey surgical mesh settlement, legal experts say

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by Jay Pate

Johnson & Johnson may be facing significantly higher costs to settle lawsuits involving injuries caused by transvaginal surgical mesh implants following a recent settlement. Earlier this year, Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay $5 million to settle a lawsuit filed in New Jersey by a woman who suffered complications after receiving a surgical mesh implant.

According to the lawsuit, Pamela Wicker was implanted with Prolift mesh manufactured by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division. Following the procedure, Wicker began to experience complications caused by the erosion of the surgical mesh patch. She was forced to undergo several surgeries in order to treat these complications.

Wicker filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, one of about 8,700 transvaginal mesh lawsuits filed against the company in New Jersey alone. Wicker’s lawsuit was to have been the second case to go to trial in New Jersey, following an $11.1 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in the state’s first bellwether trial in 2013. However, before the case could go to trial, Johnson & Johnson agreed to a $5 million settlement in the case. The terms of the settlement were made public in a court filing by Wicker’s lawyer requesting attorney’s fees for the case.

Although this $5 million settlement was significantly lower than the $11.1 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson awarded in 2013, it is much higher than previous settlements reached by Johnson & Johnson in earlier transvaginal mesh litigation. Johnson & Johnson reportedly paid $120 million in January 2016 to settle between 2,000 and 3,000 surgical mesh lawsuits filed against the company. With an estimated 46,000 lawsuits still facing Johnson & Johnson over its transvaginal surgical mesh products, legal experts say that the cost to settle these cases could be substantially higher than the company’s previous estimates.

All told, more than 100,000 lawsuits have been filed against Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard, and Boston Scientific by women who received surgical mesh products to treat stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. While Johnson & Johnson began pulling its mesh devices from the market in 2012 following an FDA warning, Bard and Boston Scientific have continued to defend their products despite the threat of litigation. Legal experts say that both companies have set aside more than $1 billion to cover legal costs related to the transvaginal surgical mesh litigation.

Transvaginal Surgical Mesh Lawsuits Filed by Heygood, Orr & Pearson

Medical research has repeatedly shown that surgery with transvaginal mesh carries additional risks of complications compared with traditional surgical repair. If you or a loved one has suffered complications caused by surgical mesh products sold by Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, or other medical device manufacturers, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have filed numerous lawsuits on behalf of women who were injured by transvaginal surgical mesh products, as well as other defective medical products. Our attorneys have the legal experience to protect your rights against irresponsible medical device manufacturers or drug companies. We are committed to bringing the highest standards of ethics and a passion for justice to every client and every case, and will work to ensure that you receive the compensation for your injuries that you are entitled to under the law.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson has spent years holding drug companies and medical device manufacturers responsible for the injuries and deaths caused by their reckless conduct. Our law firm has won hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. The attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have made it a career priority to hold drug and medical device manufacturers accountable and responsible for their actions.

For more information about the surgical mesh lawsuits filed by Heygood, Orr & Pearson and to learn more about whether you may qualify to file a case, contact our law office by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001. You can also reach us by following the link to our free case evaluation form and answering a few brief questions about your history to get started.