Johnson & Johnson faces transvaginal surgical mesh lawsuits from California, Washington attorney generals

by Michael Heygood

The attorney generals of Washington and California have filed transvaginal surgical mesh lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson over complications from these medical devices. The lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson has misrepresented the safety of its surgical mesh products for years, despite the fact that they have been linked to widespread complications in women who are implanted with the products during pelvic surgery.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and his California counterpart Kamala Harris say that although Johnson & Johnson’s transvaginal surgical mesh products have been linked to thousands of cases of injury, the company failed to warn doctors and patients about the serious and potentially permanent complications that can arise from using its pelvic mesh products. Some of the most widely reported complications from Johnson & Johnson surgical mesh include urinary dysfunction, loss of sexual function, constipation, and severe pain.

Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon are already facing thousands of personal injury lawsuits filed by patients who suffered complications from transvaginal mesh products. Lawsuits have also been filed against Boston Scientific, Endo International, and other manufacturers of transvaginal surgical mesh. In 2014, Endo agreed to a $830 million settlement to resolve the approximately 20,000 lawsuits filed against the company over its surgical mesh products. Johnson & Johnson is currently facing more than 35,000 lawsuits, Harris says.

Transvaginal mesh is commonly used to treat pelvic organ prolapse, a condition in which the bladder, bowel, or uterus may shift, often as a result of childbirth, hysterectomy, or menopause. Surgical mesh products can also be used in pelvic surgery to treat stress urinary incontinence, a condition involving loss of bladder control because of weakness or dysfunction in the bladder muscles.

Because of the high number of side effects cases associated with surgical mesh products used for transvaginal surgery, the Food and Drug Administration announced in 2016 that it would re-label these products in order to warn patients and doctors about the risk of serious complications. The FDA said that it reached the decision to add new warning labels to transvaginal surgical mesh due to the high rate of complications suffered by women who underwent surgery to treat pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence compared with women who were treated using traditional surgical repair.

Transvaginal Surgical Mesh Lawsuits Filed By Heygood, Orr & Pearson

If you or a loved one were injured by a surgical mesh product, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit and receive a settlement from the company that manufactured the device. Experts have found that surgery with mesh carries additional risks of complications while offering no additional benefits to the patient. Thousands of transvaginal surgical mesh lawsuits have been filed involving more than 50 different brands of implants against manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, Gynecare, and American Medical Systems.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have 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 as a result of our considerable experience and expertise in pursuing claims against the drug and medical device industry. Our attorneys have made it a career priority to hold drug and medical device manufacturers accountable and responsible for their actions.

Heygood, Orr & Pearson has represented hundreds of individuals who have been injured by dangerous medical devices like surgical mesh. Furthermore, our attorneys are committed to bringing the highest standards of ethics and a passion for justice to every client and every case. We have the resources and experience to protect your rights against irresponsible pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers and will work to ensure that you receive the compensation for your injuries that you are entitled to under the law.

If you have been injured or have lost someone you care about because of defective or dangerous prescription drugs or medical devices including surgical mesh, you deserve to have the manufacturer held responsible for such and deserve proper compensation. For a free legal consultation and to find out whether you may qualify to file a lawsuit, contact the lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson by calling toll-free at 1-877-446-9001 or by following the link to our free case evaluation form to find out more about your legal rights.

by Michael Heygood

Michael Heygood is a licensed attorney and partner at HO&P who focuses on insurance and corporate litigation, and other civil arenas. Michael has been named multiple times to the Super Lawyers List.