Kentucky attorney general files transvaginal mesh lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon

by Jay Pate

The attorney general of Kentucky has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon over surgical mesh products sold by the two companies. The civil lawsuit filed by Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear accuses Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon of deceptive marketing in the sale of its transvaginal surgical mesh devices because of the risk of complications associated with these products.

Transvaginal mesh is a type of surgical mesh that is used to repair pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence in women. The use of transvaginal mesh for repair of these two conditions has been associated with an increased risk of complications, including mesh erosion and organ perforation.

According to the lawsuit filed by the state of Kentucky, more than 15,000 women have been implanted with transvaginal surgical mesh. The lawsuit alleges that despite the frequency with which transvaginal mesh products are used, neither Johnson & Johnson nor Ethicon has provided enough information about the risk of complications associated with these products for women or their doctors to make informed health decisions.

In a statement, Beshear said that his office has spoken with many women who has suffered severe or painful complications after being implanted with transvaginal mesh. Beshear said that although the Kentucky attorney general’s office “may not be able to give them back the lives they once had,” he said that the state will “do everything we can to hold [Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon] accountable.”

The Kentucky transvaginal mesh lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon is seeking millions of dollars in civil penalties from the two companies under the state’s Consumer Protection Act. Although the lawsuit was not filed on behalf of individual patients who were harmed by complications from transvaginal mesh, Beshear has asked Kentucky residents who have been affected and who are not already represented in the litigation against Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon to contact his office.

Lawsuits Filed on Behalf of Patients Injured by Transvaginal Mesh

If you or a loved one were injured by transvaginal mesh or other surgical mesh products, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Studies have shown that surgery with surgical mesh may cause additional risks of complications compared to traditional surgical repair, while offering no additional benefits to patients. Thousands of transvaginal surgical mesh lawsuits have been filed involving more than 50 different brands of implants against manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon, Boston Scientific, C.R. Bard, Gynecare, and American Medical Systems.

The lawyers at Heygood, Orr & Pearson have spent years holding medical device manufacturers responsible for the injuries or deaths caused by their products. Heygood, Orr & Pearson has represented hundreds of individuals who have been injured by dangerous medical devices like transvaginal mesh. Our firm helps to protect consumer’s rights against irresponsible medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. Our attorneys will work to help you recover the compensation for your injuries that you are entitled to under the law.

If you have been injured by complications from transvaginal mesh or other surgical mesh products, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the product that was used in your surgery. For a free legal consultation and to find out whether you may qualify, 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 Jay Pate

John “Jay” Pate is a licensed attorney who focuses his practice on complex tort litigation involving catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and product liability cases.