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Manufacturer of Vaginal Mesh Implant Ordered to Pay $7.76 Million in Punitive Damages

Manufacturer of Vaginal Mesh Implant Ordered to Pay $7.76 Million in Punitive Damages

Manufacturer of Vaginal Mesh Implant Ordered to Pay $7.76 Million in Punitive Damages

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Earlier this month a New Jersey court ordered Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary and Prolift vaginal mesh implant manufacturer, to pay $3.35 million in compensatory damages to a woman who had sued the manufacturer. The woman sued to recover for injuries she had suffered resulting from the Prolift implant. The woman alleged the device, intended to treat pelvic organ relapse, caused her constant pain and suffering and that she had underwent 18 operations in an attempt to fix and remove the device. This groundbreaking case is the first of 4,000 lawsuits to go to trial over the Prolift mesh. The $3.35 million awarded in compensatory damages, which included economic loss and pain and suffering, was awarded after the jury found that the manufacturer failed to warn her surgeons of the risks associated with its product and fraudulently misled her about the risks as well. Last week it was announced the court was considering awarding punitive damages in addition to the compensatory damages, and just yesterday, the jury awarded the anticipated $7.76 million in punitive damages.

Punitive damages are exceedingly rare and typically aim to punish a company for gross negligence, a high standard to prove. In order to award punitive damages, the jury had to find that the company acted with malice, or evil and intentionally hid material information in order to make money. Here the jury found that J&J knew it sold a defective product despite knowing the risks of scar and pain, organ damage and perforation. Simply, they put profits before customers. With the number of vaginal mesh implant suits already filed and increasing in number, this case goes to show that courts are taking this topic extremely serious. The various manufacturers of vaginal mesh implants, which injured a countless number of innocent women, are going to be held accountable for their despicable conduct.

Recently Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC won two judgments totaling nearly 10 million dollars in suits involving injuries from transvaginal mesh implants. Those who have been injured from transvaginal mesh implants or any other medical device or drug need legal representation. The law firm of Meyerkord and Meyerkord, LLC has been fighting for medical malpractice recovery for decades. Contact (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 if you or a loved one has been injured from transvaginal mesh implants or any other medical device. Allow us to fight for the compensation you deserve.

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