Johnson & Johnson's Mesh Victory reversed
Johnson & Johnson’s Victory in Pelvic Mesh Case Reversed
July 25, 2017
Just over a month after a jury found that a Johnson & Johnson pelvic mesh was not responsible for the damages she claimed, Kimberly Adkins’s post-trial motion for a damages hearing has been granted by a Philadelphia judge.
The judge issued a statement opining that the jury in Adkins’s initial trial had been inconsistent on the issue of whether a design defect in the pelvic mesh had caused her injuries. Thus, the judge ruled, a damages hearing was appropriate.
The case had been the only one of five to rule in favor of Johnson & Johnson, whose Ethicon subsidiary manufactures a variety of pelvic mesh devices, also known as transvaginal mesh devices (TVMs).
Adkins’s initial loss had broken a string of plaintiffs’ victories in pelvic mesh cases against Johnson & Johnson. In one trial, the plaintiff won $20 million; in another, $2.1 million; in a third, $12.5 million; in the fourth, $13.5 million.
Adkins contended that Johnson & Johnson’s expert medical witness had been inconsistent about whether her injuries had been caused by her surgically implanted mesh device.
If you’ve had surgery to implant a pelvic (transvaginal) mesh device, and have suffered medical or health complications, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Contact the expert attorneys at TheLawFirm.com today.
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Ethically Challenged Ethicon
No company has done less to earn the name “Ethicon” than Ethicon. We’re willing to wager that Ethicon is one of the most unethical pharmaceutical companies around – and that’s saying something.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) knew that Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Physiomesh was an inferior, dangerous product. That’s why the agency strongly encouraged Ethicon to recall the Physiomesh in 2016.
Even though Ethicon did recall the Physiomesh, the company won’t admit it. Johnson & Johnson calls the recall a “voluntary withdrawal.”
The attorneys at TheLawFirm.com call that “a load of hogwash.”
The problems with the Ethicon Physiomesh can be traced back to the problems with its design. In fact, the things that make the Ethicon Physiomesh stand out in a medical marketplace crowded with hernia mesh products are not its benefits, but its flaws.
All hernia mesh devices are made of polypropylene, a strong, lightweight plastic with a million and one uses. But polypropylene, even when sterilized, has been shown in countless clinical trials to decay when implanted in the human body. When it decays, it can cause infection. It can even cause severe bleeding and trauma in internal organs.
Nevertheless, the manufacturers of the Ethicon Physiomesh decided to compromise its quality by using an especially lightweight polypropylene.
So Johnson & Johnson made an unsafe product even less safe. Not only is it more prone to decaying, but the Physiomesh can easily rip. The sole purpose of a hernia mesh is to keep internal tissues in place. A ripped hernia mesh is utterly useless. More than that, it’s dangerous.
Kind of makes you wonder why any doctor or surgeon would recommend the use of the Ethicon Physiomesh.
And that’s why it’s important to remember that your doctors are as much as victim of Johnson & Johnson’s greed as you are. Your doctors and surgeons were on the receiving end of countless sales pitches – both high-pressure and subtle – from Johnson & Johnson. Whether they knew it or not, they were coerced by Johnson & Johnson to recommend the Physiomesh.
And now you’re paying the price.
Which is exactly why it’s time to even out the balance sheet. The time to take legal action against Johnson & Johnson is now. And the expert lawyers at TheLawFirm.com are the ones you want by your side.
We specialize in cases about the Ethicon Physiomesh. We know how to try them, and we know how to win them.
If you’ve experienced health problems as a result of the surgical implantation of the Ethicon Physiomesh, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. Contact TheLawFirm.com to learn how we can help you.
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