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US vaginal mesh settlements

Settlements announced in the US relating to Prolift, Prolift M+ and Gynecare TVT Secur pelvic mesh devices

15 May 2014

Prolift, Prolift M+ and Gynecare TVT Secur Pelvic Mesh Devices

Reports in the US suggest that three pending claims against Johnson & Johnson have been settled this week. 

It is understood that the settlements relate to claims concerning the Prolift, Prolift M+ and TVT Secur  pelvic mesh devices, which are synthetic mesh products placed in the vagina to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. 

Details of the settlements are confidential but this represents welcome news for all women suffering complications arising from mesh implantation.  The settlements follow last year’s victory for Linda Gross, in which Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $11.2 million in damages to her for injuries arising from implantation of a Prolift pelvic mesh device.

Gynecare TVT-O - Linda Batiste v Johnson & Johnson

Last month, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $1.2 million to Linda Batiste, who was implanted with a TVT-O sling which eroded inside her.  A jury in Texas held that the design of the TVT-O sling was defective.  The compensation was in part payment for the pain and suffering she suffered following the implantation of the mesh.

Aside from these settlements, a number of actions have been brought by women in the US who have experienced pain following implantation of devices manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, Coloplast, Cook and others. 

Leigh Day surgical mesh cases

The specialist surgical mesh team in the product liability department at Leigh Day has been instructed by a number of women who have been implanted with TVT-O slings and other vaginal tape mesh devices implanted to treat stress urinary incontinence.  They have also been instructed by women who have been implanted with the Prolift pelvic mesh to treat pelvic organ prolapse.

Women who have approached Leigh Day have reported problems following the implantation of these mesh devices including pain, discomfort, recurrence of previous symptoms, and erosion of the mesh leading to further surgery.

If you have been implanted with surgical mesh and have experienced problems, please call 020 7650 1219 for a free and confidential conversation about a potential claim.

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