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Medical device lawyer welcomes news from US that vaginal mesh woman could receive $3m

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay compensation to woman implanted with surgical mesh

UK women have been fitted with TVT-O mesh sling

8 September 2014

Medical device lawyer Jill Paterson has welcomed the announcement in the US that Johnson & Johnson may have to pay $3m to a woman who claimed that a vaginal mesh implant eroded internally after it had been fitted.  

Jill hopes that the news will bring encouragement to British women who have been fitted with surgical mesh and have subsequently developed health problems.

On 5th September jurors in a federal court in West Virginia ruled that Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit was liable for the injuries of Jo Huskey which she believes were caused by the TVT-O mesh sling which is used for the treatment of incontinence. 

The jury also concluded that Ethicon has not warned doctors and patients about the risk of side effects from the transvaginal tape. 

A spokesman for Ethicon said that the company will challenge the verdict.

This is the second time that a US jury has found that the incontinence slings manufactured by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) have been responsible for the injuries of women. In April 2014 Linda Batiste was awarded $1.2m in compensation, she had also been fitted with the TVT-O sling. 

In the US J&J is facing more than 30,000 claims from women who allege that Ethicon vaginal implants are defective and have caused serious injuries and health problems. 

The TVT-O sling has been fitted in hundreds of women in the United Kingdom which is used to treat the symptoms of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP).

Since being fitted with surgical meshes many women have reported serious health problems, including severe pelvic pain, bleeding, infection, mesh protrusion and erosion and psychological injury.

Jill Paterson, head of the TVT claims team at Leigh Day, said:

“We know that hundreds of women in the UK are suffering from serious health problems after being fitted with surgical mesh.

“The news from the US will encourage women here who believe that their injuries have been caused by surgical mesh.

“I hope that the many women that we represent will soon be able to settle their compensation cases successfully, recover from their injuries and be empowered to move on with their lives.”

If you would like to speak to a member of the defective medical device team at Leigh Day please contact Jill Paterson on 020 7650 1219 for a free and confidential enquiry. 

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