By: Allan M. Siegel
Johnson & Johnson is facing 16 new lawsuits this month from plaintiffs who suffered harm and losses after using a medical device known as Prolene® Mesh. Prolene mesh is a synthetic material used during hernia surgery and as a treatment for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence in women. According to the latest series of lawsuits filed in New Jersey at the end of September, Johnson & Johnson should be held accountable for victims' damages because the company continues to market Prolene mesh, despite knowing that it is defective.
The lawsuits allege that Johnson & Johnson's mesh product can cause an inflammatory response when implanted in the body. As a result of the inflammation, the mesh will shrink and become brittle and sharp. Although Johnson & Johnson has created newer and more effective mesh products less likely to be rejected by the body, it still continues to market Prolene mesh.
Because Johnson & Johnson failed to provide adequate warnings and continues to market a mesh product known to cause long-term health consequences, victims are still suffering serious and sometimes permanent injuries.
Pelvic Mesh Lawsuits
In recent years, surgical mesh products have been associated with serious complications. Although no recalls have yet been made, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued safety communications warning consumers that serious complications are not rare. In many cases, these complications require painful revision surgeries that further delay victims' recoveries and ability to return to work.
Complications associated with surgical / transvaginal mesh can include:
- High rates of erosion & rejection
- Chronic pain
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., we are dedicated to fighting back against corporate greed and misconduct, especially when it causes victims to suffer preventable harm. If you or someone you love has been injured after undergoing a procedure using surgical mesh – including Prolene® Mesh – our Washington, DC personal injury lawyers can review your case for free to determine if you may file a lawsuit.
To learn more about filing a surgical mesh lawsuit during a FREE consultation, call 202-644-8303 or fill out an online case evaluation form.