Johnson & Johnson Must Pay Victim $11 Million for Failed Ethicon Prolift Mesh

Another victory for victims of failed Prolift mesh devices: a nurse in Atlantic City, NJ has been awarded over $11 million after she suffered through 18 unsuccessful revision surgeries.

During the trial, 47-year old Linda Gross testified that the years after she had an Ethicon Gynecare Prolift transvaginal mesh device implanted were a “living hell.” She further accused the manufacturer of the vaginal mesh maker, Johnson & Johnson, of using thousands of women as “guinea pigs” for the unsafe device.

The case, which concluded earlier this year, could signal additional compensation to other victims who are able to demonstrate their suffering in court. Here is a short overview of Mrs. Gross’ lawsuit:

  • Evidence – Gross’ case was built on the allegation that Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Ethicon has learned in their own studies that their Prolift transvaginal mesh posed many risks for women. However, the defendants failed to properly warn patients about the complications of the device and continued to market the pelvic mesh aggressively to both doctors and patients.
  • Deliberation – The jury agreed with the plaintiff that Johnson & Johnson and Ethicon failed to provide warnings  of complications they knew existed, thereby committing fraud against Mrs. Gross and putting her at deliberate risk.
  • Decision – Mrs. Gross and her husband were initially awarded $3.35 million in personal injury costs in the case. On February 28th, a jury in New Jersey awarded the couple an additional $7.8 million in punitive damages.

Could You Be Entitled to a Similar Vaginal Mesh Settlement?

This lawsuit is one of the first of thousands of pending vaginal mesh personal injury lawsuits to go to court. Over 40,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been naming a wide range of plaintiffs and medical devices—including Ethicon, C.R. Bard, Boston Scientific, and American Medical Systems.

Some plaintiffs are claiming that the mesh was not designed properly, and others allege that the companies were aware of the risks but continued to market their products without warnings. All of the plaintiffs filing claims have endured injury or chronic pain as a result of the surgery—suffering mesh erosion, surgical revision, organ damage, and other complications.

To find out if you could be one of the thousands of victims who are owed compensation for a failed Prolift vaginal mesh device, send us an email or click the live chat link at the bottom of this page to tell us the facts of your case and start your road to recovery.

Matthew L. White
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Founder & Partner of Louisville Personal Injury Law Firm Gray & White Law