The national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, Charleston Division, where it will join many lawsuits centralized in multidistrict litigation under Chief Judge Joseph R. Goodwin. The lawsuit names Johnson & Johnson, Ethicon, Inc., Ethicon Women’s Health and Urology, and Gynecare as defendants.
The lawsuit alleges that the Gynecare Prolift + M Pelvic Floor Repair System and the Gynecare TVT Obturator System caused pain and serious injury in the plaintiff, a woman from Nassau County, New York.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was implanted with the transvaginal mesh systems in July 2009, following which she began to experience significant physical and mental pain and suffering, permanent injury, permanent and substantial physical deformity and loss of bodily organ system.
The lawsuit alleges that the material used in the mesh reacts with human tissue, exposing women to vaginal erosion, extrusion, perforation, infection, chronic pain, and abscess. According to the suit, the defendants continued to market the mesh, despite the fact that they knew or should have known about the safety risks of the mesh.
Parker Waichman LLP advocate for the rights of victims injured by defective drugs and medical devices, said that the FDA has warned that complications from transvaginal mesh products are “not rare” and that there may be no benefit to using this device over non-mesh procedures. J&J said last month that they would no longer sell four transvaginal mesh products, including the Prolift, Prolift + M, TVT Secur and Prosima systems.