December 21, 2015 — A state court jury in Philadelphia has awarded $5.5 million to a woman who was injured by Johnson & Johnson’s Prolift pelvic mesh implant.
Law360 reports that the woman, Patricia Hammons, was implanted with the Prolift in 2009 to help support a sagging bladder.
Soon afterward, she began experiencing pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia) that was so severe she had to break up with her boyfriend.
She claims the Prolift is defective because it can erode into tissues, perforate internal organs, and cause chronic pain. Multiple surgeries may be necessary to correct these complications. Even with surgery, some women are left in chronic pain.
Johnson & Johnson is facing nearly 200 similar cases in a Philadelphia mass-tort. Over 28,000 lawsuits involving vaginal mesh remain pending in a centralized federal litigation in West Virginia. The company was hit with an $11.1 million jury verdict last year in favor of a nurse from South Dakota who was severely injured by the Prolift.
Lawyers accuse the company of selling a defective and dangerous product. The Prolift design is based off a similar device that was recalled in the 1990s for safety reasons, according to Bloomberg. The Prolift was pulled off the market in June 2012, just months after the FDA asked Johnson & Johnson to conduct safety studies.
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