California jury awarded $5.7 million to a Transvaginal Mesh plaintiff

On March 5, 2015, a California jury awarded $5.7 million to a Transvaginal Mesh plaintiff that alleged she suffered personal injuries after receiving an implantation of Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon TVT Abbrevo. The TVT Abbrevo is used to treat problems such as incontinence, and is one of numerous Tranvaginal Mesh products that are the subject of over 36,000 lawsuits.

After deliberating for four days in Bakersfield, California, jurors found Ethicon liable for problems with the TVT Abbrevo’s design and for failing to warn about its risks.

Perry was awarded $700,000 in compensatory damages and an additional $5 million in punitive damages.

The jury heard the plaintiff’s extensive evidence of how the sling began to disintegrate just six months after implantation, which led to erosion of the mesh into her vagina, causing extreme pain and swelling. Mrs. Perry testified that she is no longer able to have sex due to the pain and that her incontinence is now worse than before she had the implant.

Mrs. Perry’s physician testified that he would have never implanted the sling had he known about its tendency to erode and the difficulty in removal. He also testified that he no longer implants that type of sling devise in his medical practice.

If you or someone you know received a Transvaginal Mesh implant, please call our office for a free, confidential consultation to discuss whether you have a claim.