In a case of negligence and product liability, a plaintiff sues Johnson & Johnson and other subsidiaries over defective vaginal mesh implant device. In the lawsuit, plaintiff claims of sustaining severe injuries from the device that requires surgery to correct. She also claims that since she underwent physical and psychological trauma due to the vaginal mesh implant she is entitled to seek and receive required compensation from the manufacturer and associated subsidiaries.

The case was originally filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania however it was removed and asked to merge with other surgical mesh lawsuits in the current Multi-district litigation (MDL) in West Virginia. The news surfaced when a woman from Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer along with subsidiaries as co-defendants in the case.

The plaintiff and her vaginal mesh implant lawyer also assert they were unaware of the risks associated with the devices and claimed that the manufacturers should have provided adequate warning about the risks with the implant.

The implant called as vaginal mesh, also known as pelvic-mesh or trans-vaginal mesh is a surgical remedy for those women suffering from Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) and/or Pelvic Organ Prolepses. The implant is one of those devices that received wide recognition and attention from women across the United States. Cases are innumerable and come to light every now and then; however, the FDA became conscious and alert about the defect in 2008 when the agency released a public alert stating the potential adverse impacts of the device.

The complications and issues pertaining to vaginal mesh implant result commonly from child birth and pregnancy where due to extra pressure exerted by the growing baby shifts pelvic organs that leads to bladder incontinence and other associated problems. The vaginal mesh implants are manufactured and designed to repair the problem and alleviate the symptoms. Some of the complications of vaginal mesh implants include

  • Vaginal Pain, leg pain, abdominal pain or pain in the pelvic region
  • Bladder, bowel and blood vessel perforation during insertion
  • Frequent infections in the urinary tract
  • Urinary problems, like stress urinary incontinence (SUI)

MDL is a judicial proceeding that is designed to expedite legal activities to fast track the proceedings associated with it. The MDL process is one of the methods widely used in the United States to conserve judicial resources and solve the litigation in time. The method has been of great help to streamline judicial processes like lawsuits, litigations and settlements.