Jury Hears Final Arguments in Bellwether Vaginal Mesh Implant Trial

Posted on February 19, 2013

Transvaginal mesh injury attorney Eddie Farah has been following developments in the first of 1,800 lawsuits slated to go to trial concerning injuries caused by Johnson & Johnson’s defective Gynecare Prolift vaginal mesh implant.

Jurors heard final arguments in the trial, which was held in state court in New Jersey beginning in January. During summation, the plaintiff’s attorney accused Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon unit of hiding the Prolift’s risks before it was implanted in his client. He argued that J&J knew of the risks even before the device was introduced in March of 2005.

The plaintiff claims she suffers from chronic pain and other health problems due to the implanted vaginal mesh. She says she has had 18 surgeries to attempt to remove the mesh. She also alleges she still has difficulty sitting comfortably and stood throughout the final arguments, according to Bloomberg News.

Her attorney told the jury that she could no longer work as a nurse because of her pain and suffers from “chronic, debilitating nerve pain” as a direct result of the inflammation caused by the implanted mesh.

“We know that there was a failure to warn, and there was a causation as a result of the failure to warn. We know that tragic decision to put in the Prolift destroyed [my client’s] life,’” the plaintiff’s legal representation said.

An attorney for Johnson & Johnson argued that the Prolift was studied “extensively” and that Ethicon adequately warned doctors of its risks. “It is not a defective or unreasonably dangerous product,” she told the jury.

If you believe you’ve suffered an injury due to a vaginal mesh implant, contact the transvaginal mesh failure law firm of Farah & Farah to learn about your legal options. We can be reached at (800) 533-3555 or contact us online. Let’s discuss your case. Your consultation is free and confidential.

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