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Philadelphia Jury Awards $41 Million to Woman With Defective Transvaginal Mesh

At the end of January, a Philadelphia jury awarded $41 million to a woman suffering injuries from defective transvaginal mesh devices. She needed nine surgeries and three implants to address resulting problems with further complications.

Trend in Multimillion-Dollar Awards for Pelvic Mesh Injuries

The 5-week trial follows an ongoing trend in multimillion-dollar awards involving Ethicon’s pelvic mesh products during recent years. The 12-member jury in Emmett v. Ethicon delivered the verdict in Judge Kenneth Powell’s courtroom. The award included:

  • $15 million in compensatory damages
  • $25 million in punitive damages
  • $1 million on a loss of consortium claim

  • Severe Complications Resulting From Pelvic Mesh Implants

    The 57-year-old woman needed three pelvic mesh devices after she experienced organ prolapse. The mesh continued to erode and resulted in the following complications:

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Painful bladder contractions
  • Discomfort during sex

  • Besides nine surgeries, she had more than 40 nerve treatments, which included injections. Reports also indicated that a piece of mesh permanently injured her husband’s penis during sex.

    Pelvic Mesh Case Tried Outside the Statute of Limitations

    The first mesh device was implanted in 2007, and the lawsuit was filed in 2013. Therefore, the case was tried outside the statute of limitations.

    Emmett’s case is one of nearly 90 cases pending in Philadelphia. More than 33,000 pelvic mesh cases are pending in the United States, claiming that the manufacturers did not provide adequate warnings about the dangers.

    With more than 100,000 pelvic mesh cases pending in a federal multidistrict litigation against six pelvic mesh manufacturers, the cases were consolidated to expedite the settlement process. Critics have objected to this approach, stating that the large number of cases resulted in smaller awards.

    Contact Bernstein, DeCailly & Marshall, PLLC for Personal Attention Regarding Pelvic Mesh Injuries

    Bernstein, DeCailly & Marshall, PLLC helps our clients find justice through legal action and financial compensation. Many who have experienced complications following a hernia operation are entitled to financial compensation that can be used to repay medical bills and other expenses. If you have had complications following hernia procedure and would like to find out how much money you may be entitled to, contact Bernstein, DeCailly & Marshall, PLLC now for a free case consultation.

    You deserve answers. We’ve got them.

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