Yesterday, a Hackensack, New Jersey jury awarded a 71 year old woman $4,000,000 for pain and suffering, $1,000,000 for loss of conjugal affection and $10,000,000 in punitive damages for the ordeal she was put through due to a defective pelvic mesh implanted in 2008. The plaintiff testified that ever since Ethicon's Prolift mesh device was implanted, she has suffered chronic pain and multiple corrective surgeries. The jury learned that the manufacturer of the pelvic mesh knew that it posed a risk of pain and other problems, such as incontinence which require corrective surgeries but failed to warn potential users of this risk.
The Prolift pelvic mesh was removed from the market in 2012 and over 9000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits have been against Ethicon in New Jersey alone and another 40,000 suits nationwide. In 2013 another New Jersey jury found against Ethicon for the same defective product and awarded $11,000,000 to a woman who had 18 revision surgeries post mesh implant.