A recent settlement between Johnson & Johnson and plaintiffs who suffered from transvaginal mesh inserts has been reached. While the company has not let on to just how much it will set aside to settle similar claims, this latest agreement may give some clues into how far it will go to resolve the lawsuits that have been brought against them.
Currently, Johnson & Johnson is facing an additional 46,000 additional lawsuits. Judges in the states of New Jersey and West Virginia are pressing the company to resolve them. One of those resolutions lead to a $5 million settlement which, according to J&J, was a unique circumstance. “presented unique circumstance.”
According to Carl Tobias, who teaches product liability law at the University of Richmond in Virginia, “This settlement is a bad sign because it shows investors it’s going to cost a lot more to deal with this liability than people expected.“
In January, Bloomberg reported that J&J agreed to pay some $120 million in order to settle between 2,000 to 3,000 lawsuits involving the company’s transvaginal mesh. The following month, a Philadelphia jury awarded $13.5 million to a woman who alleged being harmed by J&J’s Prolift. A New Jersey court also upheld a verdict this year for $11.1 million that J&J had attempted to appeal.
The FDA increased regulations for transvaginal mesh and their use in patients and found that the inserts should be classified as higher-risk products when they are used to shore up organs.
The use of transvaginal or urogynocologic meshes has been used surgically for many years in the treatment of hernias, incontinence, and other issues. If you or someone you love has undergone surgery for such a condition, consult with your physician about any potential risks or any concerns that you may have.
If you or someone you love has suffered as the result of surgical transvaginal or urogynocological mesh, you may be entitled to compensation. If this describes symptoms you have experienced, then contact the offices of John Foy & Associates to make an appointment to discuss your case. Call the “Strong Arm Attorney” in Atlanta who can help you get the compensation you may be entitled to. Call us today at 404-400-4000 to schedule a free consultation regarding your case.