Court Orders J&J To Pay $5.7M

A California jury ordered Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to pay $5.7 million to a woman who was a victim of the company’s Abbrevo vaginal-mesh implants because the implant eroded inside of her, and forced her to have surgery. This has been the first verdict for the device.

The verdict was decided after a three-day deliberation concluding Thursday that the vaginal mesh sling was defectively designed and J&J Ethicon failed to warn doctors and patients of the risks of the device. The victim, Coleen Perry was awarded $700,000 in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages from mishandling the device.

This is the first verdict to find fault with the Abbrevo sling. The device introduced in 2010 and was used to treat incontinence in women. Analysts believe the market for these devices is expected to top $1.7 billion by 2017.

The company executives do not feel they have mishandled the device and plan to appeal the verdict, according to J&J officials.

Stated in Bloomberg news, Matthew Johnson said, “The evidence showed the TVT Abbrevo mid-urethral sling was properly designed and Ethicon acted appropriately and responsibly in the research, development, and marketing of the product.”

Several other lawsuits have been filed for this device and many other defective devices. If you or someone you know was injured by this device or any other defective device, contact a personal injury attorney immediately. The Carlson Law Firm has a team of personal injury lawyers that will be by your side in your difficult time. Contact the office for a free consultation.


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