CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In an effort to skirt their responsibility to countless injured women, Johnson & Johnson accused plaintiffs’ and their lawyers of fraud in the thousands of transvaginal mesh cases.
In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, 23,000 transvaginal mesh cases have been consolidated before Judge Goodwin. In an effort to distract from the issue at hand, a dangerous and defective medical device, Johnson & Johnson and its unit Ethicon filed a motion with the court asking it to investigate the possibility of fraud by the victims. The motion accused the attorneys representing the women and their families of illegally soliciting clients to join in litigation via phone calls (i.e. a call center).
What Johnson & Johnson failed to remember is that the plaintiffs’ attorneys raised this issue with the judge over a year ago. Several clients had received an unsolicited letter from a call center that bore the FDA’s logo and promised $25,000 in compensation for their injuries from transvaginal mesh. The victims’ attorneys immediately informed the judge and asked him to investigate.
Rather, the company wanted these women to show proof they had been hurt by an Ethicon device even after a random sampling of the cases last year showed that all the women had been implanted with transvaginal mesh.
Delaying Due Compensation for Victims
Johnson & Johnson’s move is just another tactic in an effort to delay compensating so many women for their transvaginal mesh injuries. It refuses to acknowledge that its various transvaginal mesh products seriously harmed thousands of women across the country.
Transvaginal mesh is a surgical netting used to support the muscles in the pelvic region. It was created as an easy tool to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. Weakened muscles in the pelvic region – typically caused by childbirth, menopause, or a hysterectomy – can result in the neighboring organs falling out of place. Transvaginal mesh was meant to solve that problem. Instead, it has been found to exacerbate it. Not only do many women subsequently suffer from prolapse after having the mesh implanted, they also sustain other serious complications. The mesh has a tendency to erode and break off into pieces. These pieces puncture neighboring organs and scar tissue. This can result in organ problems, infections, bleeding, and pain. The only effective treatment option is subsequent surgery to remove the mesh.
If you or a loved one is suffering injuries caused by transvaginal mesh, do not feel intimidated by the big medical manufacturing companies. Speak to an experienced attorney in your area and ignore unsolicited contact from unknown persons or companies.