Jury Awards $20 Million in Pelvic Mesh Implant Case Brought by Stark & Stark

Posted in Medical Devices

A Pennsylvania jury awarded a New Jersey woman $20 million for injuries she suffered after receiving a pelvic mesh implant made by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

Following a three-week trial in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, Peggy Engleman of Cinnaminson, New Jersey, was awarded $2.5 million compensatory damages and $17.5 million in punitive damages.

Martin P. Schrama and Stefanie Colella-Walsh, both partners with Stark & Stark, filed the complaint on behalf of Ms. Engleman in 2013 and worked with a team of attorneys on the case.

The suit claimed that a TVT-Secur device manufactured by Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, was defective and the companies failed to warn users of the risks. Ms. Engleman had the device implanted in 2007 to relieve stress urinary incontinence, but said the device failed shortly thereafter. She began to experience pain and discomfort as the mesh started to erode inside her body and underwent multiple surgeries. Physicians were unable to remove all the shards of mesh in her abdomen.

“Through this stunning verdict, the jury has unequivocally shown that Johnson & Johnson will have to pay a high price if their products are defective and harmful as well as their marketing practices unethical,” said Mr. Schrama.

Ms. Colella-Walsh added, “We are proud to bring justice for Peggy Engleman, who suffered incredible anguish and suffering, and hope to win additional verdicts for others experiencing unexpected consequences as a result of pelvic mesh implant failure.”

There are still 183 cases pending in the pelvic mesh implant litigation. The next case scheduled to go on trial May 22. Two earlier verdicts in Philadelphia resulted in awards of $12.5 million and $13.5 million. Johnson & Johnson also faces tens of thousands of additional lawsuits around the country regarding pelvic mesh implants.

Since 1933, Stark & Stark has developed innovative legal solutions to meet our clients’ needs. More than 100 attorneys, 30 practice areas, and a philosophy of putting the law to work for our clients is the basis from which we build and maintain our practice. Boasting one of the oldest law practices in New Jersey, Stark & Stark offers a full range of legal services for businesses and individuals. After more than 80 years, our attorneys continue to deliver practical, efficient solutions to clients in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and throughout the United States. Our attorneys are supported by a staff in excess of 200, all of whom are dedicated to providing the highest level of service to each client.  Visit www.stark-stark.com for more information.

 

 


NOTE: Any information about verdicts or settlements obtained are based on the unique facts of each case. Although these results were obtained by our firm, they may not indicate the probability of success or implied value of any other case. This amount reflects the gross recovery in the case (before attorneys’ fees and expenses).